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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #25 on: November 05, 2016, 01:44:36 PM »

I'm interested in going to this if it's a weekend  :-D
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #26 on: November 05, 2016, 02:10:37 PM »

I really want to go, but there's one problem: I can't drive. (I do have access to public transportation.) If the meet is on a weekday on May 8 or earlier, I can't go because of classes at UMass Lowell. April 29, May 6, and May 7 (all weekends) are also unavailable because of a choral concert that I have.

This would be my first roadmeet.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #27 on: November 05, 2016, 04:04:03 PM »

I just need this to be in September. I'm trying to convince my dad to do this while we have free time at MIT. If the meet is more than at least four hours, then I might have to leave abruptly (generally college tours are 2 or more hours. The longest one I think took at least 4 or 5). I'll be gone for at least a week, so I don't mind if this is a 2 day meet. Also, traffic should be lighter later in the year, because school should be in session by September.

Should note, this is the farthest I've gone to attend a meet. 441 miles from home, and this is only my 2nd meet.

Also, just thought of this: Circumferential Highway in Nashua. It's relatively close (about an hour).
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #28 on: November 05, 2016, 07:40:46 PM »

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Also, traffic should be lighter later in the year, because school should be in session by September.

Other way around...in most of the Northeast, traffic is higher come September precisely because of that reason...teachers and students are back at school.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #29 on: November 05, 2016, 11:43:48 PM »

Just had a thought: Boston and Portsmouth are relatively close together, so they could possibly fit together as a meet weekend, similar to Hampton Roads and Delmarva a couple years ago, if there's enough overlap in interested people.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #30 on: November 06, 2016, 02:40:18 PM »

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Also, traffic should be lighter later in the year, because school should be in session by September.

Other way around...in most of the Northeast, traffic is higher come September precisely because of that reason...teachers and students are back at school.

But on a Saturday, when the meet would be held?
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #31 on: November 06, 2016, 03:37:18 PM »

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Also, traffic should be lighter later in the year, because school should be in session by September.

Other way around...in most of the Northeast, traffic is higher come September precisely because of that reason...teachers and students are back at school.

But on a Saturday, when the meet would be held?

In Boston? Possibly. Population swells when colleges are in session.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #32 on: November 06, 2016, 04:11:23 PM »

Yeah, time is a problem with urban meets. I'm indifferent though and don't really care about time of day. 
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #33 on: November 06, 2016, 05:12:21 PM »

You just have to make sure not to pick a weekend with any huge festivals or other major events going on. You can check the city calendars to see what the city has planned.

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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #34 on: November 06, 2016, 05:19:58 PM »

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But on a Saturday, when the meet would be held?

Saturday last weekend had some notable issues on 93 and 128 (sic 95)...

I was also responding to the claim that traffic is lighter overall in September.  Along the East Coast, it often isn't specifically because schools are back in session.  That also spills over into the weekends between family errands (instead of vacation), Saturday classes at many colleges, and whatnot.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #35 on: November 06, 2016, 06:43:45 PM »

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But on a Saturday, when the meet would be held?

Saturday last weekend had some notable issues on 93 and 128 (sic 95)...

I was also responding to the claim that traffic is lighter overall in September.  Along the East Coast, it often isn't specifically because schools are back in session.  That also spills over into the weekends between family errands (instead of vacation), Saturday classes at many colleges, and whatnot.

Concur with Adam, at least based on my own personal and professional experiences with places further south. September and October tend to be busy in terms of highway traffic, though not so much with "resort" and "getaway" traffic.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #36 on: November 06, 2016, 07:52:33 PM »

Having lived and driven in Boston, it won't be too bad driving around the city on a Saturday in general.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #37 on: November 06, 2016, 07:57:11 PM »

In Boston and Cambridge isn't the issue. It's around Boston. 128 can be hell on weekends if the meet goes out that far.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #38 on: November 06, 2016, 08:06:52 PM »

If the meet is on a weekday on May 8 or earlier, I can't go because of classes at UMass Lowell. April 29, May 6, and May 7 (all weekends) are also unavailable because of a choral concert that I have.
Most roadmeets (at least the ones I attended) are typically done on either just Saturdays or the entire weekend.  I see this one being no different.

Just had a thought: Boston and Portsmouth are relatively close together, so they could possibly fit together as a meet weekend, similar to Hampton Roads and Delmarva a couple years ago, if there's enough overlap in interested people.
Given what's around; a Boston-Portsmouth (I'm assuming you're referring to the one in NH and not the one in RI) joint meet for the same weekend would work better if one day was set aside for one city (& surrounding area) and the following day would be set aside for the other.

Additionally, a meet in Portsmouth was just held a few summers ago (I remember hearing that you weren't able to attend); I'm not sure how much of an interest such would be.  That would be up to whomever is planning this upcoming meet; which I'm assuming that the primary focus will be Boston and the surrounding area.

