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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    To get a report with suggestions by the end of 2024 sounds like a whole lot of nothing will come of this... (Unless when they're developing the report they realize there should be more urgency here...)
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    The T's response on the slower than expected green line is essentially that it's old and will likely always be slow, but now it's safe. Nothing wrong with the safe part, but they were advertising 9 minutes of saved trip time with the removal of these slow zones, and they've been very public in...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    I'm thinking it's dispatching/signals. The amount of times and length of time seemingly sitting still for no reason has been much more noticeable recently. But as I said upthread, I have nothing to back this up except for anecdotal experience... Maybe our operator can give some insight?
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    State Street HQ | One Congress | Bulfinch Crossing | West End

    Ome question I have is how safe and slow the construction of that building is going to have to be. It'll be near the tunnels again...
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    State Street HQ | One Congress | Bulfinch Crossing | West End

    This project as a whole must have some crazy balance sheet.... HYM's taste for risk is probably gonna drop a bit for a while.
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    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    Looks like there are more people there now, but none of it certainly felt public when I went through a few weeks ago. I assumed the second floor and pretty much anything other than the tall hallway were off limits for me. Now that I'm looking though, I think the second level might be sit-down...
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    East Boston Infill and Small Developments

    Not sure if that's a sarcastic comment or not, but I've frequently seen crews just sheet up a house and come back a day or two later to cut out all the windows with a router or circular saw, not much to do with framing. Wasteful, but that's construction... Honestly, if their windows are on...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Like I said, I'm not using today's experience to downplay all the work done or if there will be noticeable improvements that we will see with some more data, but it was a bit of a downer today..
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Purely anecdotal experience I'm sure, and not letting my first ride through sour my taste of the successes of these shutdowns just yet, but first commute from door to door both ways were considerably longer this morning than pre-shutdown (evening commute almost 80% longer...which is why I feel...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    It will likely be solved and lifted at some point. I'm not too concerned. This GM is much different from the last ones, and wouldn't let something like this slide for too long.
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    Bulfinch Crossing | Congress Street Garage | West End

    I imagine they are going to wait for a stronger lending market to build anything else here. This garage is definitely costing them a LOT more than they budgeted for.
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    Porter Square Infill and Small Developments

    It's still not an easy garage to place underground - there is a sizeable ventilation system that will have to be worked around, one way or the other. Not impossible, but also not the most free of obstructions.. This could easily support a few hundred low-parking units. I think you'll need some...
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    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    New food hall is opening.
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    🔷 Open Thread

    A little tired, and I skimmed it, but a lot of these posts/blogs seem to believe architects have a lot more power in today's built environment than they really do. That is to say it's not all owners' faults. Architects could stand to learn a lot more from builders and the modern process(es) of...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    What's the point of our state's $7 billion rainy day fund?
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    MBTA just made a real estate transaction in which they noted access to East Somerville will be improved with Somerville and private funds. The land"s primarily intended for an expanded GLX yard and new Maintenance of Way facility, and considering it's a real estate transaction at this point, we...
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    Allston Post | 25-39 Harvard Avenue | Allston

    Emphasis mine. You have a point, but it's not "the easiest way," it's the ideal way. Otherwise we'd see it a lot more, rather than developments with vacancies for years, Chase Banks, Capital One Cafes, and/or Starbucks/CVS moving in. If the city or state had more incentives/grants for this type...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    A real estate acquisition for expanding the new maintenance/storage yard related to Type 10 procurement was approved by the Board today. Important to this thread, this transaction enables 2 new connections to East Somerville Station, with funding both from private sources and the City of...
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    MBTA Construction Projects

    Additionally, ~June/July 2025 opening:

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