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    A Place to Argue about Political Correctness & Cancel Culture

    Everybody you know at Facebook has collectively less than 50% voting share. These issues have gotten barked up to the highest levels time and again, and when push comes to shove it's Zuck's singular worldview that "higher engagement is always a force of good" that shapes the...
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    A Place to Argue about Political Correctness & Cancel Culture

    When has Facebook ever had a tendency to do that? They aren't reflective of any culture of place-or-time. They're a dictatorship of Zuck both in top-down decisioning and the voting shares that back it up. Did he not say in the face of the last/stiffest advertiser boycott: "They'll be back"...
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    Infrastructure for Personal Electric Vehicles (non-autonomous) in Boston

    Great...that's so totally not the question posed or explicitly namechecked in the thread title. Could we please keep the autonomous driving evangelism to the containment-vessel thread specifically designed for that brand of fight clubbing? "WHAR CHARGE TESLA IN TEH CITY...WHAR?"
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Well...NETransit has already kind of done that as one-stop shopping for close to 20 years, so anyone who cares enough has already had that site bookmarked. And it's officially-sanctioned by the T, who feeds the site author the internal roster info, to boot. Maybe it's worth putting in the Blue...
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Per NETransit, down to the final 4 acceptances on the +60 option order of Hybrid buses. Order will be complete within a week...and then it's a winter's worth of the continuing equipment shuffle from Charlestown to Lynn to Fellsway to rejigger bus assignments for bumping the final 59 Neoplans...
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    Hall of Shame Nominees

    There was no such back-history. The building dates to 1970 when free-falling Boston & Maine RR still owned all that land and there was no such thing as MBTA Commuter Rail. That was only 12 years after Draws 3 & 4 got torn out, when re-increase in train traffic was a prospect beyond reliable...
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    Worst Infrastructure Proposal Nominations

    Also...can't believe I'm the first to chime in with this one given how much scenery it chewed on the main thread during Calendar Year '20: Mass Pike Allston 'Throat' Realignment Or rather...what failures of process fucked up 9 ways to Sunday what should've been a straightforward decision, to...
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    Hall of Shame Nominees

    To be perfectly fair, MGH has a short and easy-to-dump lease on that building on the very assumption that the slab is going to be terraformed by something grander after the Garden side of the block is 100% infilled, so there's (1) no strategic blockers whatsoever here, and (2) as exploitable...
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    Hammond Pond Pkwy Road Diet

    12 ft. wide is the most they can fit within the lane-drop and existing shoulder grass while affording buffer protection from road spray. Anything >18 ft. off to the side would probably come at double the cost for the extra wetlands permitting to widen the roadpack to greater than what it is...
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    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    The most congested part of the tunnel between Kenmore-Arlington with the densest signalling blocks is routinely slow because all of the blocks are occupied by trains. Keep in mind the comparison with HRT is out the window here because the branch merging/splitting is an order of magnitude...
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    Best Completed Infrastructure Nominations

    I'd like to nominate the bike lane confetti cannon that got sprayed en masse all around Metro Boston city streets during the Year of COVID. Pandemic short-term traffic reductions being the strangest of all impetuses for doing something that should've been done years ago at ⅛ the NIMBY...
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    Best Completed Infrastructure Nominations

    I dunno. It looks real pretty, but with all the drone cam footage shared of the new configuration in action I'm still a solid "Nope" on whether I'd willingly let myself walk across that thing as a pedestrian or find my way over there in a car if any plausible detour were available. Which isn't...
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    Worst Infrastructure Proposal Nominations

    East-West Rail Study. Tankapalooza effort solely to sow political division, and takes a steaming dump all over the damn-near perfect NNEIRI (a.k.a. the "Springfield Hub" project) study that preceded it in the effort to confuse and obfuscate. Over-expensive, paltry fake ridership stats because...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    It's urban renewal nuke zone, yes...but Melnea Cass is the only isolated stretch of it all around. Getting up Washington in a dig is a blowout-and-a-half in utility relocation under a much older street, and trying to string together the Urban Ring has the killer issue of there being fuckall...
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    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    LRV bike racks are old hat. They're more standard than optional on new makes these days, anyway. We need 100% low-floor vehicles in order to do them, and need the 'stretched' trains where a single Type 10 car is as long as 1-1/2 current cars and has the extra doors. Current half-high/half-low...
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    Hammond Pond Pkwy Road Diet

    It's an officially designated area for peds/bikes to be, vs. the makeshift footworn dirt strip on the shoulder that exists today. That in itself is revolutionary for DCR. You realize this was a "parkway" that for 7 decades has had zero non-automobile accommodation whatsoever.
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    Hammond Pond Pkwy Road Diet

    A real sidewalk?!?! On an MDC parkway?!? What bizarro world is this?
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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    Also, keep in mind that Victorville was the original terminus of this project dating back >1 decade and several owners ago, on assumption that CAHSR would be proceeding faster on the L.A. linkup and it wouldn't have to be the Vegas venture's problem. Things are obviously different. HOWEVER...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Sounds like "Fix it!" is the directive getting pointed at the brainrot at the top of MassDOT if the same person who got brought in for the rancid RMV scandal cleanup is coming in here on the heels of 2 years of botched-execution study/project/budget outreach significantly angrying up the...
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    Federal Government - 2021

    Yeah. She's talented...she can probably do good with some rejuvenation. But...yuck...the past 2 years have been a painful display in hanging on too long, and shredding her past advocacy street cred. It's past time for some fresh faces at the top of MassDOT.

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