MBTA chief vows better communication
Richard Davey's effort may have intensified this morning. Needham Line rider Mike Davis tweets the signboard at his station this morning read:
Train to Boston NOT MOVING at this time.
Davey made his comments at the MBTA's monthly board meeting yesterday, in which he noted the worst commuter-rail performance in four years and "weaknesses in our fleet, particularly in our Orange and Red Line," as exposed by their performance during last month's cold snap.
But he praised T workers for making the system safer - only 2 passengers reported snow-related injuries and the T is now taking charge of clearing snow from bus stops it had previously just left to the sun to clear.
Separately, Davey hopes to close at least part of an impending deficit through royalties on the sales of T-related merchandise. What would you put on a T T-shirt? Some initial proposals.
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I'd add it to my collection...
... of the London Underground map sweatshirt and the Washington Metro map T-Shirt.
I was always a little mystified as to why these *weren't* local tourist commodities. I'm beginning to think this T manager isn't the same as all the previous ones.
Now, if they sell mugs with "Delayed because of the T", they'll sell a bunch. Seriously.
The shirts could be patterned with a detailed map of the MBTA. Customizable, of course. (as in, maybe the customer gets the commuter rails and all the subways, the key bus routes, the ferries, and maybe some personal favorite bus routes not usually shown)
The only downside, of course, is that if you actually wear one on the MBTA, you are going to be the center of attention as everyone will inevitably stare at the cotton map.
And available at
Ward Maps in Cambridge.
But, alas, no T-Shirts or other wearables
Yes, they are available
Anyone remember a shop in Brookline
Kind of on Cypress, I guess near Brookline Hills station, which had the T logo on their signage? They sold T-type of T-shirts IIRC. This would be probably a dozen years ago.
Or am I hallucinating again.
Probably not authorized
I've seen an "I hate the Green Line" T-shirt.
I've seen cufflinks made out of old T tokens in the little watch shop on Church Street in Harvard Square. I'm not sure what could be made out of a CharlieCard.
You could use it as a stencil!
"The New Improved T - Now With Fewer Snakes!"
"The Green Line - Eliminating Destinations, And Adding Time Onto How Long It Takes To Get To Those That Remain, Since 1969!"
"America's Oldest Subway - Like You Couldn't Tell..."
"Lechmere - It's Not Pronounced Any Of The Ways You Think."
"The Red Line - It's How White People Who Used To Live Near Ashmont Get To Braintree."
"The T Stands For... Um, don't tell me. I know it's something beginning with T. Give me a minute."
"The Blue Line - It's Not Just For Degenerate Gamblers Anymore!"
"Welcome To The T - If Your Train Says It's Going To Lechmere, You've Probably Got A 50/50 Shot."
"The Orange Line - Roxbury And Charlestown. Make Up Your Own Joke."
"Welcome To The T. Your Train Is Delayed."
"Welcome To Copley. Get Back On Your Train. You're Not Allowed To Change Directions Here."
"Symphony - Where The Cream Of Society Go To Be Mugged."
"Welcome To Harvard. Please Don't Feed The Pit Kids."
"If You See Something, Say Something (But Don't Take A Photo!)"
"Hi. I Am Not One Of The Perverts Who Rides These Trains. I Will Not Pull Out My Willie, Nor Will I Grope You. I Will Not Try To Surreptitiously Take Upskirt Photos Of Your Genitals. I Am Also Very Non-Annoying. I Do Not Speak Loudly On My Cell Phone As Though I Were The Only Person Who Matters, I Bathe Regularly, I Brush My Teeth, And I Use Deodorant. I Am Not Wearing A Backpack Of Which I Am Seemingly Unaware And With Which I Will Hit Innocent People In The Face When I Turn Around. I Do Not Sit With My Legs Spread In Such A Fashion That I Take Up Two Seats, Nor Do I Have My Packages Enjoying A Sitdown While You Have To Stand. I Wait Patiently, While Others Disembark, Before I Board The Train. I Will Likely Give Up My Seat For Disabled People And Senior Citizens. I Don't Throw My Trash Into The Pit Or Onto The Floor. I Am Not Spreading Contagious Disease Because I Always Cover My Mouth When I Cough Or Sneeze. Finally, Let Me Add This: What In The FUCK Am I Doing HERE?!?"
For the last one, you forgot
For the last one, you forgot "I Will Not Clip My Nails, Including The Ones On My Toes, While On This Train."
...actually, give Mr. DeLeo a chance to recover from his fall...I'm sure the flow of degenerate gamblers will open back up again real soon...the wonder of it all indeed.
Overcompensating on the Green Line
Last evening around 5:45 PM I was waiting for an outbound train at Hynes. I was very impressed by the following announcement made by the robot voice:
ATTENTION ALL PASSENGER [SIC], A DISABLED TRAIN AT PARK STREET IS CAUSING OUTBOUND SERVICE DELAYS. OFFICIALS ARE AT THE SCENE AND WE EXPECT TO RESUME SERVICE SHORTLY.
Impressive, right? Until I realized the message was going to loop indefinitely until a train came.
MBTA a no-show
That 7:00am train never showed, and everyone from the Bellevue stop slogged through the slush to the bus stop on Belgrade Ave. The first bus to Forest Hills passed 13 mins. later and did not stop to pick up passengers, even though the bus was one-quarter empty. Needless to say, I missed my work appointment and have cancelled buying my monthly rail pass for March. The system is too unreliable to be trusted when work demands you be there on time.