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  1. I find it hard to believe people are still talking about the Busway actually happening, instead of rail to a larger region. The busway is remarkably short sighted. It's too much money for serving too little people. People aren't going to abandon cars for buses the same way they would trains. And if you think in a world beyond peak oil, which we've already hit: how do you plan on running these buses? Gas? Will become too expensive in the future. Natural gas? That will likely be the way of oil and become harder to obtain and more expensive to use. We don't have any mass produced alternatives in planning. The rail would be better. Hopefully the longer this Busway thing drags, we can finally get an official switch to what should be done.
  2. Oklahoma already loses, and Oregon looks bad against Boise. Bunch of BCS busters already? Between Boise, BYU - and then potentially Utah and TCU. Good stuff ahead.
  3. Considering that this is Connecticut, I'm surprised it's 2014 and not several years later.
  4. It'd still be faster to drive, and I also don't trust Mass. to get its act together. I definitely do think that at least, eastern Conn. should get a rail link, the 395 corridor to the rest of the inland of the state. Bring it out to Putnam, maybe extend into RI for Providence if they want in. And then have one run down Route 2 way to Norwich, then south to NL/Groton
  5. Saw in today's Courant, the first tenant for this project will be a Storrs branch of the Vanilla Bean Cafe, which is a very well known establishment at its location in Pomfret. I never been, or to the sister place 85 Main in Putnam, but I hear good things.
  6. As being in eastern Conn., I'd love to see an improved east-west connection via rail. It's about time. Not many good ways to get from one side the state to the other. I still can't believe this NB-Hart busway is still being a busway, and not a rail line as a part of a statewide network. Connect Waterbury, Bristol, NB, and Hartford all on one branch. Hell, why not go all the way to Danbury and beyond? The future is in the rails, not I-84.
  7. Time to vote him out, he's too content and entrenched in his office. Need someone who will at least try and deliver things for us.
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    Like moving to Houston is really going to help matters? I'm not familiar with the Aeros, how well do they do for attendance and can they be something better than a minor league team? And let's face it, can many cities in the south be any strong hotbed for hockey, esp. if they aren't winning or contending for playoff places?
  9. New York is a massive economic power, which Boston can not rival. How many people would be willing to commute two hours to New York vs. two hours to Boston? Even here in Thompson, there aren't that many people who commute to Boston. Too far outside 495. How many people 65 miles from Manhattan go there every morning? The other thing is, the best rail connection between Hartford and Boston would probably end up going through Springfield. Massachusetts can't even get Worcester to Boston straight or in a timely manner. So unless Mass. and Conn. decided to build an entirely new route going from Hartford to at least Framingham...
  10. Haven't heard much about it lately. To be honest have not been paying attention. But well, wouldn't be surprised if there was no news at all. Preston by now should be known for it's lack of desire to do anything.
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    The T

    News: the state is threatening major change of service to close a 8 billion dollar budget issue. Among ideas being thrown around, a T fare hike of 25 percent and a 30 percent reduction in bus and subway service, along with some bus routes being eliminated altogether. I've also heard that six cents of the proposed 19 cent gas tax hike would be dedicated to the MBTA. Or perhaps both, considering this is Massachusetts after all.
  12. Considering that it's already been around a decade now, what's the odds that this current proposal never sees fruition as well?
  13. Why is the busway still being seriously considered? This is ridiculous.
  14. They must be content in doing absolutely nothing with the site, or anything in town. They had a golden opportunity, and it would only affect a small sliver of town... and couldn't jump - twice.
  15. Remember when Ball State was undefeated and ranked like 13th? What a wonderful choke job at the end there. I see Utah being ranked 3rd, give or take a spot, when the final rankings come out. It would be interesting to see what they could have done in the national title game against Oklahoma, Florida, or even Texas. But hey, this is why we need the playoff. 16 team system, just like the one they had on Yahoo.
  16. Willimantic? More like Putnam, if not Providence. We need to get the entire state involved in this. I just hope our legislators get things together, get some of that stimulus money to get a project like this done. Of course hell will freeze over and the Cubs will win the World Series first, but someday...
  17. Hopefully it's only a matter of time before the Busway gets scrapped in favor of rail service. All it will take is one more big jump to high gas prices, and more people will want the trains. Hartford to Waterbury and New Haven to Springfield is just the tip of the iceberg for a statewide rail system, and we'd be a national leader in mass transit options.
  18. I missed the second half of the Sun Bowl, looks like I didn't miss much of anything.
  19. And only if that was another rail line instead of a bus. Just forget the busway, have that a rail line branch off towards New Britain and perhaps Bristol.
  20. I could see a London, Puerto Rico, or Brazil flight. Maybe a once a week Bermuda, maybe.
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    2008 MVPs: NL - Albert Pujols AL - Dustin Pedroia
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    NFL Talk

    And there's the first tie in the NFL in six years. The Bengals managed to keep even with the Eagles... or the Eagles just played like garbage. Brian Westbrook did my fantasy team no favors... ugh.
  23. I am aware of it being an impossibility in terms of public support. However, clearly we have seen Preston time and time again balk at the prospects of anything being put onto the site. So what happens when the state takes it over? The property just still sits there, perhaps site clearing and environmental cleanup. Wouldn't anything the state does in terms of site redevelopment have to be approved by Preston? Not quite sure how the process works here. I just know clearly Preston can't be trusted to do anything positive for the site. Unless someone decides to start up a farm that is...
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