Big Dig Rant
Should not every Boston-area citizen be enraged by this? This corrupt 14 billion dollar project was botched, mismanaged, and f'd up from the start. For over ten years downtown Boston has looked like Beirut after a bombing and we have tolerated it. We have tolerated the treacherous, arbitrarily marked* detours to major highways, we have tolerated pot holes the size of Detroit, we have tolerated illegible signage leading nowhere, we have tolerated leaking and now collapsing tunnels. We have tolerated a Boston that is more like a third-world country for drivers than are many developing nations' capitals.
Gov. Mitt Romney is promising some serious consequences -- like Transportation Authority Chief Matt Amorello's head -- but it's too little too late. This is and has been a fiasco -- now with truly tragic consequences -- and although it may have the benefit of getting more of us to take public transportation (I certainly don't drive in the city if I don't have to), it is not acceptable for drivers in this major American city to have to worry about 12-tons of tunnel smashing down on them while they drive to the airport.
A few months ago I was driving through that very tunnel, going homeward. Out of nowhere, apropos of nothing, the exit to 93 South was closed and I was forced to drive to the airport (hey, it was either the airport or get off at the next exit in like NEW HAMPSHIRE), circle around, pay a toll in order to exit, and find my way through the city -- following tiny, mostly confusing and misleading signs all the way -- to an open ramp to 93 South.
You must understand that 93 South is not a little side road, or simply the most convenient route home for me. It is the ONLY southbound route from the Turnpike. That the authorities CLOSED IT OFF without posting signs miles in advance is simply unbelievable. But this is business as usual in Boston: motorists are forced into treacherous, last minute changes without forewarning or notice. The same goes for public transportation: routes are closed, buses replace subway trains with no warning, entire lines shut down for no reason, and so on.
I have lived or driven extensively in NYC, Washington, DC, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and San Francisco. Boston is by far the worst, most dangerous and filthy, inhospitable, treacherous driving environment of all. Boston drivers, to add insult to injury, are the most hostile, lawless, obnoxious motorists I have ever encountered.
We can only hope that Ms. Delvalle's death will finally motivate the powers-that-be to fix this mess, and fast. I wish her and her family God's peace.
(* shout-out to CK!)