Ridership up again.
Red Line now so slow 60-year-old joggers beat it across the Longfellow Bridge. Seems the ties on the bridge's tracks are falling apart.
The T is just so intolerably slow, I still drive to work. I hate that I do that, but it's completely unacceptable that it takes me over an hour to get from Cambridge to Boston via public transportation.
By the way, go O!
I agree the public transport just doesnt help situations, ifthey want us to use less gas then sort the transport out.
Cambridge Chronicle has the story: they are slowing down intentionally (since last Thursday) so as to not cause additional damage to the railroad ties which are in desperate need of repair.
I noticed that Saturday - visited Davis Square going out by bus and returning by the Red line to the Green line, and the train just inched its way to Charles/MGH. I assumed it had to do with the structural issues on the bridge, and it made me feel nice and secure, oh yes it did.
Obviously, the hue and cry this generates will fast-track any languishing repair/replacement projects.
The first article mentions the "nostalgic 'click, click' sound" which the electronic dispatch boards make. I'd wondered what the point was; I just find the sound annoying.
is to alert people that the information on the board is changing.
I've heard that nostalgic "flapping" sound at North Station. I know it is supposed to tie in with changes, but it seems to be pretty random.
before announcements are made there is a loud *BONG*. I don't think that there is someone actually hitting a gong before they make the announcement. The exception to this seems to be in Munich Hauptbahnhof where instead of a gong, it sounds like a strike on a woodblock. I don't really see the difference between that and the recorded clickety-clack of the departure boards. It's just a way to draw attention.
May: Gas prices surge; students leave town
June - August: people go on vacation. When not on vacation, high gas prices and decent weather mean more people use the T
September: students return, vacationers return, gas prices push even more people onto the T. The T becomes suddenly, massively crowded
Just think of it as a fall sardine run ...
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