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  •  The Big Dig (7+ / 0-)

    The Klown Kult American right always cites this project of endemic of government waste.

    It did suffer huge cost overruns, true--but also reduced pollution in the area by 62%. Traffic through central Boston actually moves!

    And no private sector anything could have created that project--what, like make it a toll road at 5 bucks a head to go through the central city?

    You can bet your ass the same idiots railing away in the Herald's comments section years ago are damned glad to have this now.

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    by Johnny Wendell on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:55:06 PM PST

    •  The big dig made a difference (1+ / 0-)
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      Albanius

      But so did the economic crash. I noticed a drop in traffic when the big dig finally opened, but a much bigger one as of 2008.

      It does get pretty tied up, at times, but at least it's no longer a stop & go nightmare all the way to Salem, NH.  

      What I'd really love to see is a commuter rail ring line that would make it possible to get from, say, the North Shore to, say Waltham without having to go all the way into Boston, switch lines (possibly twice) then back out 2/3 of the distance, for a 5 hour one-way commute. Rte 128 is an unbelievable wreck, at least in part due to the fact that there is NO alternative to driving. If you could run a ring from Reading, through MD Andersen in Woburn, out to the T somewhere near Rte 16 in Newton, with shuttle service to the industrial parks, the number of commuter miles on 128 would plummet. Even better if you connected all the way to Rte 9....

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