FW: [MedfordBiPeds] Re: Oak Grove station bike cage opening April 16
- I was just having fun. I am just always amazed, like Ken, at how much these
things cost. I know I am in the wrong business when I see these reports. It
does seem ludicrous though. There must be a cheaper, better way. For some
reason I just keep thinking of the half-acre lots next to the train stations
in the Netherlands, full of bikes that all looked the same on old-fashioned
bike racks- I don't know how people figured out which bike was theirs!
Here is a youtube video about parking a bike at a Netherlands rail station
and some other cool links to give perspective! There are some fancy bike
facilities there because they are having to deal with thousands and
thousands of bikes at the train stations:
From: Bruce Kulik [mailto:bkulik@...]
Sent: Friday, April 12, 2013 9:54 AM
To: Glenn Dickson
Subject: Re: [MedfordBiPeds] Re: Oak Grove station bike cage opening April
Your comment prompted me to read the article more carefully. Assuming that
MAPC got it right, most of the construction is not for the "cage"
type facility, but rather simply covered racks.
I now agree with you and John. That seems like an excessive cost per space
(assuming I correctly read the sarcasm in your reply). The altruist in me
wants to believe that there is more to this story than MAPC reports, but the
cynic in me wants to bid on the project.
On 4/12/2013 9:32 AM, Glenn Dickson wrote:
> Fun with numbers! For 1600 bike parking spaces, that is only $38,125
> per bike parking space! Gotta love it, it is money well spent.
> Better than spending it on more roads.
- --- In MedfordBiPeds@yahoogroups.com, "Glenn Dickson" <grd@...> wrote:
>I'm all for more investment in transportation and don't begrudge anyone whatever salary they can make, but numbers like these reported today from a report on MBTA and MBCR labor costs indicate that perhaps more reform is necessary:
> I was just having fun. I am just always amazed, like Ken, at how much these
> things cost. I know I am in the wrong business when I see these reports.
Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail
+ 13.7 percent boost in pay to engineers and trainmen in the current contract (from 2009 to June).
+ $1,000 lump-sum bonus to each engineer and conductor who signed the contract.
+ $100 monthly fee for full-scale family health insurance coverage. (State employees pay three to four times that.)
+ $79,279 average pay for T painters (compared to $46,742 for a state painter)
+ $85,000 for assistant general counsel at the T (compared to $65,000 for an assistant attorney general)
+ $53,854 to $61,110 pay range for T customer service reps (compared to $34,843 to $45,117 for Registry of Motor Vehicles customer service employees)