11 Things We Learned From the MBTA Last Week

Matt Dolloff / 100.7 WZLX

In a 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.

The MBTA had a bit of a rough week since we last met. A Green Line train, apparently driven by a conductor who was due to receive a safety award, crashed into another trolley at Boylston station which injured 36 people and shut the stop down for a couple hours. We questioned whether the accident could have been avoided, even after seeing the video footage.

That was not the only time last week that an entire station shut it down. A technical error at the Kendall Square Red Line station caused a brief power outage that affected thousands of Cambridge residents.

Of course, that’s still not all we learned about the MBTA last week. We already knew it was prone to major malfunctions, but how about these many other gems brought to us by T riders on Twitter?

There is only one right way to make sure you command the most feet room possible while standing on the T.

You should always make a wish and remember exactly where you were when this happens:

If the MBTA is on time, it’s late. If it’s late, it’s business as usual.

A ride on certain T lines allow riders enough time to get in a nice nap.

“Most Annoying Toddler” is one of the most hotly contested awards on the MBTA week-in and week-out.

The MBTA is underrated as a poor man’s sauna.

We’re still waiting to find out what exactly all those MBTA workers do…

The MBTA is not above using duct tape like the rest of us.

The T’s strategy for waking up early morning riders typically involves smells.

It may only be a matter of time before the T needs to start handing out protective headwear to passengers…

Sometimes the kids are the smartest ones on the T…

See also: More things we’ve learned from the MBTA


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