Tuesday, February 16, 2016

This is the end my friend. Let's pour one out for the late night MBTA service.

It looks like we should start saying our final goodbyes to late night T service in Boston. According to the Boston Globe, beginning March 19th drivers no longer have to pick up shifts after 12:30 a.m.

Although the fiscal board has indicated axing the late night T service, the MBTA has yet to make the official announcement.

As someone who uses the late night T service I'm disappointed that the fiscal board couldn't find someway to save it. There's nothing worse than the mad rush to pay your tab at the bar so you can run to the train by midnight before the T turns into a very immobile pumpkin. You might even lose a heel in a cobblestone sidewalk in the process.

I feel like the MBTA powers that be didn't really attempt to come up with a solution. I would gladly pay a higher fare after 12:30. How can we compare ourselves to New York City or London when our public transit system closes well before restaurants and bars do? And yet we are consistently asked to shell out more money to pay for a system that can't handle weather and closes early.

Last week I read an article that had me fuming. MBTA drivers are getting paid to stay at home. Part of the problem is the dated system for picking drivers for shifts. They use a pencil and paper system rather then an electronic system. The T's Chief Administrator has admitted that the MBTA could "manage things better".

Well, at least he's honest.

I don't have much faith that the MBTA will fix it's fiscal troubles. For as long as I can remember the MBTA has been in the red. It's really a shame that we're losing the last night T service because of it.

I'm sure Uber drivers will be making bank though.

1 comment:

  1. They're using a pen and paper system? WHAT YEAR IS THIS. Outrageous!