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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    I'm pretty sure Back St is legally a private way/alley just like the ones to the south in the rest of Back Bay. I base that on the crazy patchwork asphalt with dumpsters and various different private parking arrangements along the path. None of the parking, whether on the "street" or in the...
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    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    No. Slide 8 of OldColony's link says that Brigham-Mission Park is still under design and it's not scheduled in the list of work.
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    Which circles back to the original argument, which is that if you cut lanes on the Pike here, you're likely forever dooming yourself to requiring Storrow to remain largely as-is instead of the various (distant) future ideas people have about downgrading it. I also think that should anyone with...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    I'll disagree with that idea that it's just a long ramp. It's pretty common at high volume interchanges where an entire lane's worth of people are likely to be getting on/off at all times to not continue all lanes thru, it's just matching lanes to where the volume goes. And while I'm not a...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    I'm probably missing something here, but I don't get the great deal of handwringing over the "throat" from a non-motorized perspective beyond connectivity between the city + the riverfront path and ped/bike path widening/separation, and it looks like they're managing both. We're talking about a...
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    During major events, the BCEC crowd/security queueing spills out to cover pretty much the whole of the concrete in front of the building, to the point that it's difficult to get past on foot at peak entry times on that side of the street, and even with all that queue space sometimes pedestrian...
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    COVID-19 in Boston

    I don't think the street parking is any great loss, but I imagine the residential neighbors would not appreciate that sort of delivery time window.
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    I get that my lack of sympathy wouldn't win any points with Quincy-ites, but if you live in that neighborhood and have a problem with industrial operations, I don't understand what planet you were on when you moved in there to begin with. There's auto body/car repair shops all over the...
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Doesn't seem like too big of a deal to me? Route a boardwalk along the edge of the site/through the wetland area from the town parklet thing on Columbia St over to near the Deco building. Could probably make it look nice and like a modest expansion of their little park. If people want more...
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Comments: The block in front of the BCEC concerns me, especially from the perspective of what it's like when it's busy (long-time PAX East attendee). That area has problems with handling volume as it is whenever there's a sizable event with the heavy pickup/dropoff volume, the underground BCEC...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    FY20 ends in about a month. I don't think anyone is thinking you'd be restarting full service sooner than that even if a vaccine came out tomorrow. Last week's FMCB FY21 budget docs state: Looks like the federal assistance is going to mostly cover the gaps in the operating budget...
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    Northern Avenue Bridge Fort Point Channel

    The design shown is clearly not compatible with letting normal drivers on it for safety reasons as much as anything else. The road intersection on the Atlantic side means it wouldn't accomplish much of anything with private traffic utilizing it. If it was just a basic, narrower, bike/ped...
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    MBTA Construction Projects

    Tight workspace making work much slower if they're trying to maintain some sort of social distancing/limiting number of people working in close proximity to each other in a semi-indoor environment?
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    Fall River/New Bedford Commuter Rail (South Coast Rail)

    (Mods, feel free to move...) Pretty obvious to me why that's not really going anywhere: - Even if you wave a magic wand and erase I-91 from existence, the rail lines run directly along the waterfront, in a way analogous to the Worcester Line in the "throat" for the Allston project. So you're...
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    COVID-19 Impacts on Logan, MBTA, and Boston travel and tourism

    I think most of the carriers are too desperate to conserve cash to consider beefing up any service before demand is actually there, and while the bailouts avoid near-term bankruptcy, they don't avoid the need to cut their costs as much as possible. As it is, it sounds like they may be...
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    COVID-19 Impacts on Logan, MBTA, and Boston travel and tourism

    So, at this point I'm curious as to what international is still flying out of Logan and without a near-term announcement of imminent cancellations. Browsing some of the announcements and the Logan flight statuses, it looks like what's left is: Aer Lingus - Dublin Air Canada - Montreal +...
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    Green Line Type 10 Procurement

    I think the obvious answer to that is that the public badly wants the new Red/Orange Line trains to be in service and replacing the battered/abused old ones, as well as the other (capacity) improvements that come along once they've been fully delivered. The Type 9's are extra fleet capacity for...
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    COVID-19 Impacts on Logan, MBTA, and Boston travel and tourism

    Not major, but presumably at least some of those cuts will be on Logan routes. Bloomberg Article
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Looks like West of the intersection is considered part of GLX:
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    Green Line Type 10 Procurement

    I think this is a misunderstanding. The GLX is not going to "get" any specific cars. They needed a larger Green Line fleet to be able to serve the new stops/branches with appropriate service levels, the new fleet is not specifically "for" the GLX. No type of train is going to just serve the GLX...