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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    Until you go to Tokyo and then you have automated announcements, operator announcements and platform master announcements all giving you the same advice on door closures, departure times, destinations, and thanking you for riding their company and line.
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    BRT to 495 on Route 2 would be like the Flatirons Flyer in Denver's RTD or Minneapolis Highway BRT concept (current metro study here: https://metrocouncil.org/Transportation/Planning-2/Transit-Plans,-Studies-Reports/Highways-Roads/Highway-Transitway-Corridor-Study.aspx) with over the road...
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    Federal Government - 2021

    So many US citizens have drawn the line from Charlottesville to the other insurrectionist, terrorist, and white supremacist movements to the QAnon/Maga camps heading to DC today - and clearly the it's dramatic that the Capitol Police had its guard so down. I fully expect the 117th Congress to...
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    Federal Government - 2021

    You know the insurrection coming to DC was on the back of my mind late last night. But, yeah, i'm disapointed, not shocked, but sad and disapointed.
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    Boynton Yards | 101-153 South Street | Somerville

    The first and second floor entrances look much more 90s/Woburn than expected!
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    Federal Government - 2021

    With it looking like a Democratic trifecta for 117th Congress and 46th Presidency, what Federal policy on urban development, transportation and mobility, and public works are you going to be watching? On the legislative side of things, I'm curious about how Congress will process these bills...
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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    I've been on a few K-S curre9 generation LRVs and have enjoyed their very secure and comfortable ride. It does feel like a refined and modern Type 7.
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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    The key for me was realizing that LA with its polycentricity was not going to transform into Manhattan or Downtown Boston in the next century and would need to rely upon a very different type of transit network. Sadly after the 2008-2009 blowout of state and local government spending, spending...
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    What I hate about Boston

    To my friends, I've compared Boston to bits of suburban Tokyo or secondary city in Japan. Pretty. Static. Staid. Wish we had more of the features that made central Tokyo (inside the 23 wards) dynamic, cultural, and fun.
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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    As much as I think that intensification is the key to LA's long term transit future, past as prologue says that LA won't intensify in meaningful ways. The Metro A/Blue lines have been around for 30 years and .... While those areas near DTLA and DTLB have seen much development, the areas in...
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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    The tunneling restriction was a federal one -- brought about by Rep. Waxman (D) for CA-33. Basically any dollars spent on projects in LA couldn't be spent for subway construction from "fear" of methane explosion. The Ross Dress for Less explosion in 1985 was a horrific incident that was...
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    MBTA Construction Projects

    I did have the issue with the icon showing a "broken" image, however, when I clicked it linked me directly to the image. I wonder if the thumbs are just not working for off-site? Sincerely, a Chrome user~
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    Federal Government's Response to the Coronavirus

    Did you just say that the federal government controls the price of college tuition? Or private school tuition? Or private college tuition?
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    The Walkerian transit grid in Dot/Rox makes me think of all the possibilities when it comes to a high frequency network in that part of Boston. Glad that you visualized it for us to think about possibilities!
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Parts of Cambridge also benefit as well from the U2 branch...those sections of Inman Square and the Cambridge side of Boynton Yards are also set to benefit with relatively quicker downtown travel...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Slightly different mix of the same flavours - in my mind
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Going to have to keep searching for a PDF scan of this :)
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    All Things Brexit

    Interesting question on what happens to the Union and the question of Ireland. I've been following the ins&outs on YouTube through this channel -- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSMqateX8OA2s1wsOR2EgJA I think we'll have to see what happens after England and the UK's other constituent...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    I've been looking through older posts, but, is there an index of the various long-term planning studies for public transit in the region since WWII. I'm thinking like the Urban Ring, NSRL 1, NSRL 2, GLX, RBC 1, RBC2, or the PMTs. I'm trying to think through the whole universe of potential...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Agreed and to be honest I'm surprised somewhat that there wasn't something hidden under the surface that kaboshed the budget on this project. I know it's mostly previously built upon right of way but still like no plumes of oil soaked dirt or surprise half-mile long stone walls hidden by the...

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