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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    This seems no different to the new Transit layer in Gmaps.
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    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    The T is not having good luck with these "system integrators". First it was the fare 2.0 with Cubic as systems integrator now it's the GL train protection system and BBR ?
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    DCR Allston-Brighton Riverfront Parks and Parkways

    DCR, asking itself: What purpose do I serve then?! I don't think it even needs 2 lanes in each direction - but i do worry if they're trying only to re-use a single barrel of this dual carriageway they won't get the turn lanes needed to take more traffic off the Western Ave transitway and thus...
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    DCR Allston-Brighton Riverfront Parks and Parkways

    yeah - this is bordering on a false equivalency. The research isn't categorical indicating that medians = higher speeds. It's also easy to tell that by looking at street designs where they've been effective in reducing crashes, keeping speeds at the designed speed, and traffic calming have...
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    DCR Allston-Brighton Riverfront Parks and Parkways

    I wonder how this road diet works or does not work with Boston's idea for a Transitway on Western Ave. I thought this section of Soldiers field was supposed to take some of the displaced traffic.
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    Union Square Somerville Infill and Small Developments

    Here i was hoping that it would be micro units on the affordable end of the market instead of the middle to "luxury" end. Was hoping for more like 20 to 25.
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    They can not because increased frequency means more dispatchers.
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    This is the first time I've ever heard someone in my life call stockade fencing as "really nice".
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    I believe some of the other photos showed some sort of storm water retention structure going in under the smaller triangle plaza/traffic island, so, seemingly they had a bit more extra soil and fill to work with too. I think someone told me that surcharging is fairly common in the Netherlands...
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    Union Square Somerville Infill and Small Developments

    Has anyone added up the number of new units or net new units coming online in the next couple of years here? It feels like it could almost be a thousand new units in Union Square.
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    Unbuilt Highways in Massachusetts

    Wild to imagine that they thought this would fly. What a historical treasure. I'm also starting to see moderately progressive engineering show up at MassDOT. Less of the highway department of the 1970s and 1980s trying to build out the 1950s highway master plans and a bit more like they have...
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    Biking in Boston

    It seems like it should be DOT according to the MassDOT Open Data portal: https://geo-massdot.opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/7008c8d283f64612b1267e2b36867fd3_0/explore?location=42.352630%2C-71.110641%2C18.47
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    Heat Pumps vs Gas Pipelines

    Though, now that I think about it, condos I could see - if the cost of the heating is transferred from individual condominium to the HOA/association as fees. Though, yeah, even having a tough time imagining how one induces a relatively capital-averse landlord to shell out. Would it only be...
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    Heat Pumps vs Gas Pipelines

    I have been hearing that there's some momentum in Massachusetts for neighborhood or block by block installations of ground source heat pumps. Since a ground source well is a fairly capital intensive installation, spreading the capital and maintenance cost over several properties seems like a...
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    40 Rugg Road | Allston

    Allston is glowing up isn't it?
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    Union Square D6 | Somerville

    Some restaurant blog had a comment that they may move into the lab building ground floor when it is done so that they can remain in the square. Seems kind of wild since they just redid the interior of the restaurant.
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    Union Square Somerville Infill and Small Developments

    I think since 109 prospect is over the tracks it's not at all Union Sq but Inman Sq. Though technically since it's Somerville it could be "Portuguese Plaza".
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Yeah. They have also briefed their board as these are "temporary" service reductions that won't meet SDP. I wonder how long it will take before they need to run a Title 6 review.

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