Massachusetts Turnpike

By - 9/11/07 - 10:01 am

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:

By - 8/16/07 - 8:38 pm

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.

By - 8/14/07 - 9:37 pm

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. ...

By - 8/12/07 - 8:52 pm

Tour bus carrying him out of Boston after a Friday debate stops short to avoid a drunk driver on the turnpike near Exit 17.

Post-accident photos.

Via Loaded Gun.

By - 7/31/07 - 9:04 am

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. ...

By - 7/20/07 - 9:50 pm

Two car accidents (one fatal) 25 miles apart were enough to create highway gridlock throughout the Boston area this afternoon.

By - 7/9/07 - 5:35 pm

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.

By - 3/29/07 - 10:14 pm

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.

By - 2/14/07 - 4:12 pm

No one injured in Allston crash.

Exclusive photos?

By - 11/15/06 - 9:44 am

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.

By - 11/1/06 - 10:40 am

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:

By - 9/13/06 - 3:16 pm

Earlier this year I went through a Fast Lane toll gate to fast for the Fast Lane to pick up my id, but not so fast that they did not take a picture of my car and license plate.

When I received the letter telling me I had been charged 20 dollars for not being picked up on fast lane, my first reaction was to call fast lane, and get all 'Masshole' on them. The person I was talking to suggested it would be easier for me to send in a fax, than to discuss it with him.

What a genius! True genius. Because I sent in a fax, explaining how I did NOT know my car had not been read, and that I would like to pay for the missed toll.

By - 7/12/06 - 9:23 pm

The Hispanic Community Church of Boston and Citizens Bank have set up a fund for the family of the woman who died in that Big Dig ceiling collapse. Donations can be made at any Citizens branch to the Memorial Account for Yetty M Del Valle.

Via Joe Dwinell.

By - 6/28/06 - 9:36 am

After reading about the latest political fighting over at the authority, John Daley wonders.

By - 9/21/05 - 7:30 pm

Irilyth says it took 45 minutes to get from Watertown Square to the Masspike entrance in Newton Corner this morning because of a protest by Newton firefighters: