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.
(@BostonTPeople) November 28, 2012
You should always make a wish and remember exactly where you were when this happens:
Miracle on the MBTA this morning - I was totally alone on a blue line car for two stops. Sweet! http://t.co/H2fb1In2—
Dawne Thorne (@dawnethorne) November 27, 2012
If the MBTA is on time, it’s late. If it’s late, it’s business as usual.
Joe Sinkevich (@TheRealJoeSink) November 26, 2012
just when you think you're making good time the mbta happens.—
TMRJ (@tatianamrj) November 26, 2012
MBTA needs to get itself together... Running a single train on the whole D line at rush hour??? #nobrain—
Katie Hubbard (@kathubs) November 27, 2012
@mbta why is there a 10 minute line to get a Charlie card right now at downtown crossing? Should be a 1 sec process—
Bob P (@phenorage) November 27, 2012
How you know it is winter in Boston: multiple disabled trains, signal problems and switch problems daily on the #MBTA—
Paul Chicarello (@rumdawgg) November 27, 2012
A ride on certain T lines allow riders enough time to get in a nice nap.
One of my fellow #MBTA passengers is sporting a neck pillow, sleep mask, and ear plugs. I wonder where they think this train is going?—
Jason Parent (@JJParent) November 26, 2012
“Most Annoying Toddler” is one of the most hotly contested awards on the MBTA week-in and week-out.
Gotta salute the toddler having an absolute fit on the T right now. His bellows coming right from the diaphragm. Nice form. #MBTA—
Amy Derjue (@derjue) November 27, 2012
The MBTA is underrated as a poor man’s sauna.
The MBTA: If it's hot out, you sweat. If it's cold out, you sweat. You always sweat.—
Corey Pontes (@CTPontes) November 27, 2012
We’re still waiting to find out what exactly all those MBTA workers do…
Time for #MBTA workers to stand around and have conversations, I guess. But, if you have tools, it looks like you're working.—
Peter Krowiak (@peterkrowiak) November 28, 2012
The MBTA is not above using duct tape like the rest of us.
(@BostonTweet) November 29, 2012
The T’s strategy for waking up early morning riders typically involves smells.
Jen (@jennsanford) November 29, 2012
Why did my #MBTA train just smell like pee. That's a great way to start the day—
Joshua DeStefano (@JoshuaDeStefano) November 27, 2012
It may only be a matter of time before the T needs to start handing out protective headwear to passengers…
I can't want to take the green line tonight, where's my helmet? #mbta—
Matt Cool (@MatthewCool) November 29, 2012
Sometimes the kids are the smartest ones on the T…
Michal Skrzypek (@limegroove) December 01, 2012
See also: More things we’ve learned from the MBTA