Category Archives: transportation

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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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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It's wicked hahd to pahk your cah

I should have known it would not be long. Just last month I posted about the battle between the city of San Francisco and the app Monkey Parking, and now the kerfuffle has come East as Universal Hub reported today that Boston mayor Walsh is squaring off against Haystack, a parking space marketplace app not unlike Monkey…
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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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Now whose back is the parking monkey on?

What's interesting to me is that Monkey Parking has put a real number to how underpriced metered parking is, even in San Francisco where meters can cost as much as $6 per hour in some areas at some times. When you choose to drive around in circles looking for a parking space instead of just pulling into a paid lot or garage, you're valuing your time, fuel, and wear and tear on your car lower than the difference between parking meter and parking garage prices.

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Dude, where's my air filter?

Not that long ago, I noticed a not-so-fresh quality to the air inside my car. I couldn't find any particular source of unfreshness and figured maybe it was time to replace the cabin air filter. I've had this car about nine years and I don't remember ever having the cabin air filter replaced. You'd think…
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