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    West Cambridge / Alewife Area Infill & Small Developments

    New St. would be quite rightly integrated if the City would just @#$% or get off the pot about putting a Danehy-Rindge linking footbridge over the tracks. Then you've got all sides of the neighborhood tightly integrated by-foot and have all the safe access in the world to Alewife Station...
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    Portland Passenger Rail

    Not even sure why they're still calling this a "bus or rail" study when the rail line goes nowhere near Gorham to begin with. This is pretty clearly going to be an express bus corridor on ME 25, and the study is funded like it's for bus transit not rail transit to boot. Don't get me...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    Plus the Pike between Allston and 93 was mostly on the footprint of expansive (and by the 60's, expansively disused) Boston & Albany passenger train storage yards, with some adjacent rail-served industry. There wasn't a lot of residential directly in the path of the Pike, and the overall...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    Uh...that the capacity is needed. You don't have to agree with them on that point, but that was their decision: that they will not support dropping any Pike lane capacity as part of the fix. Not capacity by lane count, nor capacity by lane width. They've laid that out as a red-line...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    MassDOT's already nixed any 'throat' redesigns that do any lane drops, so couldas/shouldas and platonic-ideal lane configurations are irrelevant for making a final decision. Not to mention extremely beaten-to-death ground in the years of endless debate feeding into this stalemate, since it's...
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    Cambridge Infill and Small Developments

    From now on I'm definitely shopping the convenient, T-and-bike accessible new 600 Mass Ave. location for all my most pressing RETAIL SIGNAGE needs. No more loading it into the trunk at the suburban big-box location! (y)
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    It wouldn't affect anything. The redundant section is Kenmore-Copley, far away from the 'throat' project area. You'd need to retain Embankment Rd. from Public Gardens-Leverett Circle, as that's the MA 28 mainline and serves unique non- induced demand trips...though it probably could be slimmed...
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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    The local example of 'hunting' in action on the T is the Green Line Type 7's. All-around excellent cars over 35 years of service, but their one design Achilles heel is that on the very fastest parts of the D Line on the Newton straightaways the vehicles do 'hunt' quite a bit. Function of them...
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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    The power cars have a major 'hunting' issue with rocking back and forth laterally on their suspensions at top speed. Engineers who run them have said on RR.net that the cab ride can be a real barf-bag. That's a large share of their wire contact problems right there...the fact that they upchuck...
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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    Largely the Aveilas being more conventionally lightweight. The A1's are so uniquely world-heavy that they absolutely murder curve infrastructure at speed. Wear out curve rail more than more numerous commuter trains, more than more numerous Regionals, more than super-long LD's with their pretty...
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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    1) Curve straightening. Specifically whacking a handful of bad ones where a single-point curve or S-curve induces a punitive speed restriction. The docs Arlington linked to bullseye exactly which ones they are, and the most savings are rolled up into a relative handful of spots. Other things...
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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    Careful...there was only one media report from a not-very-reputable outlet that said that, and when pressed the reporter refused to elaborate. This needs additional confirmation that trade-in was even offered as a possibility by Siemens in the one-vendor contract, much less that Amtrak would...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Separate modes, separate dispatchers, and separate work windows by mode for Maintenance of Way staff. Saves a large amount of coordination when rapid transit's night work shift could be out any overnight on the week but Keolis uses the wee hours to stage some trains to the outer layovers and/or...
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    East Boston Infill and Small Developments

    Something about the combo of bay windows and nü-motif McDonalds cladding strikes as spectacularly ugly here.🤮
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    I think you have to look at recasting Worcester as more of a service layer cake, sort of like the New Haven Line. Hyper-local urban rail service every :15 to Riverside via Riverside spur: make all stops inside Route 128 including infills West Station, Newton Corner. Local regional rail every...
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    MBTA Construction Projects

    Per an RR.net spotter. . . The replacement Bacon St. Wellesley rail bridge span on the Worcester Line has been jacked into place for its rapid replacement the weekend of July 23. For the next 2 weeks they'll be doing abutment prep for the final move. Then during a weekend outage what's left...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    So does CP 43 interlocking where the T switches off the mainline onto its home turnout for Union Station and passes through a zillion yard and crossover switches in the process. Adding the infill stop means you spend all your time accelerating from recovery out of a dead stop only to...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Considering it's sub-10 minutes away on WRTA Route #15, not crazy but probably really really pointless. A trip already as long as Worcester can't absorb infinite infill stops. Those bullets have to be rationed to utmost needs only (say, Millbury for the Pike-accessible P'nR loading) and...
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    West Cambridge / Alewife Area Infill & Small Developments

    Note to self: start a specialty re-cladding business by 2025. Once we fully realize the depravity the last 10 years of clad fads have wreaked upon architecture, I'll be rich for life.:poop:
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    There's a ton of electrical and signaling plant that's going to periodically shoot out of the conduit, so they probably haven't even unloaded the permanent covers yet. Since they don't even have the center poles mounted they're a long way from done with the utility work there. All-around...

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