Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com
These riders waited peacefully for the Blue Line train.
By Jeremy C. Fox, Town Correspondent
[View the story "Rough days on the MBTA" on Storify]Rough days on the MBTAStorified by Jeremy C. Fox· Fri, Mar 15 2013 15:12:31People joke a lot about the frustrations and perils of the MBTA -- that's one of the major reasons this page exists.But sometimes a situation gets serious, and there is real danger to think about. The past few weeks have seen a shooting at a bus stop, a bus driver attacked by a mob of young people, another bus driver spat upon when he asked a woman to leave because she had not paid her fare, and a person trapped under an Orange Line train. No one expects a commute on public transit to be a limo ride with champagne and caviar, but neither passengers nor drivers should have to worry about their safety when they step onto a bus or train. This week's first #MBTAannoy tweet had these issues in mind:This is beyond #mbtaannoy. Armed robberies, bus confrontations, even a bus murder. And yes, all south and east of the Orange Line. #mbtawhy?Jules WangWhile Jules was concerned about those issues, many of this week's tweeters were focused on the more common concerns of long waits, often caused by questionable planning: Two C trains, three D (2 with three cars), and one B. Guess which one I needed and which one was so packed I couldn't fit on? #MBTAannoyKyle W. KerrOne car train on the B line at 6pm?! ONE? Seriously #MBTAannoy 'd right now. Come on, @mbtaGM! You guys aren't this dumb...Kyle W. KerrStopped South of Park in packed train last in a 5 train pack I hate the Red Line #mbtaannoy #mbtarev805621 minutes between Braintree trains in peak rush hour Well done again @mbtaGM #mbta #mbtaannoyrev8056On the positive side been sitting here so long now we first of 4 train pack #mbtabrag #mbtarev8056I posit that by schedule adjustment the mbta means let's sit here in the middle of rush hour and see how many people squeeze on #mbtaannoycharlene mcbride@mbtagm thx for canceling my train and doubling my commute home. So glad I am paying over $200/month for this service. #sarcasm #mbtaannoyMichelle.@mbtaGM Why are trains running 15 minutes apart? It's rush hour! #mbta #mbtaannoy #redlineSabrinaTheWiseLatina8 minutes between trains on the orange line. How is this rush hour? #MBTAannoyKneeAnalogueStuck on orange line between Wellington & Sullivan. We might be stuck until they finish the useless Assembly Sq station. #MBTAannoyPeter Winson@mbtaGM you would think 45 minutes to go 7 stops on the orange line would be plenty of time. I guess not. #mbtaannoyJennifer O'NeilThank @mbtaGM late for a job interview and I left 20 minutes earlier than I needed to leave. Great job. #mbtaannoyJennifer O'NeilI'm never checking a bus schedule again. #bookoflies #mbtaannoy @mbtaGMChelsea Bathurst5 days in a row with red line delays. Well done #mbta #MBTAannoyRhiannon GorhamBut even the longest wait and the slowest train are better than being abandoned entirely:It's really cool of the 4 to blow off its last Tide St pickup of the day and completely throw a wrench into my dinner plans #mbtaannoy #mbtaJess InfanteAt least one commuter managed not to face any of these issues: Gorgeous sunny Monday! No #MBTA problems today either! #Boston #MBTAbrag #MBTAmiracleRed Line CommuterKyle and Melinda, meanwhile, were distracted by malfunctioning equipment:Heater on this bus in blowing at full blast. Gonna need another shower by the time I get to work. #melting #MBTAannoyKyle W. KerrThe ‘doors closing’ tone has been playing random versions of itself throughout this entire #OrangeLine ride. #MBTAannoyMelindaOther passengers were faced with human behavior that was less frightening than gunfire or assault, but still pretty annoying: Dear couple licking each other on the red line. #GetARoom #MBTAannoyRachel Heaton (Ryan)#FFS it's rush hour! Step ALL the way into the train and don't spread yourself out when someone vacates a seat. #mbta #mbtaannoyBurple YakStepped off the train to let people off. Train filled up. Now I'm waiting for the next one. #MBTAannoyLindsay5:53 am and plenty of seats and you have to cram yourself next to me! #MBTAannoy #Seriously #FMLRed Line Commuter#MBTAannoy The #MBTA is not your bathroom #keepitathome http://pic.twitter.com/4UbioyE9jALizWho are these ppl with their backpacks on wheels?! #pickitup #MBTA #MBTAannoyRed Line CommuterReally? Speakerphone on a crowded train?!? #mbtaannoy #wtfKrista Marie5:55 from N Station to Beverly. Guy next to me = on his phone. SPEAKER phone. Really? #MBTAannoyLesetchkaApparently using speakerphone on a crowded train is a thing now. But while some abuse technology, others find charming ways to combine it with tradition. The Implementation of the Technology Modernized Freedom Trail has begun. Plymouth Plantation's begins soon. #mbtabrag http://pic.twitter.com/BfgDoobICgJules WangThough some riders drove their fellow passengers crazy this week, other people on the T got rave reviews, like this Transit Police officer: A transit cop ON the subway? First time ever in over 28 years. Do it more. #MBTABRAGDoug HorneAnd this conductor: @mbtaGM #mbtabrag The announcer for Orane line car 01254 is awesome. Give that man a raise for making the commute a little nicer.Neenah Estrella-LunaAnd these buskers: Nice 2 hear string duet version of @BrunoMars #lockedoutofheaven at DTX orange line this morning. Refreshing start 2 a tired day! #mbtaBragJohn GriffinAnd the cadre of people who brightened Jules' Wednesday commute: I'm such a forgetful man. Lost groceries while compacting my profile.Fortunately, #mbtabrag employees of the Blue Line, I thank thee.Jules Wang#mbtabrag also that they're able to do this at rush hour. Also, to this accordion guy at Bowdoin. Keep on playing.Jules WangEven a dog brought some joy to Teesh: Who brings their beautiful Weimeraner on the E at 6 in the mornin? This is a first...#mbtabragTeeshIs a stately spaniel brightening your day? Don't forget to tweet about it using #MBTAbrag. If you see any violence on your bus or train, don't waste your time tweeting -- get to a safe place and use your phone to call 911. But if your fellow passengers only make you wish you could get violent, tweet about it using #MBTAannoy.
Storified by Jeremy C. Fox· Fri, Mar 15 2013 15:12:31
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