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MBTA Delays, Crazy Drivers, Whats A Snowbound Bostonian To Do?

The MBTA is experiencing snow-related delays.

The MBTA is experiencing snow-related delays.

Stay home. That’s what Governor Deval Patrick is encouraging all non-essential workers to do today. The blizzard is still coming down, despite my fears last night that it might not snow at all. The snow is almost waist deep in front of my house. When I got up this morning my little residential street had not even been plowed yet. I think. It’s sort of hard to make out the street in the sea of white.

For those of you unfortunate enough to have to go to work in the Boston area today, the T is an option. A slow one, filled with delays and partial closings. The Green line in particular is experiencing delays.  Check your route carefully before venturing out.

If you do take the T, you will, as usual, be taking your life in your hands.

My friends around here like to joke that a vehicular homicide conviction must be a prerequisite for a job as an MBTA bus driver. A bus driver just recently lost it and took a group of students on a wild ride. Most bus rides don’t end quite so badly, but woe betide the cyclist who gets caught in a bus’ wake. Even in perfect weather, dodging the buses on foot or bike can feel like an extreme sport. In this snow, I’m staying in.

It’s not that I don’t love buses. I do. But when Dana posted about that bus driver “going postal”, I wasn’t surprised. I’ve been on a bus, and been nearly run down by more than I can count. The bus system here in Boston would really benefit from better screening and training for their drivers. Not only would that make life safer for those on the buses, it’d protect the rest of us when we’re out on our bikes or on foot.

What’s the public transit like in your hometown? Is it holding up to the weather, or getting shut down by this big storm? Do the bus drivers scare you, or are they a welcome sight?

Photo: Molly Tomlinson

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