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    Waltham Infill and Small Developments

    Speaking of the roads in this area... Why does Border Road have those gate arms, and whats with the eternal construction site there? I get the power lines are a massive blocker, but still.
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    The MBTA recently posted a short "Key Takeaways" about the life cycle cost differentials between maintaining trolleybus service and switching to BEB for the 71 and the 73. It's only 2 pages, so it's all below. I'm not qualified in the least to vet these numbers, but it seems to justify the...
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    Boston Parking Lots

    According to The city assessor tax parcel database, the ownership situation is fractured. The strip mall side, old navy, the stop and shop and the entirety of Allstate Rd are owned by entities affiliated with "E&A Northeast," which is it's self owned by Edens, which appears to be a large...
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    Logan Airport Flights and Airlines Discussion

    It's not a bad bet that it was between that and the fact it's the prefix for all US aircraft registration numbers and thus their default callsign. (It affected Norfolk too, which is ORF to tie it back to why ORH)
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    Logan Airport Flights and Airlines Discussion

    They installed a CAT IIIb ILS (Instrument Landing System), with a new jughandle taxiway that came online back in 2018. The IIIb means that it allows for complete autoland, but that also presumes the aircraft being so equipped as well. The e190s/320s that JetBlue flies can take advantage, the...
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    Fall River/New Bedford Commuter Rail (South Coast Rail)

    The second half of Flines post I quoted above is probably substantively similar in covering the issues here.
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    Logan Airport Flights and Airlines Discussion

    I've been playing around with this a little in my head, and I actually think BOS Logan landing and gate fees may be a little too low to incentivise the ULCC carriers to go to ORH and the relievers instead of Logan. If you compare the service footprint of the ULCCs (Frontier, Allegiant, Spirit...
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    Commuter Rail to New Hampshire?

    NHDOT posted the Public meeting slides here. What struck me about all of their station designs (attached here), is that both Nashua and Manchester require track level crossings to access their island platforms, and Bedford requires it for it's very small outbound side platform. It must be ADA...
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    Can the Charles River be made more navigable?

    I question the viability of having bus stops on fresh pond, itself as that road isn't... Generous in any way, especially with traffic. Also, this area has a lot of routes serving radial routes from Harvard/Central/Kendall, with crossings into AB instead of this circumferential route I feel is...
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    MassDOT Rail: Springfield Hub (East-West, NNERI, Berkshires, CT-Valley-VT-Quebec)

    While a dedicated lane is probably a nonstarter, you can probably find your way to a authorization process to certificate private bus drivers to use the shoulders. Probably restrict that to common carrier vs the employer shuttles though.
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    RI Center of Excellence for Laboratory Sciences I Parcel 25 I 195 District I Providence

    That... Is an unnecessarily complex and grandiloquent choice of name, especially compared to what it's replacing: the State Health Laboratory. Why is RI so prone to this? Beyond formerly having the longest state name, they do frame the central landfill as the "Rhode Island Resource Recovery...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    That particular slide is part of a proposed action to waive the last 2 years (~30 million) of contributions, and return what they've already contributed with interest. Part of the rationale for doing that now instead of waiting for project closeout is that they have a surplus already that will...
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    Fall River/New Bedford Commuter Rail (South Coast Rail)

    Combined with the discussion over in the MassDOT rail thread, This actually lends itself to an interesting hypothetical: You are MassDOT secretary. You have been given 2.5 Billion 2020 dollars in federal funding, which cannot be diverted to another mode. To access it, you alone must choose to...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Given the uncertainty coming into FY2022 when that budget was finalized I don't begrudge the MBTA being very cautious and conservative with it's financial planning. In general that's good practice - it's far better to be left with money in the bank than be in the red. In fact, the state...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    If they're using the generally accepted accounting definition, that's current assets- current liabilities. In short, it's the difference between what they have on hand and what they owe over the next year. Colloquially however, it often means operating liquidity- having the cash on hand to pay...
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    MBTA Commuter Rail (Operations, Keolis, & Short Term)

    Interestingly enough, per local environmental filling, the MBTA is planning on relatively substantial improvements to that Rochester facility. Using on-call contracts, so it'll take a while and be basically invisible as a project. Hell, that entire shop is invisible. I always thought it was...
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    Logan Airport Capital Projects

    You know... I'd forgotten about that, since I usually don't fly internationally direct out of Logan and haven't generally for the past 2 years. You're right that the upper bridge can't come down to the main deck level of a 777; the original plan was for 3 jet bridges, 2 main and 1 upper before...
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    Logan Airport Capital Projects

    That article is a bit... thin on detail and big on outrage. The 2 bridges may not be strictly necessary for single level jets, unlike the a380, but honestly it's still useful for all the 777s / a350s. 2 door boarding for international widebodies is pretty standard these days for new build...
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    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    Since it hasn't been posted here anywhere that I can find, new GL Babcock St and Amory St stations officially open tomorrow, Monday the 15th! That's ~3 month improvement on the original date of Spring 22 prior to acceleration, and which is the same day the new Chelsea CR station opens. Also...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    If it helps, if you're walking along 28 the bus loop wouldn't be very visible, or even generally. it's going here, just off of water st, underneath the new viaduct. Given it's location, I doubt it opens a day before the station does.