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.

Holiday travel is upon us once again, which means many Mass. residents will be hopping on the MBTA to take the bus, train and commuter rail home en masse to meet their families. In many cases, they will be taking the T with reluctance but taking it out of necessity.

The MBTA had a relatively quiet week, compared to the previous seven days that included the accident at Boylston that injured dozens of riders and got a driver fired.

Nothing nearly as bad happened on the T last week, and there are even new arrival displays installed at North Station and other Orange Line stops to tell you when trains are arriving – that is, if there are no delays…Which always happen.

Here are a bunch of things we know about the MBTA that we may not have realized seven days ago.

MBTA trains sometimes act as a temporary time travel portal.

Elves are always a festive addition to any MBTA ride, drunk or otherwise.

If you ride the T enough, you’ll catch a glimpse of Ol’ Saint Nick.

It’s very time-efficient for some to use the MBTA for workout time, rather than just standing there.

The MBTA’s budget had to make room for those fancy digital signs somewhere…

Timing your trek to the bus stop is a risky proposition. Every second matters.

That guy using his laptop on the T has ulterior motives you never thought about.

The MBTA only has perfect timing at the most inopportune moments.

MBTA trains sometimes operate vicariously through hung-over people, which would actually explain a lot.

The MBTA excels at using their buses in the least efficient ways possible.

There is no boundary for musical instruments on the T. None whatsoever.

See also: More Things We Learned From the MBTA


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