Another step forward for the Somerville Green Line: State transportation folks announced this afternoon proposed stops in Somerville and Medford (sort of). The Cambridge Chronicle has the list.
Every time I walk by the AT&T store in Central Square, I notice the snide, laser-printed signs in the window:
"AT&T IS NOT A PLACE TO WAIT FOR THE BUS."
And, technically, it's true. AT&T is, of course, a communications company. "A place to wait for the bus" is less of a "communications company", and more of a "location". Tougher to brand, too, though Wall's... Read more
After yesterday's crash, a Commuter Rail-riding friend (who was not on that train) got this email today from the powers that be:
Subject: Providence/Stoughton Disruption 3.25.2008
TO ALL OUR PROVIDENCE / STOUGHTON LINE CUSTOMERS
There's no way to summarize Mike Mennonno's post about getting from Somerville to Boston Medical Center by MBTA bus, so just go read it.
The T Riders Union (TRU), a public transit riders advocacy group, is holding a rally in front of the State House tomorrow to protest the T's ballooning debt that keeps shoveling the burden onto riders in the form of 3 fare hikes in 6 years.
Riders calling for the State legislature to pass MBTA debt relief legislation and will be joined by co-sponsors of the... Read more
Sick of poor service, uneven automated fare collection machine implementation, and rising fares? Think the new fare increases (from $1.25 to $2.25 cash) are outrageous?
The T Riders Union (TRU) is going to march on the MBTA tomorrow at 12:30pm at MBTA Headquarters (10 Park Plaza, intersection of Park and Charles.) Frustrated riders who are trying to prevent increase of 29-83% to cash and Charlie... Read more
Hmm, why do you think T ridership hasn't increased despite the recent run-up in gasoline prices? Regular T commuter Gary McGath has a possible answer:
... The MBTA offers riders inadequate parking, overcrowded trains, cars that are often freezing or broiling... Read more
So, I was walking from Coolidge Corner down Beacon Street, toward Boston, last night, and I heard from across the street a sudden “thump, thump … thump, thump” to my side... It sounded a lot like a car would if... Read more
The number two item in the MBTA customer bill of rights reads: Your safety is our top priority. If we are not performing to your standards, please 'write to the top'. Top level management will respond. Given my interest in personal safety and experiences with the T, I had the opportunity to try this out.
To me, riding the T is usually painless, but getting... Read more
Although the man/train accident was at Park Street, commuters elsewhere on the line report the same sort of chaos that broke out there. In a letter to T officials, Goose details what happened at Downtown Crossing:
The Red Line train I was on was stopped about 20 yards short of the platform at Downtown Crossing. We were held there without light or ventilation... Read more
Mr. Mac describes what happened when a Red Line train, stuck in the tunnel for quite some time at rush hour, pulled into Park Street and discharged passengers this morning:
... Instead of letting people on the train, the conductor kept closing and opening the doors in a chopping fashion, striking the passengers entering the train with no warning. This went on for a... Read more
Filmgirl99 is waiting at the Fenway commuter stop when the train comes barrelling through and doesn't stop - again:
... The MBTA service is getting worse and worse these past couple of months. Usually they just try to avoid picking up passengers, by having the same bitchy conductress yell impatiently through the loudspeakers that there's another train coming right behind this one. She knows... Read more
Suggestion 7,012 for how to increase T ridership by not pissing off existing riders so much they all go out and buy SUVs: If you need to have a train stop at the wrong platform, see if there are people in the station who are waiting for it where it normally stops:
... A few of the passengers went onboard and managed to find... Read more
Newly arrived from California, Susan quickly gets lessons in how http://adam.rosi-kessel.org/weblog/boston/boston_v...">our fair state's insurance and mass-transit systems really work. First, she's forced to lie about where she got her car, because it was a gift from her aunt and the official form for insurance doesn't list "aunt" as a family member from whom gifts are acceptable:
... I was confused, as I listened to... Read more
Urbanoutback tries driving to work and, amazingly, discovers he actually misses taking the T. Except for the announcements:
... I ALWAYS take my bags and personal belongings when exiting the train, and I think we all know we should by now. And if I hear that stagy "If you see something, say something!" announcement one more goddamn time, I'm going to rip out my... Read more
So the T had to do some maintenance work on the Orange Line over the weekend (next weekend, too) that involved shutting down one track and stopping northbound service at Downtown Crossing. You'd think that since this was planned they could post signs at the entrances... Read more