MBTA Bingo

Make your T ride slightly more fun with MBTA Bingo. Click the Print button below and take a copy with you. Then just check off items as you see/hear/smell them. And when you win? Yell "BINGO!" as loud as you can - see if you can startle the guy at the other end of the car whose music you can feel in your bones.

Hit Reload to get a different board.

All hail Cheryl Stober for this brilliant idea. Have ideas for additional items? Post 'em in a comment below.



Phrases so far

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Customer service agent
"Traffic ahead"
Singing rider
Summer session ad
Rolling bottle
Dead train
Foul odor
Discarded Metro
Train standing by
Broken door
Broken escalator
Religion ad
Somebody smoking
Chinese food
Bag check
Backpack smacks you
Rachel Kaprelian
MP3 player cranked to 11
Bag on seat
Exotic wildlife
Duct-taped window
Somebody eating
Person rushing in before everybody exits
Train goes express
Sob Story Guy
Flash from 3rd rail/overhead wire
AC not working
Zipcar ad
Person reading paper that costs money
Cellphone TMI
Door blocker
Guy spread across 2 seats
Clinical-study ad
Nail clipping

Needs more happy things to look for!

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Sweet parent-child interaction
Quietly reading a book
Colorful shoes
Person making something
Classy/subtle PDA
Operator visible from first car
Person offering seat
Healthy snack

Switching problems Shuttle

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Switching problems
Shuttle service (ie, when train breaks, routine weekend maintenance, and my personal favorite--The Elevator Shuttle)
Pre-paid pass expired
A T worker yells at you
Coffee flood
unknown liquid flood
broken umbrella
discarded scratch ticket
Dunkin Donuts trash
pole leaner (so you have no place to hold on)
someone sitting on the ground
someone drawing
someone on a laptop
someone taking a picture thinking no one sees them
someone grading a paper
someone studying a printed power point lecture
someone in scrubs
someone on a cellphone saying "I'm on the T and about to go underground"
someone on a cellphone saying "can you hear me now"
post-game chaos
a sticky substance
obvious urine

Mobile version

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This obviously screams for an app. Alas, that's way beyond my skill set, but I should be able to at least get checkboxes next to items.

Working on it...

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Should have a prototype Android and iOS app soon...

How about:

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Pink plastic shopping bags
very low volume on announcements
very high volume on announcements
witness fare evasion

Everyone can cross off "pink

Everyone can cross off "pink plastic bags" the minute the doors open at Chinatown. Could be a very exciting approach if it's your last square. =)

Howabout for the green line

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Howabout for the green line "everyone crowded together in the front, plenty of room in the back"

Ooh, buses...

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Forgot about those. In that case, we need a space for the Big Mama drivers...

"OK, now honey, you gotta tap the card...did I SAY to put the money in yet? MMhmm. Come on, come on, tap it again. NOW you put the money in."

Service Behind

Yeah the old "Service Behind" ploy

Doors are closing shouted x 3 or 4

Headscarf or do-rag

Elderly hand-holding Couple

child announcing stops

travel mug

sippy cup

lululemon bag

More bingo squares

Rank fast-food odor (McD's, BK, KFC, etc., not just Chinese)
Tinny hip-hop blaring through cellphone speaker (no earbuds)
Fast-food trash left on seat
Drunk conversation shouted across crowded car

some more esoteric ones

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Train reboots -- electronics power down/up.

Fare inspectors at work.

Workers on track as you go by.

Blue line train attempts to depart Airport station without switching power supply (seen it once).

Bus displays wrong info on sign.

Bus uses piece of paper with route number.

Broken stop request strip.

Someone parked in bus stop.

Passenger demands to alight while not at bus stop.

Operator repeats each station announcement same as automated messages.

Cars block crossing of trolley at street-level.

Trolley blows horn at interloper (car or person).

Scheduled vehicle fails to show up ever.

Packed bus stops to pick-up passengers while nearly empty bus skips stop.

6+ Green line trains pass before your branch shows up.

3+ Green line trains of same branch pass consecutively.

Get off full train and realize there's an empty one right behind that.

Spot elusive 4-car Green Line monster.

Bus drives around with foldable seat up because no one can figure out the latch.

Stop request indicated but nobody alights.

Passenger gives seat to elderly person or pregnant lady.

Someone pays fare with small change onboard.


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You can't tell by looking if someone can't stand very long, has poor balance, gets dizzy on vehicles, etc.

robo announcements with

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robo announcements with mispronounced station names such as "lech-mere instead of "leech-mere."

Except he's not a robot

He's from here, so he should know betta! Like "Saint BO-tolph Street". (Did he say "Saint Botox Street"?)

Another one: People who sit on the steps between the levels of the low-floor Green Line cars. Way to be a space hog and a tripping hazard.

Passenger whistling a tune, more or less.

* obviously pregnant woman

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* obviously pregnant woman standing while everyone around them pretends not to see them
* passenger stretched out sleeping across four seats
* ginormous baby carriage
* conductor yelling "Don't hold the doors!!!"

I saw ginormous baby

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I saw ginormous baby carriage this morning. To liven things up how about ginormous baby carriage blocking door and mom/dad refusing to move making it tough for even slender people to get off the train in a single file line. Ya, that was this morning for ya. The joys of the T. - Mea www.hertrainstories.blogspot.com

Pickup artist hitting on

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Pickup artist hitting on young women.
While waiting for a bus at a station 3 "out of service" buses come in a row.
Person presses stop request when bus is arriving at it's destination train station (Duh, don't worry, if the bus says Wonderland for example the driver will actually stop at Wonderland).
Train comes to abrupt halt when it hits a red signal. Extra points if it moves an additional 2 feet and comes to another abrupt halt.

Bus driver unfamiliar with

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Bus driver unfamiliar with route, makes stops at non-bus-stops.

Bus driver unfamiliar with route, actually becomes lost and requires passenger direction

Mismatched seat

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Mismatched seat coverings
"The" Ron Newman
"This train is being taken out of service"
Bad body odor
Transit police
System map or roll-sign with the A line *instant win*
Raving mental patient
Someone barefoot
Ralph Nader
Subway musician
Michael Dukakis

No assing rough

No Passing Through altered to No assing rough

Shopping cart

dog in gym bag or purse

person sorting through multiple bags

folding bicycle

I just got Metro, traffics

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I just got Metro, traffics ahead, fare evasion, and stroller using the blank space.

Hilarious stuff.

really yucky stuff

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The yuckiest stuff I've seen, besides nail clipping:

woman squeezing blackheads on (off? out of?) boyfriend's face

woman picking nose and wiping it on the pole by the door

blood smeared on inside window

very angry man cleaning really dirty fingernails with very big buck knife

man putting on belt/getting dressed