If the T ever replaces the cars on the Orange Line, here's why they need to keep the live announcements

BostInno interviews the Five Star Day, Action Jackson Square Orange Line driver, who moved over recently from the Red Line.

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why don't I get this guy?

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...

Cool interview

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."

"Community. Doors, left."

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.)

Bing-Booong

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!"

(Doors close.)

Driver: "Next stop, Community." (often mumbled or inaudible)

(Train enters station.)

Bing-Booong

Driver: "Community. Doors, left." (similarly mumbled)

(Repeat.)