Monday, December 1, 2008

Train Stopping in Boston Globe Magazine

Good morning. Can you believe it is December already? I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. I did. I took Friday off but I'm back on the rails today.

The P508 was fine this rainy morning. We arrived at South Station around 8:27 a.m. Today is going to be one of those wacky weather days - rain and sun. I'm glad this morning's commute was drama free. The trips home on Wednesday afternoon were not so simple. Check out a response posted by Anonymous about the P517 train.

Yesterday, Commute-a-holic and I had a thrill when we read our Sunday Boston Globe Magazine. Train Stopping was listed as one fo the best local blogs in the Boston-area. Woo-hoo. Sixty-four blogs in total were profiled. This is a fun thrill for us.

Over the weekend The Barnstable Patriot published an article about a train running from Cape Cod to the MBTA Lakeville/Middleborough train station. This was a special dinner train, but there are plans to file for permission to run the train as a commuting option.

Meanwhile, in today's The Sun Chronicle, an op-ed about preventing suicide on the train tracks.


Anonymous said...

I was on the P517 Wednesday as well, and it truly was a debacle all around.

I was in the rear car which was pretty close to full when we left South Station. When we got to Back Bay the aisle filled up fairly quickly, but a handful of people (maybe 5-10) stood in the aisle near the middle of the train and simply refused to move towards the back. After maybe 10 minutes some people went around them and started to fill in the empty space towards the back, but other people couldnt be bothered to move towards the back. Obviously some people were getting off within the first couple stops, so I completely understand why they wouldnt want to move all the way back for fear of not being able to get off at their stop. But after a couple announcements that the train wouldnt be leaving until room was made for the remaining passengers, people still wouldnt move back. Finally some of us started telling people to move back so we could leave and they finally got the picture.

So while a lot of people were blaming the conductors for overfilling the coaches (I dont know what the legal capacity of a single-decker train is, but we had to be over it by a couple dozen) a lot of the blame falls on ourselves, too, for not going out of our way just a little to help others out.

Christina Davis said...

Congratulations on making it onto the Globe's list. That's great!

Commute-a-holic said...

Christina -

Thank you! Hopefully more Central Mass/MetroWest blogs will make similar lists.

We are pretty pleased with be included.


susan said...

Congrats on the Globe shout-out! You're an inspiration to the rest of us local bloggers.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the recognition.

Coming at you live and direct from the P523 [or whatever silly number they give the 17:00 worcester 'express']. Just wanted to report another no-fare ride, which is especially sad since the 16:0-mumble to FRM was cancelled.

Balancing budgets must be something other people do...