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    MBTA Construction Projects

    Based on an excerpt from BigE's photo. Is this "two sided canopy" part of the new CR platform or part of the bus project? It appears to be a ramp down from the bus level to the CR platform level (for the new platform?) Where the nearside "upper" canopy covers the ramp, and the farside "lower"...
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    Amtrak NEC, Downeaster, Acela, & Long Distance

    on the CT River Bridge, how far south are they willing to come? Seems like if they could come a little more south (than just the orange outline) they could both reduce the number of track-feet and put it all on one gentle curve for higher speed?
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    Worcester Kelley Square

    If traffic is slowed enough, I'd think many "regular" cyclists would feel comfortable.* Casual/fun/tourist cyclists, though, pretty much always want at least a green lane. * where regular is probably defined as "rides a bike for commute, chores, or regular fitness"
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    Amtrak NEC, Downeaster, Acela, & Long Distance

    and a nice chart in the article too
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    Amtrak NEC, Downeaster, Acela, & Long Distance

    +1. 10 minutes is a big deal--it costs millions to speed up track to save 10min, and it matters when you can save 5% to 10% on a 100 to 200 minute trip. Adding an extra seat to a trip (needing a taxi to get downtown) is also the wrong kind of friction. Cities are where they are for about the...
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    Real Masonry Arches (bridges, mostly)

    Can you name some real masonry arch bridges in/near Boston, particularly ones that you can walk under? No poured concrete, please. Trying to arrange a field trip for the kids (ok, me) There's the 1876 Echo Bridge, in Newton which is probably the leading candidate Sorry the Canton Viaduct, to...
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    Amtrak NEC, Downeaster, Acela, & Long Distance

    I've wondered if any of the light-colored stones were, themselves, reused from the 1899 station that burned in 1929.
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    Commonwealth Pier Revitalization (née Seaport WTC)| 200 Seaport Boulevard | Seaport

    is this still only 2 occupied levels? "Upper"/Summer St "Harbor"/Seaport Blvd Aren't the ceilings high enough that you could have done, at least in some places (4) Clerestory/Balcony (3) Upper/Summer St (unchanged) (2) Mezzanine (1) Harbor/Seaport (unchanged)
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Javier's picture (below) got me thinking: I guess some place has to be the last location to get its retaining wall, and somehow Somerville Junction Park was chosen as 1) Kinda in the middle; capable of handling both Magoun & Ball & Tufts (beyond) and Gilman (inbound side) 2) Had a fairly large...
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    Biking the Boston 'Burbs (Trails, MDC, & Towns beyond Hubway area)

    Did Coolidge have an office railcar? (we're going to move this tangent, if I figure out what it topic is ;-)
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    Biking the Boston 'Burbs (Trails, MDC, & Towns beyond Hubway area)

    The Mass Central Rail Trail is going to be a truly awesome active recreation/transportation boon.
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    Amtrak NEC, Downeaster, Acela, & Long Distance

    The Downeaster's sponsor, NNEPRA has a Portland Transportation Center page that says that the study of new sites was "Phase Two of Study Complete" in September 2020. I can't find a link, nor a reference in the September NNEPRA board meeting. Did I miss it somewhere?
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    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    I wonder if slow acceptance means they get to slow pay?
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    Biking the Boston 'Burbs (Trails, MDC, & Towns beyond Hubway area)

    When driving through Clinton, I knew this stone abutment had to be cool, but could not guess its purpose (so I forgot about it) https://goo.gl/maps/HrT8TPudQC4cnBsQ9 We were *so crazy high up on the side of the gorge* I couldn't imagine what the stones were for. Now I know, Thanks to this...
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    Volpe Transportation Center Development | Kendall Sq | Cambridge

    Are developers of projects like this required to estimate trip generation per landuse-unit per day by mode? At some point *somebody* should say Hmm, we just added 400 peak-hour trips to the Red Line....
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    All this strongly favors RUR (clockface, all day service, with less emphasis on "peak pulse in"/"peak pulse out") Driving (or BUS-on-Interstate): without strong peak jams, driving from Maine/NH, the Cape, or Western MA will usually be pretty easy To compete with driving, I think there'll need...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    I totally agree. I think the implication for the T is very clear: while the CBD remains central, the "pendler" commute (as regular as a pendulum) will not. The need to get downtown will be spread across both the hours of the day and the days of the week. For the rich, it will probably also...
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    Amtrak NEC, Downeaster, Acela, & Long Distance

    Yes: BBY and BOS tix are interchangeable for boarding. Answering my own question (with the help of 1-800-USA-RAIL) Didn't ask about RTE
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    Amtrak NEC, Downeaster, Acela, & Long Distance

    For Amtrak NEC, is it still the case that BOS, BBY, and RTE tickets can each board at the other two? Specifically I have BBY tickets and want to start at SS. (I started at BBY with a BOS ticket as recently as Jan 2020)
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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    I'm thinking we need a "Long Now" / "100 Year Plan" thread. Hoover Dam, Penn Station, Transcon RRs, Panama Canal, were all "100 years ago" things that changed/improved lives for what probably amounts to billions of people-years by now. These aren't quite God questions, but they do require...

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