UPDATE: The Globe reports it's Florida all over again: The T has put the vote into abeyance until it can examine apparent voting irregularities.
Well, actually three winners. The MBTA has selected the final paint schemes for the new Green, Orange, and Red Line cars:
I like that the patterns are different.
Interesting that the winning orange line design was chosen by only 40% of voters, whereas the winning green and red line designs were both the favorites of 80% and 90% respectively.
The Globe reports.
that didn't take long!
Is there anyone else out there thinking, "who cares"?
Give us a train that is reliable and get it to us soon and who really cares about the paint scheme?
I was going to say something, but given the reactions to my earlier post about the E line blockade, I thought better of it.
Having enjoyed the masochist's pleasure of dealing with seveal city and Commonwealth agencies that provide direct consumer services over the past year, I wonder whether public agencies are now designed to add impediments and aggravation to the services they are supposed to provide. There is a litany of agency abbreviations which all combined are synonyums for arrogance, incompetence, frustration, delays and even death. MBTA, IS, BRA, BPS and DCF. The failures of these agencies are infamous.
Our legislators and executives of governor and mayors fiddle with Olympics and in city race courses, debates about marijuana dispensaries and casinos, while fundamental public services are failing.
Perhaps the minor controveries are the modern equivalent to bread and circuses. Create minor controversies to keep attention away from the what appears to be a failure across state and city agencies to provide the services that justify their existence. Or perhaps the agencies have lost sight of the fact that they are serving individuals, not data sets. Whatever the root of the problem at this point any interaction with a govenment agency requires a prescription for anxiety relieving scripts to not just want to give up and move to a shack in the middle of no where.
Rather than gauging customer opinion on things like bus route realignment or other service changes that might really make a difference, offering a choice of decorative paint designs matters very little to anyone.
This illusion allows The Ⓣ to claim they're being responsive to customer demands, while doing absolutely nothing to actually improve the passenger experience.
"Additionally, hundreds of the votes came from the same IP address, which submitted as many as three survey responses per second, according to the survey’s results page."
You mean Survey Monkey isn't really that secure? I bet it was that 4chan guy ;)
Seriously? It's not that difficult to implement a lookup queue for the last n IP addresses that voted and discard votes from repeat offenders - and even ban them for abuse.
Sounds like SurveyMonkey sucks. I just don't understand who would care enough to rig the voting.
Yes they do. They are expensive and hold your data hostage. I'll never use them again.
We all know their name is "The Hacker Known as 4Chan".
If you look at the raw data results. Votes for the red and green were mixed when the voting first opened, then swayed heavily towards the winning option. Something is fishy.
Respondents by date displayed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-JNCYR7TC/data-trends/
I was certain the results were BS before I read the above comment.
Just look at the tally here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-JNCYR7TC/
The Orange Line votes were 11k, 8k, and 7k. Looks good.
But Red was 13k, 6k, and 158k. And Green was 9k, 160k, and 8k. Hmm. Anything look suspiciously out of line? Maybe way too many votes, if you consider what percentage of the T's ridership would actually hear about this poll and take the time to vote?
Rule #1 of voter fraud: you can't vote so many times as to make it this obvious.
Direct democracy in action. I like the red line scheme, the others, meh.
I think old time hot rod flames would look good on least one of the Orange Line trains.
One's bound to catch fire soon
ah, come on - where are the lightning bolts, flames and racing stripes?
In general I like them, but I don't understand why 1 overall design wasn't chosen, and the color palette changed for each respective line. To me, it seems odd to have 3 differing schemes.
That would make too much sense .
Well , with the developing alleged tampering, Orange at 41% , toss inflated Red and Green , and implement Orange scheme on everything. Case closed .
I am actually happy with that - I voted for that scheme on both the Orange and Red lines :)
And now the blog.mass.gov post is gone.
Maybe T management thinks that some of those millennials may switch to driving if they hate the looks of the new cars in four years.
"This is embarrassing"
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