Category Archives: Transportation

More modeling for the Framingham/Worcester Line

In our last installment, I talked about how I wasted an entire weekend developing a not-very-good model of a way to make the commuter-rail line that serves my city suck less. Well, it’s been another nasty rainy weekend here in … Continue reading

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In which I waste an entire weekend modeling one line of Regional Rail in AM peak

A draft of the MBTA’s “Focus 40” long-term plan was release on July 30, and I spent a little while reading it (it’s rather thin) and sending comments (both officially and on Twitter). If you’ve been reading this blog lately, … Continue reading

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My comments on passenger rail infrastructure to MassDOT

The comment period for the State Rail Plan ends on Friday, the advocacy group TransitMatters just released their report on Regional Rail, and MassDOT is currently in the process of two separate planning exercises related to the MBTA and the … Continue reading

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More musings on commuter rail

Earlier this week, I tweeted this: There are two, largely independent backstories to this tweet. The first is that I’m going back to Helsinki next week to attend the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, and when I was in Helsinki … Continue reading

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A day trip to Turku

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This is nearly the final post about my March–April, 2017, trip to Finland. I should have some Reykjavik pictures to post, if I can find the time and energy to edit them all (and remember what they were), but this … Continue reading

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Every American transportation planner should spend a week in Helsinki (part 3 of 3)

As I mentioned in part 1, Helsinki has trams, or as we’d say in American English, streetcars. (I try to avoid the “t” word — “trolley” — since to so many people that now means a diesel bus with goofy … Continue reading

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Every American transportation planner should spend a week in Helsinki (part 2 of 3)

In this post, I’m going to cover the commuter-rail network serving Helsinki, and also (for lack of a better place to discuss it) show a few bits of mainline railway as well — since they share facilities and are operated … Continue reading

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Every American transportation planner should spend a week in Helsinki (part 1 of 3)

That’s what I said on Twitter when I was there, and a few times after I returned. “Every” is perhaps a bit of an overstatement, but certainly anyone involved in transportation planning in a US metropolitan area of a similar … Continue reading

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Taking stock: a summer of bike commuting

In 2015, I had one fitness goal (beyond just continuing to lose weight): to ride from home to my office, eat lunch there, and ride back home. It quickly turned out that I wasn’t exactly aiming very high — it’s … Continue reading

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Apple Country Century

If you live in the Greater Boston area, perhaps you’ve noticed the odd symbols — sometimes half a dozen of them — spray-painted on the shoulder at some intersections. They often look like letters, circles, or chevrons, and often have … Continue reading

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