Leverett, recognized that it needed to take the initiative and build and own its own network and could not wait for "pie in the sky by and by" promises of "Wired West".
Shutesbury officials on the other hand drank the Wired West Kool-aid and are therefore Shutesbury is still without high speed internet and likely will stay that way for some time.
What Watson really means is "we will insure that the region is knee capped until we get our export pipeline". Ms. Watson, we have payed billions for gas we have never received, that is leaking from un-maintained pipelines ALL OVER THE STATE.
The Solyndra analogy to subsidy of home solar and solar farms may be unfair, but, it would be nice to see an objective analysis not by people invested financially or emotionally in the cost effectiveness of the taxpayer's investment in a region in which solar has a 14% capacity factor, meaning that given our latitude and climate, we actually get 14% of the "nameplate" MW power rating (the rating proponents cite and journalists repeat). So, if Deval Patrick built 220 MW of solar farm power, we get 14% of that in real electricity. Nuclear and other base power sources have capacity factors of 70-80%. (This is unrelated to power being produced when it can't be well-used or stored.) Compare 600 MW VY to 220 MW of solar farms correcting for capacity factor. Don't believe me. Ask the DOER or an engineer. ...(full comment)
"Money laundering"? When public employee unions support the election of the people on the other side of their collective bargaining table, I wouldn't rhetorically associate their free expression with criminal activity. I would take away that collective bargaining table and the employer's excuse that the union contract prevents them from running government better. ...(full comment)
Both the current Administration and James Hansen believe that nuclear power is a necessary part of the mix of alternatives to fossil fuels. I would have liked Senator Rosenberg to have gotten FERC's opinion on that. They might have started by asking how we allowed a perfectly functional 600 MW facility close because we weren't willing to pay a rate sufficient to maintain it. ...(full comment)
I really like the reduced fare for students up to grade twelve. This will help poor families. The $30.monthly pass option is great too. I would still like to see service to the Greenfield and Montague industrial parks, weekend and limited holiday service. So happy to see some improvements. ...(full comment)
FY16 PROPOSED FIXED ROUTE CHANGES
ROUTE 21 Greenfield Community Route
Some modification to start times and arrival times for better connections with other routes, arrival times for key stops, and accounting for updated travel time between stops. Two added trips leaving at 7:00pm and 8:00pm for later service and final connections from all other out of town routes.
ROUTE 22 Montague/Greenfield Route
This route will be modified to compliment service on Routes 23 and 32 to offer hourly service to downtown Turners Falls Offers service to Park Villa Apartments that cannot be accomplished on the Route 32. One added trip leaving at 7:00pm for later service and final connections from Routes 21, 31, and 41.
ROUTE 23 Amherst/Greenfield Route
This route will be modified to leave Montague Center and travel down Route 47 into Sunderland making transfer connections with the UMass Route 31. This route is timed to make year round connections with UMass Route 31. Increasing from two trips per day to four for added access to Amherst. Same total trips time getting from Greenfield to Amherst as current schedule.
ROUTE 25 GCC Shuttle
This new route will travel from the JWO Transit Center to GCC making quick connections to Routes 31 and 32 and from Routes 23, 31, and 32 at peak demand times
ROUTE 31 Greenfield/Northampton Route
Trip times will be modified to leave on the hour for more consistent scheduling and making better connections with the PVTA B43 and B48. New schedule will also include two stops in Hatfield.
ROUTE 32 Orange/Greenfield Route
This route will be modified to eliminate the request stop at Franklin Medical Center and trip times will be modified to leave on the hour for more consistent scheduling. Updated travel time between stops will ensure better connections with MART G Link.
ROUTE 41 Charlemont/Greenfield Route
This route will be modified to eliminate Cherry Rum Plaza and Salmon Falls. Streamlined route and updated travel time between stops for more accurate schedule. Trip times modified to allow for arrival and departure of key stops (Mohawk High School, Charlemont Academy, and GCC) and for connections with the Route 21 (including Cherry Rum Plaza).
ROUTE 62 Corporate Center Shuttle
This route will remain unchanged traveling between the JWO Transit Center, the Greenfield Park and Ride lot, and the Corporate Center.
PROPOSED FIXED ROUTE FARE CHANGES
Change one way fares to $1.25 for all routes
Change half fare to $0.60 for Statewide Access Pass, ADA, Medicare card holders and persons over 60
Institute half fare rates of $0.60 for Veterans and Active Military
Institute half fare rates of $0.60 for students through grade 12
Institute monthly (31consecutive days) fare pass for $30.00
Institute free transfers between all FRTA routes
Continue free transportation for children under 5 years with a fare paying adult
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At breakfast this morning, my wife also brought up the fact that women have now been officially admitted to combat roles in the U.S. military (though they have in fact participated in combat throughout human history, and especially in recent years as the nature and rules of warfare have changed). Will women drone pilots and combat soldiers be required to seek special absolution before being admitted to communion, or will they be free like their male counterparts to exercise their conscience without the church's paternal guidance? ...(full comment)