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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Can you hear me now -- MBTA-style

Glad to see Noah Bierman is actually talking to MBTA riders and non-transit agency types to produce a front page story on Dan Grabauskas that is far less rosy than his previous efforts.

While the sympathy is still clearly there, this is one of Bierman's first efforts to take a look at the system through the eyes of regular users -- and experts (and who can doubt that Michael Dukakis the the No. 1 expert on public transit around here).

The messy stations (have you seen what the outdoor trash heaps, er, platforms look like along Commonwealth Avenue?), the endless construction, the non-existent schedules and the nasty employees strike me as no different than when Smilin' Dan took over.

Of course, I only use the Green Line and only when the weather sucks. But when you consider I have a payroll-deducted CharlieCard -- and pay the full freight every month whether I use it or not -- I think that also speaks volumes.

Hey Noah, how about checking out the blogosphere too. There appears to be a lot of comment out here -- good and bad -- on the effectiveness of the Smilin' One.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, what makes him a good reporter is the fact he does not spend lots of time reading uneducated opinions and rants in the blogosphere

August 26, 2008 1:12 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Does that apply to anonymous commenters to blogs too? :-)

If riding the system for many years, observing first-hand, makes me uneducated, so be it.

August 26, 2008 6:43 PM  

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