Massachusetts Turnpike

By - 2/20/08 - 5:30 pm

It's purely selfish, I'll readily admit: I now get through the Weston tolls a lot faster.

See, so many people now have transponders that they queue up something fierce at evening rush trying to get onto 128, because they can't use the lanes still staffed by actual people - of which there are typically at least four. Me? I'm a lazy cuss and I don't have a transponder. So all I have to do is weave in and out of the stalled transponder losers and get myself to one of the manned booths and I'm outta there.

Actually, even getting on the turnpike at Framingham is usually quicker for me than for the FastLane slowpokes for the same reason.

So what if this costs the authority money it doesn't have? It works for me. Thanks, Teamsters!

By - 2/1/08 - 10:31 am

Dental convention backs up traffic on Pike. State Trooper quoted as saying the problem was that all 28,000 attendees at the annual Yankee Dental Congress at the convention center seemed be on a molar express for the opening session, which really bit for people just doing their morning drill, trying to get somewhere else on the turnpike and I-93 this morning.

By - 1/9/08 - 11:11 am

On a road trip to Syracuse, Maureeen Rogers noticed a colossal flat bed hauling lobster traps west on the turnpike:

... Whatever else global warming has brought us, it has not yet brought us MidWest lobsters. Yes, the shorelines eroding, but it hasn't gotten that far yet. So, since lobster trappers in New England seem to have gone over to the new fangled plastic wired cages, I'm guessing this truck load was heading to someplace that was going to turn them into coffee tables. ...

By - 1/2/08 - 9:02 am

It signed long-term air-rights leases without any requirements that structures over the turnpike be maintained. Then again, it could give us fun new songs for the kiddies:

Pru tunnel is falling down
Falling down
Falling down
My fair lady. ...

Just something to think about as you pay your higher tolls today on the Boston Extension and drive under this.

By - 10/5/07 - 7:07 pm

A small trash fire at Park Street that a single MBTA employee put out by himself managed to screw up the evening commute for thousands of people: The Red Line was shut between Harvard and JFK and Green Line trains didn't stop at Park Street.

Rob Sama is fuming:

By - 10/2/07 - 8:27 pm

If today's news about Deval Patrick's proposal to create a MegaTransportation Authority sounds familiar, it's because Mitt Romney came up with the same idea.

By - 9/27/07 - 9:48 pm

Why your afternoon commute sucked on the turnpike or the Framingham line.

By - 9/20/07 - 8:04 am

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. ...

By - 9/19/07 - 9:59 am

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! ...

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.