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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Globe discovers the T

Good golly Miss Molly. The paper of record has discovered the MBTA doesn't work too well.

Not only does the Globe recount the tales of leaky subways stations, it also discovered the "intermittent disruptions of service" that afflict the $192 million CharlieCard system when passengers wanted to do unusual things like purchase fares.

While there's been a lot of discussion here and elsewhere about the mess known as our public transit system and the failure of Smilin' Dan Grabauskas to do anything about it, the Globe has been rather silent.

And there is still a little to much equanimity toward statements from T officials like Joe Pesaturo that they are working to improve a system that has glitches every day, not just the first of the month.

How about fare boxes on buses and trolleys that are broken? Or a fare system that requires outbound Green Line passengers to pay for their ride -- but doesn't have an efficient or effective way to do it?

As for the leaks, I'm not ready to accept Pesaturo's throwaway line that subways stations are like your basement that also leak. Or that there's nothing to worry about in terms of long-range structural damage.

Isn't that why Bechtel Parsons/Brinckerhoff is paying out $458 million to fix leaks and avoid long-term damage?

What about it, Smilin' Dan?

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Blogger Bill said...

What? They stopped their coverage of bored millionaires going into cheese-making to remember those of us who take public transportation?

Must have been a slow news day.

February 02, 2008 1:59 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Check out today's installment about "As the Globe Turns."

February 03, 2008 10:25 AM  

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