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A year of delays on the T made it hard to get from A to B
By adamg on Wed, 12/26/2018 - 9:19am
If we had a dime for every T delay, we'd be rich. Here are the ones we rhymed in 2018. It's far from a complete list of delays - we missed a few and didn't do rhymes for delays caused by deaths or that involved people being forced to walk through tunnels to escape from dead trains.
Jan. 11 at Charles/MGH. Photo by Midwinter's Wolf.
Thanks a lot, dead train in Dot, 1/3/18
Orange Line riders have extra time for flossing because there's a dead train at Roxbury Crossing, 1/27/18
Train at Maverick moves like a brick, 1/30/18
Feb. 2 at Kendall. Photo by Spinfire.
Some Orange Line riders probably wish they'd drove; there's a dead train on the tracks at Oak Grove, 2/9/18
An Orange Line train needed a funeral mass, but at least no riders were showered with glass, 2/22/18
March 8 on the Riverside Line. Photo by the MBTA.
Orange Line door proved quite a boor, 3/19/18
Orange Line riders have no choice but to relax: A train near Wellington is dead on the tracks, 3/27/18
April 4 at Porter Square. Photo by Michael Doyle.
Nothing was fine on the old Red Line, 4/23/18
May 4 at Downtown Crossing. Photo by Amelia Mulligan.
You can't blame all Green Line delays on the T; some drivers don't know how to handle tracks, you see, 5/10/18
June 19 at Charles/MGH. Photo by A Quiet Philodox.
Oy, vey: Dead train at JFK, 6/14/18
The latest update on Green Line health? There's a dead trolley along Commonwealth, 6/29/18
No delays because of this, but it's a deer on the Green Line. Photo by MassDOT.
August 6 at South Station. Photo by Meri Persisted.
September 29 on the B Line. Photo by Fuad.
October 31 outside North Station. Photo by T.J. Winnick.
Needham Line isn't fine, 10/22/18
One Orange Line door is such a boor, 10/26/18
Nov. 17 on the B Line. Photo by Sundaram.
An Orange Line train brought back from the dead, but delays leave riders with sense of dread, 11/8/18
No happy trails: Fitchburg train derails, 11/27/18
Dec. 8 at Kenmore Square. Photo by Jesse.
Not so divine: Delays on the B Line, 12/11/18
Blue Line track has a crack, 12/13/18
Boo hoo hoo: Train died near Andrew, 12/19/18
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Not good, but
Now do delays on 93.
On 93 north you won't get very far
There's 10,000 folks each alone in their car
My commute to work in the
My commute to work in the warm city I live in is 20 mins via car each way. Enjoy the cold dark misery!
Enjoy the cultural amenities of the sunbelt …
I'll go to an exhibit at the MFA and walk over to the BSO.
That's nice dear
Now tell us all how you will weather nearly a year of unemployment culminating in a move to another city when you get laid off.
I am loving it. Glad to hear
I am loving it. Glad to hear you have a job that has 100 percent job security. Happy New Year!
Not job security
Just much easier to find other jobs if you lose a job.
I've had ten jobs in 20 years but have not been unemployed for more than a couple of months in between (and half of that was just taking a break)
That sounds like hell, actually
My ass is getting fatter just reading about 40 minutes a day in a car.
Enjoy it while it lasts
Sounds like you are good for now. Not my cup of tea, but not an unreasonable situation.
Judging from a couple of decades of seeing what has happened to people I grew up with and extended family members, you won't have that sweet situation for long.
A couple of things tend to happen:
1. the lack of traffic is linked to an overall lack of economic activity. If your employment falls through, you will have to move.
2. Economic activity is solid, jobs are plentiful, your employment outlook is robust, and that brings with it acres of sprawl development as people move into the area. Poof - your magic commute is now 40+ minutes each way.
Commutes seem to be beholden to the laws of thermodynamics: you can't win, you can't break even, and you can't get out of the game.
Unless you live on a narrow
Unless you live on a narrow swath of the California coast, YOU can go enjoy your 4-5 months of extreme heat (and possible soaking humidity) come May.
The T failure rhymes and the very opinionated, know-it-all, hilarious prolific superstars of the UHub comments section are why this is one of the first websites I log onto every day while slacking off at work. Thanks for all you do, Adam, and cheers to a great 2019!
UHub, Twitter, and Reddit have the best T coverage
In that order. I'm calling it for 2019. Pollack is thrown out. Walsh rides the T and says holy sh. A T station partially collapses. South Coast Rail is cut, again.
Great advertising for Uber and Lyft
Just point to this list.
And to think people want the city to be car free. Build it and they will come, but not if failure is so frequent.
We all know where that leads - massive traffic jams.
I think this list should end with a list of bicycle shops. Sure, doesn't work every day for everybody, but you can probably commute 80-90% of the time by bike.
In defense of the MBTA
Sometimes the delays are not their fault. On Christmas Eve red line trains were delayed and had to bypass JFK station because a passenger had a medical emergency according to the Globe.
What I saw and heard on the 24th around 7PM
T alerts said the JFK closure on the 24th was due to police activity. The driver of my train said the the station was closed due to police activity. I got on the train at Savin HIll. At the same time T police were driving up and down Savin Hill Ave and walking around Savin Hill station looking for something.
There was no mention of a medical emergency
Either the Globe or the MBTA is playing loose with the facts. The delay at JFK was the result of a brutal stabbing and fight on a train.
Maybe they should deal with
Maybe they should deal with medical emergencies differently if possible.
The governor, the speaker, and the chairs of the transportation committee all got re-elected. No consequences for those in charge
If there were better candidates, maybe that wouldn't be the case. I, for one, would've been very, very happy to vote Charlie out, but after watching the debates with Setti it was very clear he was not a good candidate.
He didn't run in the end.
He didn't run.
The choice on the D side was between Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie, with Gonzalez facing Baker in the General Election.
Not sure what year you got stuck in.
Pretty fucking embarrassing
Pretty fucking embarrassing when you look at in this format (the entire year, documented thanks to my favorite journalist, Adam Gaffin). No wonder I didn't see any reference to the MBTA in the Charlie Baker for Governor ads.
Anyone remember delays => fare hikes around 2007?
I remember excessive delays for a couple of months preceding the T announcing significant fare hikes sometime around '07. The T said the hikes were necessary to improve service. The day the new fares went into effect, the delays magically ended.
I'm not sure if it's funny or
I'm not sure if it's funny or scary but think about how many more rhymes you would've had to come up with if you also included the commuter rail in your daily T reports:)
You left at least one out...
"Orange Line slows to a halt; another dead train's at fault" - 12/27/18
Plus any more that happen between now and Monday night.
Yeoman's work, Adam!
Yeoman's work, Adam!
Thanks and a Happy New Year to you and yours.
God bless and keep the T!