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Beware the Rides of March, or, A Germaphobe’s Guide to the MBTA

I was reading an article called A Germaphobe's Guide to Buying a MetroCard, which actually turned out to be a lot more about usability than germs, but it inspired me to think about how one might ride the MBTA with a minimum of infection opportunities. As the estimable Aaron Reiss wrote, For a germaphobe of…
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Why can’t you buy a fare card on the train platform?

Usually on the first (business) day of any given month, there's a terrible line at the charlie card machine. I guess many people don't know you can buy next month's T pass about halfway through the current month. But I'm not here to shame procrastinators, I'm here to ask a weird dumb question about public…
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MisseT Connections

It's hard to impose order on systems that grow organically, like world-class cities. It's also hard to create a coherent public transit system in an imperfect society. That said, there are three seemingly small gaps in the Boston public transit system that continue to baffle and confound: Why is it so hard to get from…
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Assembling the price of a happy city

How long does it take to go from one of Boston's newest hip neighborhoods, the Innovation District, to one of Somerville's even newer, actually not quite finished, ones, Assembly Row by public transit? During evening rush hour on a weekday, this trip of about 4.5 road miles took me almost an hour as I traversed the…
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Man bites Trolley

Well, not exactly, but in the old saying about man bites dog being news, last Friday the estimable RunKeeper team put on a PR stunt / stupid human trick / arch critique of Boston public transit in which some guys raced a Green line trolley for four miles or so. Spoiler alert: the B line…
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Mysterious politeness on the orange line, solved

Lately I've noticed more and more people on the platform doing the "oh no, you go first" thing and selflessly standing by and letting others board the train first. I've even witnessed two or more such chivalrous folks come close to an unchivalrous argument about who should go last. That's when it dawned on me, this…
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When a bus stop stops being a bus stop

You may remember back in June when I reported that the MBTA was eliminating a couple of stops on the number 1 bus line, I wondered what would happen to the space freed up. Well, I've been watching those stops and seen no changes. Still no parking, still marked off, still signed as bus stops.…
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