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How does that shed roof at Kendall actually work? It seems to change its direction and degree of pitch in each picture and to have really spindly supports (sometimes sloped toward the building, sometimes sloped toward the plaza).

How will it manage 36” of snow or an inch of ice?
 

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I hope they accounted for when the sun hits the snow or ice covered roof the chunks sliding off or water refreezing on the ground.
 

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Any initial reports about the operation of the North Station fare gates this weekend ? Especially on more likely to be unaware weekend travelers vs the weekday rush hour (i.e. daily/regular commute) crowd?
 

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Any initial reports about the operation of the North Station fare gates this weekend ? Especially on more likely to be unaware weekend travelers vs the weekday rush hour (i.e. daily/regular commute) crowd?
Haven't heard anything yet. On that topic, though, does anyone know if the gates can tell if a ticket has already been used in them? (At various points in time the subway gates have been prone to a glitch where they'd have an error reading CharlieTicket passes, and then say the pass had already been used when they were tried again, which was excruciatingly annoying, and would be extremely annoying to CR passengers if these gates can do the same thing.)
 

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Any initial reports about the operation of the North Station fare gates this weekend ? Especially on more likely to be unaware weekend travelers vs the weekday rush hour (i.e. daily/regular commute) crowd?
I got off a Downeaster yesterday around 10pm in North Station, and the fare gates were all just open 🤷‍♂️

I have no idea why; maybe they had confusion when previous Downeasters came in? Or maybe there weren't any Commuter Rail trains leaving soon, so they figured they'd give the incoming Amtrak riders a break? Or maybe something about the gates wasn't working as expected, so they left them open?
 

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Lynn Commuter Rail Station Closes For Reconstruction Project

The MBTA on Saturday shut down the Lynn Commuter Rail station for an undetermined period of time in order to demolish and rebuild the station, finally addressing the station’s many structural issues.

The $72 million project, part of the MBTA’s Lynn Commuter Rail Station Improvementsinitiative, will “improve safety, accessibility, and the customer experience.” Upgrades to the station include the following:

 

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Lynn Commuter Rail Station Closes For Reconstruction Project

The MBTA on Saturday shut down the Lynn Commuter Rail station for an undetermined period of time in order to demolish and rebuild the station, finally addressing the station’s many structural issues.

The $72 million project, part of the MBTA’s Lynn Commuter Rail Station Improvementsinitiative, will “improve safety, accessibility, and the customer experience.” Upgrades to the station include the following:

Doesn't this just scream quality project management: "undetermined period of time"
 

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Any initial reports about the operation of the North Station fare gates this weekend ? Especially on more likely to be unaware weekend travelers vs the weekday rush hour (i.e. daily/regular commute) crowd?
I scanned the Downeaster ticket on my phone when leaving and entering the waiting area last Friday. Definitely not designed for lefties but no issues otherwise.

I wonder how this will work when I purchase a ticket for another person and myself. Amtrak only issues one QR code. Will we both be able to scan that same code to enter and leave?
 

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I scanned the Downeaster ticket on my phone when leaving and entering the waiting area last Friday. Definitely not designed for lefties but no issues otherwise.

I wonder how this will work when I purchase a ticket for another person and myself. Amtrak only issues one QR code. Will we both be able to scan that same code to enter and leave?
I think the faregates only confirm the validity of the date but does not cancel the ticket....
 

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It's a crime that this was even an unfinished item with construction at >50%. Like...how was district membership not settled years ago?!? But at least the vote margins were overwhelming. There was a lot of loud astroturfing going on in both cities for the "No" side about how CR would make housing unaffordable (spoiler: it's already well trending that way), but it thankfully didn't seem to affect the vote.
 

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It's a crime that this was even an unfinished item with construction at >50%. Like...how was district membership not settled years ago?!? But at least the vote margins were overwhelming. There was a lot of loud astroturfing going on in both cities for the "No" side about how CR would make housing unaffordable (spoiler: it's already well trending that way), but it thankfully didn't seem to affect the vote.
District membership only makes sense when service is ready to run, trying to get people to pay a service fee when no service is running will never go over well, see Bourne https://www.boston.com/news/local-n...is-paying-for-rail-service-that-doesnt-exist/

It truly doesn't matter, there was never a chance of no winning. A town has never voted no, they're basically procedural votes. And if it somehow did, they could just bring it to another election, or have the state legislature modify the MBTA Communities bill. It's really not as big of a deal as you're trying to make it. The law states that communities need to hold a referendum before the 1st of the year they wish to start service and that's exactly what they did.
 
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District membership only makes sense when service is ready to run, trying to get people to pay a service fee when no service is running will never go over well, see Bourne https://www.boston.com/news/local-n...is-paying-for-rail-service-that-doesnt-exist/
Then do it when it's first funded for project starts, which was over 3-1/2 years ago. And make the execution of the offered funding starts contingent on a vote. This should've been on the ballot absolutely no later than the 2019 municipal elections. And preferably earlier. Nobody in their right mind should be risking a "No" vote torpedoing the thing when the construction is majority-complete. Inexcusable delay on settling up that bit of bureaucracy.
 
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