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.
Always an endless source of frustration, the MBTA somehow outdid itself last week.
With temperatures hovering around zero and wind chills dipping below, the Green Line managed to somehow catch fire at the Arlington T stop, shutting down service on the entire Green Line. So people who were in the middle of miserable commutes to begin with then had to brave the frigid outdoors due to the T’s own faulty machinery.
Here’s some more tidbits we “learned” about the T last week.
The T typically waits for the worst days of the year to stop working.
Erika Gordon (@erikagord) January 23, 2013
The MBTA typically likes to make their cars as crowded as possible.
Dear #MBTA, maybe having a one car train during rush hour isn't the best idea?—
Katie Gardner (@Gardner_Katie) January 21, 2013
Despite being in service for nearly 50 winters in Boston, the T still hasn’t gotten used to this whole “cold weather” thing.
Reminder #mbta this is not Florida it never has been. Cold is NOT a surprise. Stop using it as an excuse. Too cold to wait on platform for u—
Jennifer Brown (@jbro0902) January 23, 2013
Nick Miles (@milesie5) January 23, 2013
Anyone else concerned that the #MBTA cannot function properly in cold weather?—
Ashley Simmons (@asimmons12) January 24, 2013
Sarah (@sarahm603) January 22, 2013
The T often malfunctions for no reason at all, let alone for any reason…
Attention passengers, the red line is experiencing delays because of reasons. #MBTA—
Annie (@annielkozak) January 21, 2013
Trains operating with delays and malfunctions is the new “normal…”
It doesn't make me feel any more confident in my commute when the MBTA "resumes normal service". #normalsuckstoohomey—
Katy Kinnas (@kmkins) January 24, 2013
…But sometimes the T outperforms all expectations and operates like any other regular public transportation service.
A bus came early, let people on and is waiting until its on time to leave? This can’t be the MBTA.—
Mike Splain (@mikesplain) January 26, 2013
The T has friends in high places…That’s how they get away with so much shenanigans.
Getting bullied by MBTA parking. Put $5 in a slot and got a ticket anyway. Appeal was rejected outright. Lawyer friends? @mbtaGM?—
Adam Fraser (@afaceinacloud) January 21, 2013
We now know why so many people dislike Boston…It’s the T!
Consistently amazed by the poor service and rude T drivers. My one main complaint about the city I love. #mbta—
nerdy cat lady (@NerdyCatLady) January 22, 2013
See also: More Things We’ve Learned From The MBTA