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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    I'll put this in crazy pitches, but it seems reasonable to me, just not in one big setup: Regional/Commuter Rail for Worcester and Springfield. Pros: -Gives New England's second and fourth largest cities their own rail network. -Fosters development/Economic opportunity in these...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    It's an important contextual piece to remind some of you who may not have been tuned in when station placement was an ongoing conversation, but Medford Hillside residents are the ones (not universally) who helped shoot down a Winthrop Street station (with the support of MassDOT) in favor of the...
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    Inside the mind of a NIMBY

    Tell that to people who watched farm land, orchards, and forests get turned into sprawling suburbia. I know my parents' hometown had all three in abundance when they were kids and now it's all "McMansions", as they say. But land doesn't complain on the internet so we don't hear about the foisting.
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    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    Am I wrong in remembering that the MBTA has also reopened (not shut down service may be more accurate) service on the D for game days? This may be different than not having weekend work though.
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    General Infrastructure

    A someone who models meter gauge in G Scale, the Rhaetian Railway (RHB) is the gold standard for meter gauge. The system is full of steep grades (up to 7% non-rack), actual spiral loops (like this one in Brusio), and even has a partnership with the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MTB) to run the...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    The like button doesn't come with a laughing/crying/angry all-in-one option for me to respond to on tis post. The only part of Alon's argument that I truely agree with is the missed opportunity of keeping John Dalton on the payroll. He saved at least tens of millions of dollars on a project...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Adding on to this, who would a parking garage in Union Square serve? The station is surrounded on all sides by both rail centered and parking adjacent stations.
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    @shmessy with the wise anti-snark in the comments section: "Let the yeast rise." 🤣
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Given that John Dalton is contracted to stay until the end of the calendar year, I'd say late fall 2022
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Heads up: Your Winter Hill bus lanes extend too far to the northwest. The lanes end before the top of the hill approximately at the junction of Main Street (Bond street for outbound) and do not continue on to Magoun Square. There was significant changes to bicycle lanes, parking, pedestrian, and...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    I did not have time to take a picture, but the ties are laid and the outside rail is in place (mostly) on the inbound side at Ball square station, closing the gap in the Medford line.
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    I've been outted as an ignorant! But seriously, I appreciate the correction. What would be the cost on this type of work-around (which was kind of my indirect point)? Also, one does wonder what kind of red tape exists now for this kind of work that didn't in 100 years ago or even 40. Not that I...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    You cannot cut and cover a river.
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    Green Line extension Newton to Needham

    You made a couple of posts similar to this back in July with a map picture to prove your point. The archboston search function was down and google was doing its .org issue, but I hunted down that Alewife post from F-Line above to point out how similar the density looked to your map picture...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    History repeats itself. One month to the day!
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    Green Line extension Newton to Needham

    What's a little bit confusing about your post is that the majority of the people in this section of the forum agree with you. Most of the advocates who are familiar support a branching Green line and/or at least a VFW terminus for the Orange line. I'm not really sure who (here) you are trying to...
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    New infrastructure bill

    There's a post from F-Line somewhere talking about the different types of track needed for LRT vs the Commuter rail. You would have to replace it all, but at least the ROW is there. First off, welcome! Second, I think you and @Tallguy are on the same page here, he's just talking about how off...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Sorry, character limit. I mean I don't agree with your cynical take on HRT never coming back into construction, but I understand your point. I would say that the reason we're still pushing for the starfish is because we never built the starfish. That's the reality. How can we move on if we're...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    I was responding to both you and @Tallguy in the same post, so apologies for not being clearer. Also, I'm not sure why I went brain dead on the counting the existing OL express track and saying we needed the Reading track to recreate the use of the express track. You're absolutely correct. We...
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    I'm going to address the Bus lane parts of this thread and I will go over to crazy pitches to talk about the future of Sullivan as a hub (bad time to not have been able to clarify. link from the future). There are three pieces that are covered by the bus lane: The first is what is needed now vs...

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