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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

"The B Line isn't running"

Oh yeah?

You can add the MBTA messing up in a storm to death and taxes as the only sure things in life.

Trying to get down the staircase on the inbound side at Kenmore proved a challenge with about 30 people trying to cram in. That should have been my first clue. The second should have been when the "ambassador" opened a gate for a handful of people to enter without swiping, tapping or feeding.

But still smarting from my rejection the other night, I was a good doobie and paid my fare and trudged downstairs to the outbound B Line. No one there except a few more "ambassadors," one of whom informed me "The B Line isn't running."

Back upstairs out to the sidewalk again to take the "shuttle" or better yet the 57 bus. Wise move taking the 57 because the "shuttle" didn't bother stopping at Kenmore.

All aboard (free of charge). And imagine my surprise when the bus gets to Blandford Street and there are not one but two outbound B Line trains. We charge up Comm. Ave., eventually three sardine-filled buses filling all three lanes with the trains (you know the line that was "not running") down the middle of the street.

Off the bus into the deepest puddle yet, back up onto the sidewalk and back into the same puddle to cross Comm. Ave. (OK, the puddles aren't there fault -- not pulling up to the curb however...) How much in lost fares?

Can you top that? Somehow I suspect someone can.



Blogger Steve said...

B line ran fine for me wedensday. what time where you taking it?

February 15, 2007 10:31 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

About 3:30-4. I read that there were power line problems that took the line down for awhile. What was more troublesome is no one bothered to tell you about those problems before you paid your fare and went downstairs -- or that the problem had been fixed.

February 15, 2007 7:55 PM  

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