Thursday, October 08, 2009

The DJ on WERS just said:

"Silver Line airport service is experiencing 10-15 minute delays due to traffic."

So, we have a transit line from downtown to the airport that takes 30+ to go two miles. Add another 10+ minutes if you're going to Terminal C or E, because the bus takes that long to board clueless tourists at the first two terminals, and you could have a 40-minute trip to the airport from downtown.

Massport executives, who must surely commute to work using the Silver Line, continue to assure us that "it takes 10 minutes to go from South Station on the Silver Line to any terminal at Logan."

Not only is that a physical impossibility, but it's hopelessly out of touch. I use the Silver Line whenever I can, and I can testify that its most ironic attribute is that it works at any time except rush hour.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009


It's a test run, and it's a little slow, but it's working. This may be the death knell for the LimoLiner. And it's one more reason for me not to get a toolish Blackberry or iPhone (yes, the iPhone is toolish, and I am a contrarian. With ubiquitous wireless access available, why do I need the internet in my pocket?).

Congratulations to Amtrak for making the Northeast Corridor an even better choice for travelers between Washington and Boston. Now, if only other lines in the system could make money, maybe they'd get free wifi, too.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Videos of Phoenix Trolleys Obliterating Motor Vehicles (Some Large) posts a running gallery of train-vehicle collision videos captured on the trains' own cameras. Every collision either involves a vehicle running a red light or attempting an illegal u-turn in front of train.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

I am completely fascinated by Salt Lake City.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Whenever any American newspaper publishes an online article about commuter or intercity trains,

half the comments are from people who decry the use of taxpayer money to subsidize transit.

Be it known henceforth that all roads are also subsidized--er, completely paid for--by taxpayer money.

Posting from Salt Lake City.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Massachusetts Super Transit Authority?

Check this out: State Senate would create transportation superagency.

Via UniversalHub. You'll want to read the comments. Only recently have I realized why the Globe previously did not allow comments, well after its parent NY Times did: townies! The battle on this article is not so bad, but I've seen others go horribly wrong.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

I still don't understand...

why Greyhound and its partial subsidiary, Bolt Bus, insist on crossing the Harlem River at 135th Street and then driving local streets through all of Manhattan to 34th or 42nd. The Chinatown buses use any combination of two East River crossings to shave off a lot of time.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The only argument people understand.

Here's a token CNN article, with token quotes, pointing out how gas prices have caused the biggest annual drop ever in miles driven and a tremendous increase in public transit usage. You're learning, people!

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