The ghost MBTA Commuter Train from Framingham
At some point today on the 8:30 commuter rail out of Framingham, the conductor came on the PA system saying it was the 8:30 local to Boston, and he had no idea what happened to the 8:15 express.
This was after a few newcomers shivered on the platform today trying to figure out the train system. A train, the one we eventually rode in on, pulled into the station from Boston and was parked on the other side of the tracks. That was the 8:30. The 8:15 was late (and, subsequently we learned off the map) so even though the 8:30 had been sitting there for a few minutes, when the conductors yelled to get aboard, lots of commuters had to scamper up the stairs and over the walkway, including a woman who was going into Boston for an appointment with her cardiologist.
Also, today was another morning, which I've stopped counting, when the conductors didn't collect the fares in our car. It does kind of piss me off, though, when I just forked over another $210.00 for January's pass. Why do I have to pay and other's don't? Oh well, that's just the logic of the MBTA. Get used to it.