Here's another installment in our ongoing "Battle of the Mass Transit Systems."
This impression of Boston's T comes from Liz and was originally posted on her blog, Life as a List.
As with our write ups of BART and the CTA, we make a caveat that it's really impossible to gauge the true character of a transit system without regular commuting. After all, many tourists come away from DC thinking the Metro is a modern miracle.
Here's Liz's take on Boston's "T."
- You can move from car to car--anyone, not just employees, and there are no doors. The train is like a giant caterpillar.
- No warning lights on the train platforms.
- Food and drink are allowed on the trains, and at some stops/stations, there are snack shops right next to the tracks. Possibly, as a result, the trains were much dirtier than those in DC. But there were also signs on the trains that said "your tax dollars pay to clean this train so please throw away your trash." Am I the only one who finds that ironic?
- The stations are ugly and have no character.
- The interiors of the cars themselves are ugly, much worse than DC (believe it or not). The seats and floors totally clash, and the seats are ugly and uncomfortable.
- Everything about the T was less accessible for people with disabilities:
- There was no clearly marked priority seating on the trains.
- The stations were not clearly marked as to where elevators were located.
- The cars themselves were less accessible.
- I thought the passengers were more rude than those in DC; well maybe not more rude, but dumber ... there is no etiquette for getting on/ off the trains i.e. people on the platform don't wait at all for people to exit before bombarding the train.
- On escalators they stand on the left AND right.
- You have to swipe your card to get into the station like Metro, but you don't to leave.
- Regardless of your destination, all rides cost the same on the T. What a ripoff, or bargain.
- The equivalent of the SmarTrip cards are free!
- I like Metro's Web site more than the T's.
perel42 Sigh. In Boston, on the T. #MBTA used to remind me how awesome #WMATA was. Now they're pretty much the same, and the T sure hasn't improved.
Other transit battles:
Examiner story on fired texter
Take the WMATA budget survey