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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Did the "Green Line Type Nine doors take way too long to close" thing turn out to be a nothingburger?
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    Freight and General New England RR News

    I don't think that Transitmatters is wrong when the say that turning Pan Am into a sort of "New England Network Rail" is a good idea. They are wrong that it's a necessary step to creating good passenger service (as F-line and others have pointed out), but an open-access railway has a good chance...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    If they remain in place, they won't be load bearing. It does look like they're going to stay put as decoration; they truly are the last steel elevated bents in Boston now that the Northern Avenue Bridge has come down.
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Maybe it's the transit equivalent of a trap street? Add a deliberate error to your map so if your rivals coppy it you notice?
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    You can't see it in that picture, but there are about ten of them, regularly spaced, running from just before the Cross St. bridge to the point where the commuter rail tracks bend away to the left. The placement suggests pylon foundations.
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    I follow Gary Keenor (@25Kv) on Twitter and he uses the term regularly; maybe it's a British thing?
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Spotted near Cross Street and Mass Ave: What look to be piles of ties covered by plastic sheets and and poured concrete bases for OHLE pylons.
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Dumb idea: Propose to electrify at least some of the commuter rail system using a 3rd rail. Naturally, the NIMBYS would be opposed, at which point a counter-proposal using an overhead catenary system that wouldn't fry their little Fifi with 700 or so volts could be laid out.
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    Freight and General New England RR News

    Dumb idea: Could (if given enough money) NNEPRA buy Pan Am (I guess turning into NNERA)? This really is a crazy transit pitch, but this really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
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    General Infrastructure

    I still don't get why MassDot is shooting themselves in the foot re: East-West rail. It's an incredibly cheap project (at the "minium build" end) that has the possibility to score them huge political points in the state legislature, a place where they need all the votes they can get (especially...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    Hot take: I don't think that "The reason we're building NSRL is so that we can have real RUR frequencies on all the commuter rail branches" and "I'm going to walk the length of the main tunnel to show you how short it is" are conflicting messages.
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    Apparently MassDot's plans still involve single-tracking the Worcester like through the project area.
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    The Big Dig was so complicated because they had to dig a tunnel through a city while keeping a highway running above it. Digging a short tunnel through a railyard while the highway remains diverted to one side would be much simpler.
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    The only people who are gonna mind that there are operational flaws in TM RUR plan is us. We're it. We aren't the target audience for this document. There are hundreds of thousands of people in the Commonwealth, including plenty of elected officials, who just looked at that map, said "cool, more...
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    North Washington St Bridge

    It'll be a shame to see the last elevated bents in Boston go.
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    If You Were God... Transit & Infrastructure Sandbox

    Arlington Heights/Watertown High-Speed line, via the Minuteman Bikeway ROW and the Watertown branch. Stops as follows. 1: Arlington Heights 2: Arlington Center (Underground) 3: Lake Street/East Arlington 4: Alewife (+non revenue trackage to Porter Square GLX extension for car movements) 5...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    From what I understand, people in the community at the time were not in favor of removing the elevated. The El was badly in need of rebuilding, yes, but fixing an old El to work in the 21st century is possible - just look at Chicago or New York.
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    We're talking crazy, right? So let's go crazy. F-Nubian but on an elevated structure. Twin portals/inclines in existing bus lanes on Washington Street so no green space is taken away from a community that sorely needs it. Stops at Tufts Medical Center, E. Berkeley/Dover (Underground)...
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    MBTA Fare System (Charlie, AFC 2.0, Zone, Discounts)

    In my opinion, if AFC 2.0 goes any further off the rails the T should just give up on charging any fares at all after a certain date.
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Okay, question time. Used to be, when bus routes 77, 71 and 73 were still streetcars (yes, today's route 77 was numbered 79 back then), standard operating procedure was to through-run cars all the way from Arlington Heights to Waverly/Watertown. Question: How in the WORLD did the MTA stop...

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