BostInno interviews the Five Star Day, Action Jackson Square Orange Line driver, who moved over recently from the Red Line.
Why don't I get this guy?
I ride the Orange Line every day to/from downtown and am only gifted with harangues from a cranky driver who wants us to stay clear of the doors, move in, whatever--at least two lectures per stop. After 10 stops I dream about electronic announcements so I don't have to hear it yet again...
This guy is awesome; I wish more conductors were like him! I don't usually get him in the morning, but I've had him a few times coming home this week. He sounds like he's having fun, and he injects some humor into what is otherwise a mundane and sometimes (during rush hour) uncomfortable commuting experience. Best line I've heard yet: "Next up, the one, the only...Wellington Station! Transfer here for local buses and some much needed leg-room."
I agree with the other posters. I've never had the luck of riding in this guy's train. Sometimes I wonder if the T does any sort of quality checks on drivers. My experience is usually something like this:
(Doors open. Passengers exit. I board train.)
Driver: "STAND CLEAR OF THE DOORS! THE DOORS ARE CLOSING. STAND CLEAR OF THE DOORS!"
(Doors attempt to close and reopen because passengers are in the way.)
Bing-Booong, Bing-Boong, Bing-Boong
Driver: "MOVE TO THE CENTER OF THE CAR! STAND CLEAR OF THE DOORS! THE DOORS ARE CLOSING. STAND CLEAR OF THE DOORS!"
Driver: "Next stop, Community." (often mumbled or inaudible)
(Train enters station.)
Driver: "Community. Doors, left." (similarly mumbled)