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    30 Leo | 30 Birmingham Parkway | Brighton

    It's a real shame that the current building is cute, and the replacement is so bland and ugly (at the same time!). But a parking crater is a parking crater, and there doesn't really seem to be a clear way to integrate the current structure into something new/denser. Aside from its aesthetics...
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    Future Transit Technologies

    I'd like to describe a form of travel I can manage here which I've never managed in the US. When I've gone on business trips I'll sometimes hang around wherever I've visited, sometimes visit a park or museum before catching the shinkansen back home. I'm able to do this because all shinkansen...
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    Future Transit Technologies

    Just a quick note: the chuo shinkansen is being built, in part, because the currently-existing Tokaido shinkansen is running at capacity and there's still a market left to capture. Tokyo-Osaka tickets are incredibly expensive and part of that is because the demand is high enough that prices have...
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    Freight and General New England RR News

    Also note the train-sized full window in the back - no better way to see the assets you own/you're buying than to simply look out the window! I bet 99% of this forum does exactly that any chance they get to ride intercity rail...
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    Gillette Stadium

    (apologies in advance for bringing parochial NYC politics into a Boston forum...) This was a terrible idea at the time, it was received terribly, it remains a joke and a stain on Bloomberg's term, and it somehow made the preternaturally corrupt Sheldon Silver (the NYS assembly head at the time)...
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    Gillette Stadium

    If you think a CBD stadium is a good idea, I'd encourage you to take like 20 minutes and load up Google Maps and explore the stadiums of major European and Asian cities. There's a definite pattern: the stadium is on a major subway line, or an inner-city regional rail branch line, but always at...
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    New Haven - The Gateway to the Knowledge Corridor

    Random question - anyone here know what's going on with the now-empty lots across the street from Union Station? They were still-standing public housing last time I was in town, and I know I've read articles about the buildings' lack of safety (fire hazard? lead paint? asbestos?) so I know there...
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    Regional New England Rail (Amtrak & State DOT & NEC)

    One place in which assigned seating could work is, I've been on some trains in some far-out region (think Concord-to-Portland in terms of size/distance) where a section of seats on a 2-car train will be assigned seating based on a ticket you've purchased on the train platform. But these aren't...
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    Regional New England Rail (Amtrak & State DOT & NEC)

    Writing from the Tokyo area, I think I can provide a bit of an example of what those "premium" seats look like, because every major line in the area offers generally 2 cars worth of them (out of 10~15). They're called the "green car" - they're not bad! You pay an extra 500~800JPY for the seat by...
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    Graffiti Images, Art, or Nuisance

    Finding a local artist or even local schoolkids to make murals along the retaining walls would be the best approach, because 1. it gives local buy-in to the neighborhood ("we made these walls, and so we'll put value on them" kind of thing) 2. an already-painted surface is less likely to be...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Finding a local artist or even local schoolkids to make murals along the retaining walls would be the best approach, because 1. it gives local buy-in to the neighborhood ("we made these walls, and so we'll put value on them" kind of thing) 2. an already-painted surface is less likely to be...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    I don't know if the MBTA considered this point, but concrete viaducts are, in general, far quieter compared to steel-based ones because they rattle much less as the train rolls by.
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    Regional New England Rail (Amtrak & State DOT & NEC)

    This idea could work if the service is designed exclusively as a feeder service for the connecting trains at New London and Worcester, where maybe the line is not operationally profitable on its own but functions as a loss leader to enhance the margins on the connecting services. The big issue...
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    Infrastructure for Personal Electric Vehicles (non-autonomous) in Boston

    I figured as much. Basically, every parking meter would require a very high power feed installed, with the requisite electric capacity brought online. So unless the batteries can recharge in record time, or the city invests in a huge new recharging infrastructure, on-street parking becomes much...
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    Infrastructure for Personal Electric Vehicles (non-autonomous) in Boston

    As someone who is largely ignorant on this specific subject, is it possible for parking meters to be replaced by or expanded with charging stations? Say, you park your car at a station and the meter charges your account based on the time & charge you put into your vehicle? The solutions, to me...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches (Maine Edition)

    It's also not going to happen when there's still so much available space on the peninsula itself, especially around Center Street and along the Bayside Trail. Turning I-295 into a boulevard with F-Line's elevated rail proposal is a useful way to make areas along that strip more viable to...
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    MBTA Construction Projects

    F-Line's picture shows up broken in the thread for me, but clicking the broken image tag successfully opens the photo in a separate window. Refreshing this page afterward did not load the image in the thread.
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    Fall River/New Bedford Commuter Rail (South Coast Rail)

    Unless I'm misunderstanding you, it seems it would have been a better idea to do phase 2 before phase 1? Yeah, they don't serve the actual south coast until the very end of the project, but at least they build the hardest part first and don't overwhelm the single-tracked segment shared with...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    Isn't there a fair amount of freight interference on the North side to the point that electrification can't actually cover most of it? I'm thinking of the Haverhill line in particular. So that "a few diesels" is probably a lot more diesels!
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    To speak slightly tangentially based on this point, a key aspect of making this work is rigorous adherence to a standardized schedule with clear local/express/super-express(?) differentiation, and open-source (or easily accessible) published schedule data. I'm more familiar with Tokyo-area rail...

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