Around 8:15 a.m., Kerry O'Brien reported an inbound Needham Line train was so crowded people at Roslindale Village couldn't get on.
But re-elect Charlie Baker! He'll fix the T someday, maybe, probably not, but hey he's a nice guy.
I've been taking this line from Highland (2 stops prior) for almost 10 years daily and it was equally bad under Deval Patrick.
I WILL vote to re-elect Charlie Baker, thank you very much!
riding commuter rail since the mid 1980s, under various administrations., and it has never, ever been as bad as it is today. Nice try though.
Oh, and the last time I checked, Deval is no longer in power.
A search function on this site, plenty of similar post todays.
Search Needham Line 2014. This isn't anything new, maybe Jay Gonzales can propose a tax on the MBTA to pay for the MBTA, guy seem like a genuine economic genius.
I had far worse travels on that train than today in the last decade!
At least in the last few years before the T took over.
I would say that the more appropriate question is why was the train so crowded. Was there an issue with an earlier train? Or is that run always that crowded?
It's not like anyone else can fix the T.
The T's problems are much more than who the governor is.
I was on that train and there were even open seats. Probably just not in the first car. People love to stand in the first car. Move back people.
I was too. No seats on 1st or 2nd car and it was so packed you couldn't move to any of the other cars. This train sux as it is but when they send a shorter train it sux even more.
Uneven crowding of the trains is an inevitable result of the way the Make-Believe Commuter Rail misuses the train system they inherited.
The trains are inflexibly a certain length - they can't figure out how to make them larger or smaller depending on passenger load. So what they do is half the time they run a mostly empty train and only let the passengers get on or off through a single door.
If passengers are not waiting by that door, sometimes the conductors won't let them get on or off the train at the station. Once-burned passengers all mob that one door when the train arrives (whether it's their train or not, whether it's opening just one door or not).
The correct approach (the one used in first-world countries) is to mark the pavement by door positions clearly so that waiting passengers know where they are supposed to be, depending on what train they are waiting for and when.
Most places also don't have conductors manually checking tickets like the commuter rail does. The commuter rail will open only a few cars at each station so they can keep track of who got on where and whose tickets have been checked. If they used a modern ticketing system, people could get into any car.
I was on this train too. The last two cars were jam packed.
Nope, I tried every car. No seats, no room, and about 30 who didn't fit or chose to wait.
The front and back of each car is almost always crowded as riders heading to South Station and Back Bay crowd those cars, as the exits are most convenient in those areas.
That's why when a slew of people get off at Back Bay, the rear cars are virtually empty (but at least you get a seat for that short ride to South Station!); the front cars are loaded with passengers getting off at South Station because the distance to the entrance is shorter.
Like, every day at West Medford.
At least the people standing had enough room to keep their backpacks on and take up twice as much space.
People should take earlier trains. I'm on before 7, just to avoid the crowds.
What if they have a kindergartener who doesn't leave for school until 7:30?
Well you have no choice then.
Makes me glad that I'm a bus-only commuter living in Newton, which I have been for a about a decade.
Es mehr S-bahn braucht!
Decided to use the Fairmount Station. There is always room and it is the same distance for me.
I'd say 3 miles, but maybe just two and a half.
Help keep Universal Hub going. If you like what we're up to and want to help out, please consider a (completely non-deductible) contribution.
Copyright 2019 by Adam Gaffin and by content posters.Advertise | About Universal Hub | Contact | Privacy