In a new weekly series on WZLX.com, we examine the many crazy things we see on the MBTA all the time – and the life lessons we take from it.
Thanksgiving week provided travelers with all of the usual characteristics of an infuriating commute on the MBTA, plus several added surprises. They did release its mobile ticketing app for smartphone owners just in time for hectic holiday travel, but of course it didn’t affect the lines for paper tickets, or anywhere on the T for that matter.
The MBTA always teaches us new things, but Thanksgiving weekend always brings it to another level. Here are 12 things we learned from the T last week:
If you give MBTA workers one job to do, they will do their absolute best to screw it up as spectacularly as possible.
BostonianAtheist (@BostonAtheist13) November 22, 2012
The MBTA is insecure about its own infrastructure, which is why you only see this vehicle in the middle of the night.
Nick Tomkavage (@TheReservoir132) November 19, 2012
T drivers are apparently trained to spot differences between blind people and those who are just faking their blindness.
Vernon (@jaayG7_) November 19, 2012
There’s only one way to explain the MBTA actually running its trains on time: Magic.
The T is running so efficiently today. What is this sorcery?! So pleased. #mbta—
Mandi Hinrichs (@mandi_hinrichs) November 20, 2012
The real home of the MBTA isn’t Boston, but outer space.
There was a man playing an acoustic rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" at the Park Street #MBTA stop today. Feels good to be home.—
Nick Klein (@_nklein) November 21, 2012
If you time it perfectly, you can completely out-walk a bus on its route.
Kedzie Teller (@Kedz) November 25, 2012
Listening to music on the T makes all the stops just blend together.
Headphones make commuting so much better...IF you pay attention to the stops. #MBTA—
Jini McClelland (@swtrgrl) November 19, 2012
The MBTA has a dedicated sabotage squad for every commuter, designed to make them as late as possible.
Everytime I decide to take the train in to work, some sort of malfunction happens and causes me to arrive late to work. WHY #mbta—
Ryham Saleh (@ReeDoll) November 19, 2012
The Orange Line will stop at nothing to ensure every car is spotless.
The Orange Line is seriously standing by "due to a coffee spill that needs to be cleaned up." #MBTA—
(@susie) November 19, 2012
It’s not exhaust fogging up the T…Every underground station pumps in a “complacency gas” to make you less upset with your rides.
The train exhaust that fills Back Bay Station cannot be healthy #mbta—
Michael Virginio (@MikeVirginio) November 20, 2012
For many people, Hell is an MBTA train that never arrives on time, has any open seats, or functions properly.
Riding the #mbta B Line is a fate worse than hell.—
Michael J DeMeo (@michaeljdemeo) November 20, 2012
MBTA trains never break…They just double as saunas.
The amount of sweat I'm pumping out of me, you'd think I sprinted home...nope just a broken #mbta train car blasting heat—
Liam Feldstein (@feldough) November 20, 2012
What did you learn from the MBTA this past week? Share your stories in the comments section below.