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Commuters are collateral damage in new Walsh budget

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by mikeyp, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. blindfire

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    I think they are just waiting for the building to collapse and then they'll charge you to park on top of the rubble. :)
     
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    had to get to a conference at the convention center last week. One morning it literally took 2 hours to go from andover to the convention center. as you get into boston and off the highway, there is grid lock pretty much every where you turn
     
  3. Roof gunner

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    F Marty ! He likes his pussy on a stick !
     
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  4. Mr.E

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    Par for the course.
    And in other news, I just want to congratulate the MBTA for back to train derailments. Both the green line and the redline have had derailed trains (red line this morning ) in the span of what 2 or 3 days....what a joke of an operation
     
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    I disagree, I know lots of high income people who just say F*** it im not going into boston.

    I only go for sporting events or conferences. If im going to dinner I dont need the hassle of the city
     
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    But you have to admit, it is much easier to maintain a subway station when the penalty for graffiti is being shot on sight, and littering is punishable by 5 years of hard labor in a gulag.
     
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    I've never understood it either. Living in the suburbs there have been a number of jobs over the years that I've passed on mostly because the commute time would more often than not just be too long.

    Driving into Boston for work has always been a definite "I'll take a pass" proposition.

    Now I drive from Chelmsford to Hopkinton - which is bad enough (my last commute was 18 minutes door to door - repeatable every single day for 14 years except for maybe 5 times I can think of)

    Chelmsford to Hopkinton is 35 miles. Which to my way of thinking should be do-able in about 30 minutes based on a pure distance vs speed calculation.

    The reality is that on a good day - I can make it in about 35 minutes. On a bad day - which today was, it can sometimes take me an hour and a half to get home. The worst part about the sucky commute time days is that there's usually no damn reason for it. Near as I could figure today was sucky because I could see blue lights flashing about a mile up ahead and they seemed to be escorting a wide load down the highway so the whole damn highway was backed up behind them - during f***ing rush hour.

    The Boston commute is even worse though. I've never seen a single time when I've driven out of Boston at 6AM on a weekday morning - when the traffic wasn't backed up on 93 heading in. Sometimes it was all the way back to the NH border.
     
  10. Roof gunner

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    Dude , 6 o clock is not early on the express way anymore. Neither is 5 a m. Been driving to Boston my whole career , every day ! God willing and a fair wind , only 5 more years or so !
     
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  11. Me Have ADD

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    People should try to live where they work. I know it's not possible for everyone though. I'm sure there are people who live on the south shore and work on the north shore. People who drive from Worcester to Boston. You get the idea. It's not going to get better either. I thought the libs were concerned about over-population at one time.
     
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    I’ve been at BIDMC for 17 years now and have commuted there from Worcester ever since. I’ve always worked 40 hrs and I’ve always had condensed shifts; 12hr, 16hr, nights, evening, etc. This is just the benefit I enjoy there as a shift worker and getting in early/leaving late takes my blood pressure down quite a bit.

    Currently I work a 14/16/10 and it’s the only way I still work there. I feel for the people that deal with the daily gridlock. It’s just not worth it unless you live right in the city.
     
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    That's pretty much my point.

    Getting up at 3am so you can be on the highway by 4 and into Boston by 5 so you can avoid the traffic is just f***ing stoopid.
     
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    Maarty will fix it by making you pay! [​IMG]

    Then, he will do this [​IMG]
     
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    Boston=cesspool of corruption
     
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    In fairness, I get up at 4, leave by 5, and am at work in Needham by 5:30AM. I also leave work anywhere between 1:30PM and 3:30PM depending on how busy I am. For me, it breaks the day up and gives me more daylight to do things that require daylight.

    For some people this works, for others, not so much. I break it up by working from home 2 or 3 days per week. The arrangement works for me.
     
  17. Dennis in MA

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    Had a friend of my daughter's over for dinner last night. He drives buses for a living. He got pulled off his route to do the Quincy(Ithink)-Broadway run on Tuesday. He said it was a total s-show. And the safety concerns went right out the window. "There were people in the staircases of every bus. Because you pull up and there is 600 people trying to get on 2 buses."

    The trip took over an hour each way. A bus arrived every minute or so in each location. And the commuters that raced from the platform to their cars created such a massive jam at the inbound station that it totally just messed with the ability to get any buses there in the first place. LOL

    But good news - we're going to have a Millionaire's tax so that we can grossly overpay a bunch fo people to act like they are planning things and fixing things but are really going on a "best donut in Massachusetts" road trip. All of this commuter nightmare will end. . . . . . . . . . . . . never.
     
  18. Pete85

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    It's not in their interest to fix it. They collect taxes on each gallon of gasoline you consume. By sitting in that traffic, you're burning more and more gas, resulting in more tax revenue for them. Why on earth would they even attempt to fix the problem?
     
