Why your afternoon commute sucked on the turnpike or the Framingham line.
Because they'd smash into each other as they race to get onto Storrow from the Allston/Cambridge turnpike exit.
Will is distracted by that giant LED thing that got turned on this week at the new 'GBH building by the turnpike:
What is WGBH thinking?? A massive screen hanging over the highway?? ... I drove by this a week ago as they were testing it and it was distracting enough. ...
With little else to do during a monumental turnpike backup last week, Liz composed a prayer that begins:
Oh merciful heavens, hear my cry! Your child mourns in the dark valley of the Turnpike, and wails upon the stones of 128, and gnashes her teeth and heaps ashes upon her head when she hath the folly to attempt Route 9 as an alternate route. Oh, maketh my lane to clear, oh Lord! ...
The Herald reports Deval Patrick is looking at leasing key roads to private companies, who would then be able to make money by squeezing commuters like a turnip.
Here's the thing: Although the authorities that now run our toll roads (the turnpike authority and Massport) are isolated to some extent from the public they allegedly serve (hence the "quasi" in "quasi-public"), the are, ultimately, still responsible to our elected officials (just ask Christy Mihos). Private companies? All bets are off:
3Mote watches a Masshole in a Geo Storm shred two tires on the turnpike near Mass. Ave. when trying to cut off some guy who'd annoyed him.
Sean Roche is getting annoyed that Turnpike tolls will be going up again to help pay for the Big Dig:
... Higher, peak-priced tolls on the 'Pike would be welcome (with standard caveats about managing the impact on the complex transportation infrastructure).
But, it's insane that I-93 remains a free ride, especially given that technology exists to charge vehicles without erecting a single tollbooth. ...
Sister Lorraine ponders the question when confronted with a Masshole doing Massholish things on the turnpike:
... Things like that are really annoying and I was starting to feel angry about it. But then all of a sudden Jesus' words in the sermon on the mount came back to me, what he said about responding with a blessing when people curse you. It struck me that I had a choice about how to react. ...
Two car accidents (one fatal) 25 miles apart were enough to create highway gridlock throughout the Boston area this afternoon.
Daniel, the Globe's transportation reporter, has been appointed communications director at the turnpike authority. What that also means: Now, instead of asking the tough questions about Big Dig ceiling collapses or turnpike toll increases, he'll have to answer them.
So the Big Dig isn't the only part of our transportation infrastructure always on the verge of collapse. A state commission reports roads, highways, public transit, you name it, have fallen billions of dollars behind basic maintenance needs.
A roundup of reactions:
Casey Ross summarizes the lowlights.
Why are all the tollbooth attendants being so nice all of a sudden? Well, most of them, anyway.
Sco says yay on environmental issues and nay on the loss of toll-collector jobs:
... I appreciate that the very purpose of unions is to protect peoples' jobs, but I have to say that the reason that we have tolls is not to provide employment for toll takers. ...
Carpundit writes that if the tolls stay west of 128, it will be the first tax hike of the Patrick administration.
Michael reports on the bad jam-up on the westbound turnpike this morning caused by rubberneckers slowing down to gape at the three Staties who had cornered some guy (with guns drawn and pointed at the guy's head) on the other side of the highway: