Transportation

Millennium promises shorter Winthrop Sq. tower

Millennium promises shorter Winthrop Sq. tower

To address airport concerns, height will drop at least 73 feet

THE DEVELOPER MILLENNIUM PARTNERS agreed on Monday to cut the height of its proposed tower in Winthrop Square from 775 feet to at least 702 feet to ease concerns raised about the building’s impact on flight patterns out of Logan International Airport. The lower height, presumably, will also reduce the building’s shadow impact on Boston(...)

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Baker taking T privatization too far

Baker taking T privatization too far

Senator: Lawmakers never envisioned outsourcing bus maintenance

WE’RE ALL GUILTY OF IT. Something breaks in the house that needs to be replaced by a trained professional, but instead of making the proper investment we glue, tape, and tie pieces back together just to repeat the quick fix in the weeks to come. Then, when you need it the most, it completely breaks(...)

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A Boston tower and the law of unintended consequences

A Boston tower and the law of unintended consequences

Building above FAA height limit will affect traffic at Logan

I WAS REALLY BAD IN MATH and physics in college. My brain was wired to appreciate things like alliteration and metaphor, not equations or abstract laws of nature. But I remember one law that was referred to on occasion – how every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  That’s what I’m discussing today –(...)

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T cites $400m in Pacheco Law waiver savings

T cites $400m in Pacheco Law waiver savings

Estimate for 5 current outsourcing programs over next decade

THE MBTA EXPECTS TO SAVE more than $400 million in operating and avoided capital expenses over the next 10 years because of privatization initiatives engineered under a waiver from the so-called Pacheco Law, according to an agency report issued Friday. The report didn’t document precisely where the savings will come from, but it said “one(...)

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Bus stops and the future of digital placemaking

Bus stops and the future of digital placemaking

We have to remember public transit is public space

THE TYPICAL URBAN BUS STOP is a miserable thing: a piece of metal attached to a pole; a strip of colored paint on a curb; a beaten-up shelter. Such bad design is often compounded by locations only a vehicle could love: on lonely medians; next to terrifying off-ramps; along deserted and dimly lit blocks; and(...)

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City, Boston teachers kick the can

City officials and the Boston Teachers Union eagerly shared the news on Thursday that the two sides reached a tentative contract agreement after 18 months of negotiation. But it turns out it’s a lot easier to get to “yes” when you take one of the toughest issues off the table. The agreement, which still must(...)

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Pike-ageddon looms

Pike-ageddon looms

But there are ways to ease congestion, speed construction

MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION and Boston officials have done an admirable job minimizing impacts of rebuilding the Commonwealth Avenue bridge above I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike) in Allston at the BU Bridge. A project of this scale and at such a complex site was bound to have disruptions for the local and regional flow for all forms(...)

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Lack of public sector experience is troubling

Lack of public sector experience is troubling

MBTA's new GM has never worked in government before

THE APPOINTMENT OF LUIS RAMIREZ as the new general manager of the MBTA again raises the question of whether a successful private sector businessman or woman can make a successful transition to the public sector. One school of thought, usually offered by those with limited public sector experience, argues that proven business leaders can simply(...)

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Study prices out N-S Rail Link

Study prices out N-S Rail Link

Project ‘significantly more attractive’ than earlier understood

A RAIL LINK BETWEEN North and South Stations would cost between $3.8 billion and $5.9 billion to build, according to a data analysis conducted by a group of students and faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School. The cost estimate, which is stated in 2025 dollars, is significantly below the roughly $8 billion figure floated in(...)

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