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    There seem to be two sets of commuters that sort of blur together and result in nearly all day traffic. You have what I'll call the blue collar commuters in their pickups or company vans who are up stupid early and on the road home by 2 or 3pm, and you have the 9ish to 5ish crowd. The blue collar commute is almost as bad as the 9-5 commute at this point.
     
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    I do live where I work - I work from my house. :)

    I drove into the office last week, first time I've been in since October. It SUCKED. Traffic was brutal, and it was an hour plus in the truck that I wasn't doing anything.

    I've had this job for about eight years now, and I quit going into the office about six years ago. I just decided one day that I was going to phase it out. So, I started by telling my boss that I was sick of the commute, that it was a waste of my time, and he was better off with me working at home. We agreed that I'd come into the office one day a week. That lasted until winter. At which point I just didn't bother coming in. When it got warm again, I started coming in once a month or so.

    Then I moved to Georgia. Now I come into the office maybe two or three times a year.

    Not everyone can do this - I'm lucky. My job is such that I can do it remotely, and my management pretty much leaves me alone. The two other guys in my local office do pretty much the same thing, although they come into the office a little more frequently. I think they want to get out of their houses, away from their wives and kids...
     
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    Yup, can confirm. Traffic on the Pike isn't bad at 5 AM, but there are a lot of vehicles out. The difference is they're all moving at a steady 65-85mph. Traffic becomes shitty coming home around 2PM and I'm lucky if I average 45mph. Seems like lately it's been even worse

    Semi truck traffic being as heavy as it is makes things even worse.
     
  23. Dennis in MA

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    It has very little to do with gasoline taxes. But you are right, they have no incentive to fix anything. Their desire is to pad their own pockets while telling everyone how hard they are working. Sadly, the stupid voters of MA are willing to let them do it.

    In 30 years, Boston will be an also-ran city in the vein of Pittsburg or Buffalo. And lawmakers will be shrugging their shoulders of "how did this happen?" Please!
     
  24. Broccoli Iglesias

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    Working from home is great. Until few weeks ago I was WFH 2 days/week. I moved to a new team with a boss in NC, and now I am a remote worker.

    I now spend the 45min commute working out + a few additional minutes = 1.5hrs at the gym every morning.

    At lunch I get to go out and get whatever I need. If I'm working on a home project I go to HD and buy whatever I need.

    At 5pm, I close my laptop and disconnect. I sometimes go back to the gym and do some cardio for 30-45min (commute home time), or go to the driving range or start reloading. Depends on what I feel like doing.

    Life is so much better, relaxed, I'm in better shape...

    I even start cleaning the house if I have nothing to do.

    It is amazing how much time and energy is wasted on a commute.

    Once in a while I show up to the office because they are a bunch of liberals here and I love watching their heads explode when someone mentions Trump. I usually go on the day I have a weekly meeting with one of my southern customers that is a huge Trump supporter, so we start the meeting with 5min of politics and random stuff.
     
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    I've been a stealth employee for the last two years. I stay at home, don't do any work, and get paid!
     
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    The crashed train also wiped out the control center. So the trains had to be dispatched and monitored manually.

    Morning traffic over the Quincy bridge is usually bad, but on the day of the crash it took me 85 minutes to go 3.5 miles.
     
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    marty walsh makes the departed tom menino sound like a rhodes scholar.

    gave notice to my last customer in downtown boston december 2017 and never looked back.

    on a good day i can double what i made from them in half the hours
     
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    Has anybody explained HOW the train derailed?

    Looking at the news reports - it looks like it derailed on a straight section of track - which was almost right inside whatever station it was that the train was coming into. To me that means : train was going slow.

    I haven't seen much detailed video, but to my untrained eye the whole thing looks like a how the phuck did you manage to do that? Type of incident.

    Did the damn wheel just fall off the car? Because it looked like it was one of the middle cars that derailed....... again, I'm no expert - but if the wheels are falling off your train cars I'm pretty sure that points to complete and total negligence on the part of the MBTA.
     
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    EDFCEE5D-2E67-4A41-8BB6-C6E37E23F850.jpeg 36D9C41F-0C68-4BA4-BA07-696D6BFD6499.jpeg 2F13DE3B-310B-47E1-AECA-C0AF275CD27A.jpeg Haven’t seen an explanation.

    JFK is where the Red Line branches. One branch stays near the coast, going to Quincy and down to Braintree. The other branch goes through Savin Hill, Cedar Grove and ends in Mattapan.

    From the pictures it seems like the train derailed on the Ashmont line, maybe at the switch but both were affected.
     
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    Ouch.

    Looks like the car took out the entire switching setup.

    That's going to take a while to fix.
     

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