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Man learns you can't just hang with the Orange Line

Train Surfing

Transit Police report educating a Jamaica Plain man on the finer points of subway law in the Commonwealth, specifically that there is a crime called riding upon a train other than as a fare paying passenger.

Police say Jonathan Lopez got this lesson around 8:15 p.m. on Monday at Back Bay station, where he and two pals were captured on video grabbing onto the top of an Orange line car and taking it for a ride down the platform. Police say:

This conduct is extremely dangerous and can be deadly. The Transit Police will not tolerate such conduct and will identify, locate and arrest anyone performing such deadly, criminal stunts.

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It's always the Orange Line, isn't it?

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Check out this sick fake leg I got after losing my leg in a train-surfing accident! It's radical!

Someone get these cube-gleamers some better hobbies.

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If so, I fail to see how this stunt violates the cited law.

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by hanging onto the train but not as a fare paying passenger (i.e. inside the train, where most people ride).

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...maybe the trick word is "passenger"? From a legal definition of "passenger":

A passenger is a rider who has paid a fare on a train, bus, airline, taxi, ship, ferry, automobile or other carrier in the business of transporting people for compensation. A passenger is owed a duty of care by such a carrier and does not have to prove negligence in order to recover damages if they are injured while being transported.

So that "duty of care" thing clearly can't apply to people hanging off the side of the train, and thus they aren't legally passengers.

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     With the Orange Line so overcrowded, this could be a way to increase capacity.

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Natural Selection at work. Don't interfere.

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I've always wanted to stand on the connector at the back of a green line train above ground and ride it for a few stops.

I never would actually do such a thing but it's a daydream nevertheless.

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doing that. Looks horribly uncomfortable for one.

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A lot of people got free rides to and from Brookline High back in the 80's that way.

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The 80s? The 90s and 00s as well!

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A guy clinging to the handles on the back of a #1 bus (with his feet on the bumper) going across the Mass Ave bridge on a Saturday night. Once the bus reached the Boston side of the bridge, a cop saw him and pulled the bus over. Presumably he got in trouble after that.

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I'm an old stick-in-the-mud I guess, but anything that delays the T I'm not in favor of, even if it spoils someone's fun. For Pete's sake, the Orange Line is crowded, dirty, delayed enough without individual hijinks.

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when I was a dumb (dumber?) kid we used to grab onto the sides of the green line trains underground and "ride them into the sun" which was above ground, comm ave.

I wouldn't recommend it.

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The news coverage of this dangerous stunt made Jonathon a hero to the facebook generation. Other teens will surf the rails end up in the morgue and the T will be sued and taxpayers will pay millions in reparations to the surfers families.

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