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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    When did they decide that? Citations, please, not mind-reading.
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    Mount Auburn Club Redevelopment | 57 Coolidge Avenue | Watertown

    Kinda sucks to lose athletic spaces like that. Though most of that sentiment is just polyanna hope that with new ownership there'd be wider public access to a retained prime athletic space, less hoity-toity club life. But I guess given that the private utilization was what it was and in sharp...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    Determining what is People's Pike's stance on the impasse would be a nice start. Lots of speculation going on here about what should be in their heads without any corroborating statements from the official advocacy. What do they think of MassDOT's negotiating or lackthereof? Can you point to...
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    Green Line Type 10 Procurement

    Meanwhile, while the New Red/Orange Cars thread starts losing grip on reality. . . Third-from-last Type 9 delivery arrived on the property last week for testing. CAF only has 2 units left to deliver. 16 in-service, 6 in-testing. Overall they're noticeably more frequent these days on the...
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    🔷 Open Thread

    That'll be a magnificent-looking lighthouse in the middle of Mt. Hope Bay when the neck of Portsmouth is submerged under water from sea level rise. 🧜‍♂️
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    Freight and General New England RR News are the state rail maps showing what is public vs. private. MassDOT doesn't seem to publish PDF maps anymore, so you have to go to their GIS website. NHDOT: PAR is in dark green. They own the...
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    Freight and General New England RR News

    There's basically nothing left that the state needs. Just the land underneath the 5-mile Fitchburg-Wachusett extension from the PAS side of the system (though the trackage rights are lifetime-guaranteed to prevent a repeat of the 1980's where Guilford/PAR evicted the T from Gardner in spite over...
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    Freight and General New England RR News

    No...because NNEPRA is a Maine agency and it's already a kludge how they administer the Downeaster through passive-participant NH. They can't outright-own outside Maine, having to rely on quid pro quos with PAR and MBTA. MEDOT and NHDOT can absolutely pony up to buy the Western Route, NH Main...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Problem with that is there's already unfavorable history with disabling the Acela 1's money-pit tilt mechanism. Bombardier derived the A1 tilt tech from the LRC integrated trainsets it built for VIA Rail's Canadian Corridor services in the late-70's. A 2000's midlife rebuild retired the...
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    Freight and General New England RR News

    It's not wink-wink. The GLX land swap deals granted the T lifetime irrevocable trackage rights to Concord at a nominal fee, as well as the Worcester Main for equipment swaps. The full text of it is spelled out in old Surface Transportation Board filings. That isn't changeable by the new owners...
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    Green Line Reconfiguration

    Probably GLX Union-Porter, because S.T.E.P. already has that earmarked as a future advocacy. Also wouldn't be any megaproject cost- or schedule-wise, which makes the follow-thru advocacy a lot easier. Boylston-South Station + Transitway as LRT replacement for canceled Silver Line Phase III is...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    Wouldn't work. The grades on 93 are too steep and meandering for rail. Drive it NB and see how right at the bottom of the incline you've got the curve + sudden upslope after the first merge. That's a definite no-go for rail grades. Plus the highway level leaks like a sieve. The one thing...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston I'm even more confused at the difference between citations public health installations stepped up by a pandemic (really...we're not doing any of that this side of the pond???) vs. resolving a design impasse on a project yet to be built. Is it loosely possible to pick a halfway...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    Tunnel stations would be constructed as such: Station bores are 2 tracks each just like the mainline. On the 4-track unified CA/T bore you'd have semi structural separation of Tks. 1 & 2 from Tks. 3 & 4 at each of the stations. Each 2-track station bore would have 1050 ft. Northeast Regional...
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    What are you listening to now?

    The kids are alright. 😂
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    General Infrastructure

    Dot Yacht's got moorings for 160+ boats, which is a pretty substantial amount of traffic. Way more than a "few dozen members". While most of the boats are slim-profile enough to slip under the bridge in the closed position making openings not too frequent a traffic snarl, on utilization...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    5 years of War, Resistance, and foreign occupation to recover from is not a 'feature' citation for best-practices. Jesus...what a way to find something infinitely worse than a deadly pandemic for self-justification. Not at all relevant in Paris' case, either. The main thrust of RER...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    Who says Jacobs' land is even *mostly* over RR tracks like the 100% stilts job at South Station? Look at the slabs in question on Google, bisected by the cutting Leverett ramps. NS ≠ SS by a million degrees. Backside of the Garden has slack space for 3 island platforms' worth of westward...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    "Lot of" is all relative. What passes for freight interference here is downright adorable compared to what Metra in Chicagoland or Metrolink & Caltrain on the West Coast have to swim through on a daily basis. You're not talking insurmountable challenges by any stretch of the imagination. Now...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    North Station land doesn't need to be freed up. Jerry Jacobs has air rights over the platforms to do as he pleases whenever he's ready for an back-side encore to Hub on Causeway. Ask him about that one, because he's the oracle there. "Central Station" only exists on the CA/T alignment as a...