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    Boston worst traffic in the country.

    I don't know much about MD state politics, but in MA the identity or party of the governor matters much less than what Bob DeLeo wants, and being a transportation visionary is not a mantle he's seeking to claim. Perhaps you could say that the 2018 legislative elections contained a few warning...
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    No Orange Line trains have been seen since the yard derailment. I understand that they'd want to monitor and inspect the derailed train, but what about the other one? If the problem was truly the switch, then that shouldn't stop the second train from remaining in service, no?
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    This is extremely not a place I expected to see a gif of Jackson Yueill.
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    Logan Airport Capital Projects

    I don't fly all that often, but I've noticed something with the SL drop-off. The buses sit in each terminal for several minutes before departing. It wasn't typical dwell time problems with boarding/alighting, the bus was relatively empty and just sitting there. I suppose it was trying to...
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    Biking in Boston

    One very easy quick fix for the Ruggles-to-Fenway link would be to stripe a contraflow lane for a short stretch of Leon St. Over the summer I found myself salmoning up Leon for 50 ft, cutting across Centennial Common, then riding up Forsyth St to the Fenway path system via what appears on...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Since the recent weekend Orange Line closures between Ruggles and Forest Hills, it seems as though most if not all of the slow orders on the south side of the line have been cleared up. The approach to/from FH is noticeably faster and some crawling through the Ruggles area has gone away. Still...
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    How many hours of service does a normal Orange Line train car log per day? As things progress, how many hours per day should we expect a new Orange Line train to run?
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    Tomorrow, apparently!
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    TransitMatters has put out a detailed document advocating for next steps for Regional Rail. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/533b9a24e4b01d79d0ae4376/t/5d79bba143abe87e302375ae/1568258980819/TransitMatters+Regional+Rail+Proof+of+Concept+V1.pdf
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    I was heading south past Wellington a little before 5pm today and saw a four-car set of 1400, 1401, 1410, and 1411 rolling out the yard onto the test track.
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    Fairmount Line Upgrade

    The MBTA confirms that the Blue Hill Ave station will open tomorrow. https://twitter.com/JoePesaturo/status/1099783476516147201
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    Fairmount Line Upgrade

    Yesterday, someone from the Dorchester Reporter said there could be a soft opening on Monday with an official ribbon cutting on March 6. https://twitter.com/JennDotSmith/status/1098689353713373186
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    MBTA Commuter Rail (Operations, Keolis, & Short Term)

    Apologies if this was posted yet, but the extremely detailed commuter rail passenger count data has been released here: https://www.mass.gov/lists/2018-commuter-rail-counts It's broken down to the granularity of each stop of each train.
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    The Forest Hills upper busway is now open.
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    Logan Flight Additions

    Does Praia count?
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    Biking the Boston 'Burbs (Trails, MDC, & Towns beyond Hubway area)

    Progress on the Bruce Freeman trail in Sudbury: https://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20181016/sudbury-town-meeting-oks-650k-for-bruce-freeman-trail-design
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    Biking in Boston

    Two minor notes on DCR pet peeves that have been addressed recently. 1. The Curb of Doom near the Veterans Memorial Pool on the Paul Dudley White path in Cambridge just upstream of the BU Bridge has finally been fixed. Was that so hard??? 2. The desire line from the Emerald Necklace to the...
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    General Infrastructure

    FMCB to vote on Monday whether to approve $4m for the Worcester center island platform project. http://www.telegram.com/news/20180928/mbta-board-to-vote-on-contract-for-4m-center-platform-project-at-union-station
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    General Infrastructure

    Update on the Natick station redesign. http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20180812/redesign-on-way-for-natick-center-station Full high-level platforms, elevators, and a third track.
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Re: NSRL It seems like the only rail projects included in the Focus 2040 report are the ones they'd like to do regardless of what happens with the ongoing Rail Vision study.

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