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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Bruins buzz kill?

Will the MBTA and its commuter rail operation be the ultimate Bruins parade buzz kill? Early reports suggest GM Rich Davey is gonna have some 'splaining to do.

Trains are jammed, streets are packed and tempers are already getting short. The decision to put the parade on a weekend -- to boost attendance -- should not been questioned. After all, there was a ready made crowd intown Friday.

But the surest way to darken the entire mood -- a commuting nightmare -- already appears to be underway, two hours before the first duck boat rolls.

Me? I'm walking.

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4 Comments:

Blogger John Mc said...

So the Mass Liberal is advocating we should have spent a lot of tax dollars on MBTA overtime to run more trains?

June 18, 2011 11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Globe had stories about major commuter rail problems. I speculate that the MBTA cannot handle this many passengers, even during the week. Therefore, maybe for the next victory parade(!) the powers that be should say "We now know that the MBTA can't handle a crowd this big. Therefore, you should consider driving in." Personally, I'm glad they moved it to Saturday since I work in Boston and didn't have to deal with the crowds. Another alternative would be to not have it at all, since it is expensive (funny how Boston comes up with the money for these parades).

June 18, 2011 11:33 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

John Mc -- So they could have enough people to collect the fares that people pay for the service? That's easy.

June 19, 2011 6:06 AM  
Anonymous brian said...

The MBTA had very poor planning. They did add more trains, but they needed even more. And they should have staggered the beginning stations. At the very least, they should of had the trains running on a faster schedule.

June 19, 2011 10:07 AM  

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