What's wrong with the Silver Line?

A lot, a Suffolk professor writes.

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Boston’s light rail system,

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Boston’s light rail system, the Green Line, has pre-validation machines at most stops. These let people pay in advance, then get on the trolley using any door. The Silver Line has none of these.

What Green Line is Mr. Berg riding? Outside of perhaps the first few weeks after the CharlieCard was introduced, have you ever seen anyone use one of the validation machines, if they're even working?

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"validation machines"

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Is there anywhere on the above-ground Green Line that has card-swiping machines besides the D Line?

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There is a validation

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There is a validation terminal at Coolidge Corner, but for some idiotic reason there are no Charlie Card machines (i.e. issuing tickets or adding value or passes to plastic cards in exchange for money) at any of the three large Brookline stops that have enough room for them.

And no one ever uses the terminal anyway.

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All the E-line station stops

All the E-line station stops have fare validation boxes. They are pointless and many of them don't even work. Even if you do validate your fare at the box, you still have to trudge your way to the front to the driver screaming at you to prove it.

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What silver line is he

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What silver line is he riding?

These let people pay in advance, then get on the trolley using any door. The Silver Line has none of these. So unless you get on at one of the three underground stations – and, in particular, if you get on at the airport - you have to queue up at the front door with all your luggage, then make your way – past other people with luggage – to the rear of the bus to sit down and

Except the only SL stop to the airport without prepay is Silver Line Way. And nobody gets on there. Ever.

He does the same when talking about cars blocking the stops. Huh? Has this guy ever ridden the silver line to the bus?

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Airport needs Silver Line prepay stations

I don't understand your comment. None of the airport terminal Silver Line stops have prepayment stations, and they are really needed in order to make the line run efficiently.

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A few more points

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- Buses average 14 mph in their own dedicated, $700 million tunnels.

- The tunnels have been visibly crumbling down to gravel since Day 1. We offer newcomers to Boston a dirt-road quality ride along pavement that is, and has been, rapidly deteriorating from the opening of the line.

- Don't worry about the fact the tunnels are full of water 100% of the time. Quality Big Dig design and construction practices mean that they'll be safe for generations to come!

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Worse than anon posters...

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...blog posts with comments off is a sign of a fragile ego and weak arguement.

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Or...

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Frequent comment spammers.

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The Silver Lie

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Promises were broken to communities of color that are the T's most loyal customers, if the people of this state think they were ripped off during the Big Dig then the AG should look in the Little Dig.

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"Loyal"?

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That's an interesting way to put it.

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Silver Line has been a great success

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say what you want about the T.....but in the case of the Silver Line....they got it right!

whether I am on Washington Street or going to the airport, I find the service to be frequent and reliable. all for just one dollar and 25 cents. are you kidding me?? how can anyone complain about that?!?!?

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I think he's being a little

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I think he's being a little harsh on the city, at least insofar as the airport goes. Roxbury is another matter entirely, but I'm not sure how much the T can do about motorists being jerks.

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I have to say that I take the

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I have to say that I take the SL4 and the SL2 every morning (that's the Washington St. Line and the underground) and it really is very reliable. I also take the green line every afternoon and the two don't even compare. The green is always crowded, dirty and delayed. I like to complain about the silver line too but in my day to day experience the silver definitely wins.

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