Just read Train Stopping everyday, okay?

I have to say, I’ve wanted to link to Train Stopping just about every day this week. While they are having an absolutely horrific time commuting into Boston every day, they have been knocking it out of the park when it comes to discussing and documenting it.

Late trains! Canceled trains! Double parking fees, conductors who don’t even bother to collect tickets, the fear of job loss from inconsistent transportation!

And even if you don’t take the commuter rail, today they’re discussing the proposed toll hikes on the Mass Pike.

I’m sure we’re not the only ones who decided a nearby T station and Mass Pike exit were pluses for when we moved to Grafton. Now I’m wondering, if my job search ends in Boston, am I going to be able to get there with my wallet and sanity intact?

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One thought on “Just read Train Stopping everyday, okay?

  1. Boy, oh, boy, do Train Rider and I wish you were still writing for a local paper. Maybe you would be the reporter who could verify if fees collected at the local MBTA commuter rail stations actually make it into the State’s coffers and not someone’s pocket? Did I say “audit,” – no I didn’t, but a Train Stopping reader did.

    The latter half of 2008 has been an unfortunate convergence of events. It is hoped that, when we come out on the other side, we’re all better having gone through these experiences.

    Yes, towns do have a lot on their plates. While they’ve benefited from having a commuter rail station or access to the Pike, they really haven’t had to get involved in the larger transportation issues (outside of, say, Highway Dept revenue/reimbursements).

    Since so many area residents are dependent on the commuter rail, it would be good to see towns get engaged in this discussion to try to improve the commuter rail experience. Public transportation, mass transit, and our transportation infrastructure are important components to our lives.

    Thanks for the shout out!

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