Yeah, it's a publicity stunt (and possible list-building exercise) by the Massachusetts Democratic Party, but this petition urging Gov. Baker to actually ride the T is certainly a valid question when the governor is saying the T is moving in the right direction right after the Red Line pretty much stopped moving at all due to that car that derailed and took out key signaling equipment with it (even Mitt Romney took the T once, even if he only rode for one stop and was unable to say how much a ride cost).
It's so bad, even Baker's BFF, Marty Walsh, who rides the T about as often as the governor, and who once said MBTA problems were overblown by whiner reporters, called the Red and Green Line derailments unacceptable.
At-large City Councilor Michelle Wu, who actually takes the T to work, is calling for putting local representatives back on the board that runs the authority as a first step:
Government exists precisely to help solve collective problems like this, but it requires leadership & accountability.
But as the politicians talk about the T, here's Jennifer O'Mahony, who commutes from Quincy into town, on her Red Line ride today:
It took me over an hour from Quincy Adams to Park St. Usually its a half hour.
And here's Laura:
Quincy Center to Downtown Crossing took 45-50 minutes. And that was after waiting almost 15 minutes for a train. Normal ride is 25 minutes.