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Old March 1st, 2016, 05:45 PM   #541
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is doing serious damage to the city.
Is that true? Boston recently snagged the headquarters of GE, and Massachusetts is considered a leading tech and innovation state. The region seems to be prospering in spite of having a third-world mass transit system.
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Old March 1st, 2016, 09:49 PM   #542
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The city/region itself seem to be doing okay for now although if things don't change and some much needed capacity increasing expansions as well as coverage expansions and repair work does not occur in several years the city may find itself having major issues with traffic and congestion/failures of the transit system because of the increase in population and workers moving around the city/region.
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Old March 1st, 2016, 10:04 PM   #543
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Is that true? Boston recently snagged the headquarters of GE, and Massachusetts is considered a leading tech and innovation state. The region seems to be prospering in spite of having a third-world mass transit system.
Absolutely. As a former MBTA user for 6+ years, the amount of time I have lost due to breakdowns, delays and mismanagement is at least a month altogether. The Boston metro is a hostage to the MBTA since they are a monopoly and there is no other viable alternative. Therefore they can do whatever they want and are always greedy. Government racketeering at its best.
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Old March 2nd, 2016, 02:21 AM   #544
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Well that's fantastic, so does anyone have any ideas o how to fix it or we just going to kvetch?
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Old March 2nd, 2016, 03:26 PM   #546
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Well that's fantastic, so does anyone have any ideas o how to fix it or we just going to kvetch?
Really, just kvetch. If I were king, I'd just tax the rest of the state's and region's economy, as being a life-long southern New Hampshire resident, I know that by and large, Boston's economy is New England's economy. However, in absence of dictatorial power...I'm at a loss.
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Well would an tri-state agency with tri-state taxing power really help?
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Well would an tri-state agency with tri-state taxing power really help?
No, but a Metro Council (e.g. Minneapolis) could help matters.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 02:04 AM   #549
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Well would an tri-state agency with tri-state taxing power really help?
I doubt it. Far too many people "Up North" (i.e., Northern NH, and also most of Maine and Vermont) are quite sure that Boston has nothing to do with them, and that's probably arguable to a point, at least for Burlington, so there's no way that people would get behind that kind of system.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 07:43 AM   #550
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Well I meant RI and NH because they seem fairly dependent on Boston
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Absolutely, but even then, at least in my personal experience, people are too parochial to support that kind of thing. As far as I'm concerned, Portland (ME) is part of the Greater Boston metropolitan area, as it's within a 2-hour drive, meaning that commuting is feasible, and therefore that the economic activity between the two cities is likely equally attributable to each. Living where I do, my perspective is obviously slightly skewed, but Boston is New England. We ought to be behaving in accordance with that fact.
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2 hours is a bit too far to really include in the Boston area. For example that would mean my hometown of White River Junction, VT would be in the commuting area of greater Boston and it definitely is not. That is not to say there are not strong ties for example there are multiple bus routes that travel to Boston that average a departure every hour to hour and a half but almost no one commutes down to even the Manchester NH area for work for example. I mention this example because I am more familiar but the distance to Maine and commuting patterns to Boston seem to be similar in that most people do day trips or work trips, but don't usually work within metro Boston.
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Old March 8th, 2016, 10:57 PM   #553
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My humble contribution to the Boston metro map saga



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Beautiful map
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thanks

I tried several different approaches to geography/landscape and finally decided to simplify it to the utmost with only a schematized Charles River and bay.
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It looks beautiful the only problem and this is very small to some extent is that some potential future extensions would require a total redesign of the map you created. For example the Blue Line extension to Lynn would require a total change to how the Newburyport/Rockport Line are shown. Same goes for the Lowell Line and the GLX.

That said however I love the overall aesthetic of the map!
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Science fiction. This is the MBTA we're talking about here.
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A good design will account for any changes it possibly can while remaining clear even if those changes don't appear likely. It is just part of what I have been taught regarding design for transit mapping.
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Photos of construction at Government Center station taken by a trespasser and reddit user.

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Kind of surprised they didn't take this opportunity to install platform screen doors. This station probably won't see any more work done for many decades, so it seems like installing them would've been pretty obvious. Any particular reason that we know of why they weren't?
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