In Boston and Cambridge isn't the issue. It's around Boston. 128 can be hell on weekends if the meet goes out that far.
The main issue w/Boston & Cambridge will be parking; especially during stops (limited availability and/or price).  And you're right about highways like 128 being traffic nightmares even on weekends.  One way to get around that (and such could be a possible theme) would be to follow the pre-Yankee Division Highway path of 128.  I've done such on the stretch between Woburn and Lynnfield just to avoid the gridlock and it's worked rather well.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #39 on: November 06, 2016, 08:21:39 PM »

I really want to go, but there's one problem: I can't drive. (I do have access to public transportation.)

Totally doable.  I live in Manhattan and hence don't own a car, and I've been to a lot of road meets by mass transit.  Boston should be easy since it's a major city and hence a transit hub.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #40 on: November 06, 2016, 08:54:18 PM »

Additionally, a meet in Portsmouth was just held a few summers ago (I remember hearing that you weren't able to attend); I'm not sure how much of an interest such would be.  That would be up to whomever is planning this upcoming meet; which I'm assuming that the primary focus will be Boston and the surrounding area.

Someone made the suggestion for a clinchfest after the "main event". Given that SE Massachusetts especially is typically out of the way for most of us, I think that would be a better idea.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #41 on: November 07, 2016, 08:44:21 AM »

Additionally, a meet in Portsmouth was just held a few summers ago (I remember hearing that you weren't able to attend); I'm not sure how much of an interest such would be.  That would be up to whomever is planning this upcoming meet; which I'm assuming that the primary focus will be Boston and the surrounding area.

Someone made the suggestion for a clinchfest after the "main event". Given that SE Massachusetts especially is typically out of the way for most of us, I think that would be a better idea.

I'll second the motion.  The roadgeeks are about to take Provincetown!
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #42 on: November 07, 2016, 11:04:18 AM »

Too late.  Took that town with a mobile doppler last year...
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #43 on: November 07, 2016, 11:09:09 AM »

Additionally, a meet in Portsmouth was just held a few summers ago (I remember hearing that you weren't able to attend); I'm not sure how much of an interest such would be.  That would be up to whomever is planning this upcoming meet; which I'm assuming that the primary focus will be Boston and the surrounding area.

Someone made the suggestion for a clinchfest after the "main event". Given that SE Massachusetts especially is typically out of the way for most of us, I think that would be a better idea.

I'll second the motion.  The roadgeeks are about to take Provincetown!
If that would be on the itinerary for a Boston meet, it would need to be a 2-day affair, due to the distance between the two. Also, it would probably best be scheduled in late April/Early May or in the fall to avoid the primary tourist (traffic) season.

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« Reply #44 on: November 07, 2016, 12:01:13 PM »

The quiet time is after July 4, and before late August.  In September folks with kids are no longer going away, and the roads are filled with newcomers who don't know their way.

Avoid the tail end of August and the beginning of September at all costs.  People inexperienced with trucks and/or narrow, confusing streets are out in force driving/parking vans.
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« Reply #45 on: November 08, 2016, 11:33:38 PM »

If there's actual interest in this I could probably host it (or help Steve host it). There's also a few things worth seeing in and around the city that haven't been mentioned, including some old signs, and the tollbooth demolitions on the Turnpike. Also, an abandoned stretch of 128 in the Blue Hills Reservation.

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« Reply #46 on: November 09, 2016, 01:10:50 AM »

If there's actual interest in this I could probably host it (or help Steve host it). There's also a few things worth seeing in and around the city that haven't been mentioned, including some old signs, and the tollbooth demolitions on the Turnpike. Also, an abandoned stretch of 128 in the Blue Hills Reservation.
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« Reply #47 on: November 09, 2016, 09:15:17 AM »

If there's actual interest in this I could probably host it (or help Steve host it). There's also a few things worth seeing in and around the city that haven't been mentioned, including some old signs, and the tollbooth demolitions on the Turnpike. Also, an abandoned stretch of 128 in the Blue Hills Reservation.
Tollbooth demolitions should be long done by next summer.
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« Reply #48 on: November 09, 2016, 12:11:24 PM »

If there's actual interest in this I could probably host it (or help Steve host it). There's also a few things worth seeing in and around the city that haven't been mentioned, including some old signs, and the tollbooth demolitions on the Turnpike. Also, an abandoned stretch of 128 in the Blue Hills Reservation.
Tollbooth demolitions should be long done by next summer.

Are there any left?  I just see pavement rejiggering now.
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« Reply #49 on: November 09, 2016, 12:12:26 PM »

If there's actual interest in this I could probably host it (or help Steve host it). There's also a few things worth seeing in and around the city that haven't been mentioned, including some old signs, and the tollbooth demolitions on the Turnpike. Also, an abandoned stretch of 128 in the Blue Hills Reservation.
Tollbooth demolitions should be long done by next summer.

Are there any left?  I just see pavement rejiggering now.

Phase 1 is virtually done at this point. Booths are all gone.
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