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    New Cape Cod Bridges

    Because I’m inquisitive, and asking why things are not is a great way to understand them.
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    New Cape Cod Bridges

    Thanks, that pretty much answers the question. In theory, would a rail tunnel make sense as a replacement, especially if there were ever to be regular commuter service to the cape?
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    New Cape Cod Bridges

    Why not? I wasn’t thinking so much about the span but the height. As an active shipping canal, it seems to me that it would be more convenient for ships, especially with the rail bridge being a lift bridge. I just figure someone must have done a study on the topic, at least for the rail...
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    Politics of “Build Back Better”

    Honestly, I wanted to laugh at the comment, but I thought that would be rude if you were being sincere. Since our politics are extra dysfunctional these days, you really can’t be sure when some one is being sarcastic.
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    Politics of “Build Back Better”

    Thats giving Romney a lot more credit than he deserves. Honestly, I’m resigned to our politics being entirely disfunctional for at least another Presidential cycle (if we’re lucky) or two (if we’re not). Just the natural consequences of party re-alignment. An infrastructure bill is about the...
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    Politics of “Build Back Better”

    Not avoiding anything, I just don’t think Biden is suited to do anything at this point in his life. If I had to pick, I’d say Romney. If I had to pick a Dem, I’d have to think longer, but I could probably come up with someone.
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    Politics of “Build Back Better”

    It is an example. You show me evidence that 2021 Biden can negotiate with Congress in 2021. I’m not seeing it.
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    Politics of “Build Back Better”

    Got any evidence that he took questions off camera? Cuz non-partisan outlets like Newsweek noted that they just cut the video, and I haven’t seen any official statement that “we wanted to take the questions off camera.”...
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    Politics of “Build Back Better”

    But he isn’t, which is the issue. Look at what happened with that video chat the Biden Admin did with Congressional Democrats last month - the moment it was time for them (again, Congressional Democrats) to ask questions, the White House cut the feed.
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    Politics of “Build Back Better”

    Biden from 10+ years ago. There’s no way Biden is mentally fit to be wheeling and dealing with his former colleagues. That is another part of the hand the Dems have been dealt: the number of members of Congress in either chamber or either party that have the inclination to wheel, deal...
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    Politics of “Build Back Better”

    Then that is the hand the Dems have been dealt. They’ll have to deal with it. No sympathy, its how divided government works. They can either be modest in their aspirations and hope not to lose Sinema and Manchin, and maybe pick up any of the squishes that @shmessy listed, or they can swing for...
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    New Cape Cod Bridges

    I know its a favorite joke of cape residents, but was a tunnel ever a serious consideration, either originally or now? Something I wonder every time I go over either bridge.
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    New ads?

    Can we get the ads to not cover up the links to the parent forum/subforum/thread you’re in?
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    Politics of “Build Back Better”

    I will grant that, in theory. I think the only President who met with his own cabinet less than Obama was Harrison. The first one. However, regardless of his inclinations, whether Biden is actually up to the task of negotiating with Congress is another story.
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    Politics of “Build Back Better”

    The only thing Biden has that Obama didn’t is that fiscal conservatives in the GOP had been sent packing into the political wilderness even before Covid, and even moreso after. So, GOP opposition to spending will be on the allocation more than the amounts. That is it for Biden. Every other angle...
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    Regional New England Rail (Amtrak & State DOT)

    Anyone got any insight on this Amtrak Connects US proposal? The press release is underwhelming, but I see an additional route between Boston and Albany? http://media.amtrak.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Amtrak-Connects-Us-Fact-Sheet-for-Statement.pdf
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    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    This is a technical question, relevant to the Needham discussion tangentially. What are the challenges of large loops in transit? By way of demonstration: if the E line were restored down to Forest Hills, and then extended out to Needham as the LRT option discussed above all the way to the...
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    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    Speaking of... would a Boston-Plymouth ferry make any sense? Private or MBTA.
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    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    I wouldn’t be able to tell you. But at least all the parking lots give us plenty of room to play with.
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    I believe North Station is proposed to be entirely underground in some of the proposals, but I'm not 100% and heading to bed right now. As for whether its in this thread or god-mode, that is pretty much the crux of my question: at one point going out from the current plans does it stop being...

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