Author Archives: Garrett Wollman

Question 1 passed, so now what?

Given the ongoing issues with Twitter, as detailed in my previous post, I’m trying to move more of my mid-length writing back onto the blog so I’m not generating as much free content for the South African emerald-mine heir. This … Continue reading

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The Twitter That Was

Attention conservation notice: 6,000 words about the decline of a social-media platform, none of which are particularly original or well-informed. Since Elon Musk took control of Twitter at the end of October, like many people I’ve had to ponder a … Continue reading

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More comments on the MBTA’s capital plan

Since my last post, the state legislature has gotten down to work in earnest on the FY23 budget, but unfortunately I have not had time to do a dive into the Senate version of the budget before the logrolling started … Continue reading

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Comments on the MBTA’s FY23-27 Capital Investment Plan

At its last board meeting in March, the MBTA released its first five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) since the COVID-19 pandemic sent the agency scrambling. This marks a significant change from prior CIP cycles, in which the MBTA’s and MassDOT’s … Continue reading

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A big PostgreSQL upgrade

I don’t write here very often about stuff I do at work, but I just finished a project that was a hassle all out of scale with the actual utility, and I wanted to document it for posterity, in the … Continue reading

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The Turnpike Extension is too wide

For two decades, my homeward commute (when I’m driving, and these days when I’m also not working from home) has been the same: head south on Mass. Ave. to Newbury St., take the on-ramp formerly known as “exit 21”, and … Continue reading

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A busy week for transportation legislation

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and in Massachusetts that means two things: the state legislature is debating the budget and the state’s draft Capital Investment Plan has been published for comment. In Washington, the Biden Administration has published its official budget … Continue reading

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Weekend excursion: Stations of the B&M New Hampshire Main Line/MBTA Lowell Line

As I’ve neared the end of this series of posts, I’ve gotten a bit better at procrastinating, so most of the photos this post is based on (see the associated photo gallery) were taken a month ago now, and I’m … Continue reading

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Automatic generation and validation of train schedules

Passenger railroads throughout the world have mechanisms to generate timetables for both service and capital planning purposes. The way I’ve done this in the past is with the Mk. 1 eyeball: you come up with a schedule, maybe draw some stringline … Continue reading

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It’s budget time again (already?)

Last week, the House Committee on Ways and Means reported out its version of the state budget for fiscal year 2022, H.4000, and the Mass. House of Representatives gave it second reading. It’s supposed to be taken up again a … Continue reading

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