Long, long lines waiting for customer service. Wasn't fixing that at the Registry one of Dan Grabauskas's crowning achievements? Any chance he'll ever get around to replicating that on the T?
These are, of course, the new trains that were promised for 2004 delivery. Charlie on the MBTA reports that the first of the cars are now in a T service center in Wellington to begin testing.
Which explains why Refaris was almost arrested for this photo of a train entering the Aquarium stop.
So much going on on our humble public-transit system these days. Here's a round-up of the latest:
File this under: Can't let the terrorists know how many stars are on our flag: When JS pulls out a Polaroid (Yes, a Polaroid) to take a photo of an American flag under glass at the Airport stop on the Blue Line, a T employee immediately orders... Read more
Bostonia Rantida likes the improvements to the Airport stop but wonders why the T didn't put in automated doors:
... There are just so many people going through there have bags and suitcases, and while, like I said, the gates are an improvement over turnstiles (for this station at least), I still have to shove my way through the unwieldy doors. ...... Read more
Chris Webb gets annoyed when he reads a quote from state officials that East Boston doesn't need the Blue Line connected to the Red Line, because it's already served by the Silver Line bus. He says that's true only if East Boston residents first get themselves to the airport, where the bus goes:
... MY ASS it's unnecessary! MAYBE if the Silver Line actually... Read more
From the urine-scented Blue Line stop at the beginning to the misplaced baggage at U.S. Air at the end, Gregg did not have a good trip:
... I found my way to the belt marked "308 from Charlotte" and then proceeded to wait for an hour in front of the stationary belt. People were on edge and when the belt finally began to move,... Read more
The Outraged Liberal ponders the perfomance of T General Manager Dan Grabauskas:
... Not enough locomotives, no air conditioning -- the usual litany. Grabuskas, Romney's hand-picked person for the general manager's job (and someone who doesn't take the T to work) was supposed to clean up the system and make it sparkle.
I guess one person's management whiz is another person's political hack. ...... Read more
I was at Government Center station yesterday waiting for the Blue Line. I heard a guy behind me crying, "I don't understand, what did I do wrong?" At first I thought he was talking to somebody, then I realized he was talking to himself, so I thought maybe he just broke up with his girlfriend or something. Then he cried, "Where's the train? They said... Read more
BadTransit reports on coming upon the source of loud banging at the Aquarium stop:
... A gleaming aluminum-finished bank of the MBTA's "Automated fare collection" equipment and an MBTA worker - one of the T's "Ambassadors" - who was, in John Bolton style, kicking the living s--- out of the equipment. ...... Read more
Lewis and other Blue Line riders this morning get a nice view of a guy relieving himself on the outbound platform:
... Making Niagra Falls look like a mere faucet drip. Even with the sound of my iPod filling my ears the seemingly collective groan of the people who saw you was clearly audible. And to make it even worse is the fact that... Read more
Via Bad Transit comes the news that the current Government Center "headhouse" (i.e., the aboveground, brick part of the station that now looks like the place you'd go when the sirens go off) will be replaced with an airier glass and steel structure - and a brand-new entrance next to the JFK Building just for the Blue Line (underground, the T will rebuild the... Read more
Kendall arrives at the Airport T stop from out of town just in time to see your basic MBTA-type argument:
Station manager lady: Get outta heahre!"
Weird Guy: "MBTA are fascists! You screw us all!"
SML: "You're annoyhaying! You do this every day! Get outta my station!"
WG: "You're a fascist!"
Later, she enjoys watching a Green Line trolley operator roundhouse kicking an apparently... Read more
Marilora posts a list of nine things she's seen on the T she wishes she hadn't, including:
Hipster kids on the Blue Line. You think you look hot in your vintage 80's gear, don't you? Ok, kiddies, take it from me, a person who lived through the 80s. That stuff was not that attractive the first time around. If you are too young to... Read more