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Spring is in the muggy, fetid air on the MBTA

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  May 3, 2013 03:24 PM

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The setting sun shone down as an outbound Orange Line train approached Roxbury Crossing.

Spring is in the muggy, fetid air on the MBTA

Storified by Jeremy C. Fox· Fri, May 03 2013 12:32:56

As April turned into May this week, the weather finally turned warm and sunny, which can only mean one thing: five months of overheated buses, subways, and stations on the MBTA.

Like the first songbirds of spring, already a few commuters have begun to complain about the moving saunas ferrying them home from work:
@mbtagm seriously, it's 65 degrees out and the heat is on on the commuter rail? So brutal. #mbtaannoyMichelle
Should of had a really big drink before starting this commute! #hot #overcrowded #mbtaannoyRed Line Commuter
But don't people always say that it's not just the heat that gets you? With warmer weather come many changes, including a wider array of aromas:
It smells like warm stale subway on this tube where's Febreze when u need it #mbtaannoyTeesh
As the city heats up, everything seems to move just a little bit more slowly, even things you thought couldn't get any slower:
After half an hour of waiting... "The next red line train to braintree does not take passengers..." Passes empty #mbtaannoySweetadelinevt
@mbtaGM If the B stands by at Park for a schedule adjustment EVERY MORNING, shouldn't you just permanently shift the schedule? #MBTAannoyChristopher
The red line made it a whole 8 hours into May before their first major delay! Good job guys! @mbtagm #mbtaannoyMike Tremblay
Also, one of these days, my bus will arrive. #MBTAannoyKathryn Kinzel
. @mbtaGM did you change the orange line schedule? What about the oak grove construction? No notification? WTF! #mbtaannoy #fail #latePatrick Mattson
"We are experiencing delays blahblahblah..." #mbtaannoy @mbtaGMSammy Gorin
You weren't in any hurry were you? Let's hope not, because there's no room for you:
Red line inbound full at N Quincy station. 7-9 minute headway clearly not enough @mbtaGM #mbtaannoyMike Tremblay
At least a few riders lucked out:
Brand new double decker trains for the ride home #winning #mbtabragNatalie Leveille
Thought I was going to be super late but the heavens opened and sent me an on time train right as I was coming up the escalator. #mbtabragRhiannon Gorham
BREAKING NEWS: the 70A is running on time! #mbta #MBTAbragerod
But many weren't so fortunate, and some are too jaded to believe the MBTA's reassurances:
"There's another train right behind me" - best mbta green line lie. Drivera never get tired of saying it. @mbtaGM #mbtaannoyD
In these days of tracking apps why do they continue to say another train is right behind? #mbta #mbtaannoyrev8056
These next few tweets, all posted less than an hour after the one above, may show why the mysterious Twitter user known only as rev8056 has become so jaded:
So @mbtaGM how many 43 yo trains disabled today? 3-4 so far and nothing ordered to replace them #mbta #mbtaannoyrev8056
Parking @ Andrew & next train in Braintree Why? Another disabled of course! #mbta #mbtaannoyrev8056
@mbtaGM sounds like this train will drop the last car at any minute Maybe that would get the T to replace decrepit trains #mbta #mbtaannoyrev8056
Last train got to Braintree 20 mins ago so let's park @ Quincy Adams for a while Let me guess signal system broke again #mbta #mbtaannoyrev8056
Still parked @ Quincy Adams @ mbtaGM will trains actually be moving today? #mbta #mbtaannoyrev8056
This week Christina and Matt stood in the sunshine of their local bus stops, wondering just how they could get the drivers' attention:
@mbtaGM #mbtaannoy Had to chase down bus # 2178 due to him driving by me, saying bc I was looking at my phone. I was, bc he 10 mins lateChristina M. Smith
Once again - a #1 bus blows by mass ave and beacon without stopping bus #2210 this time. Getting very sick of this!!!!! #mbtaannoyD. Matt Brothers
Natalie opted for the Orange Line but was no happier with the level of service:
Another slow orange line driver #killingme #mbtaannoy #idonothaveallnightNatalie Leveille
At least Sonia found that she and her trolley conductor were on the same page:
My #greenline driver just sounded so annoyed that he had to stand by for a schedule adjustment. We're with you on that. #mbtaannoySonia Rose
And James got a driver who made his commute better, then had another good experience on the same bus line just three hours later:
Tobin traffic sucked but our 111 driver sped up after the tolls to make up for it! #mbtabrag #idontonlymentiongripesJames
Just used my weeky pass to board the 111 via the Rear Door for the first time. And I got a seat. #mbtabragJames
Kyle, though, had a bus ride that veered toward danger:
My bus & a train almost had a head-on collision at Packard's Corner. Don't know who had right of way... @universalhub @mbtaGM #MBTAannoyKyle W. Kerr
And several riders had complaints about broken or malfunctioning equipment:
@mbtaGM Any idea when countdown clocks will work at Harvard Station again? Going on 3+ weeks now of no arrival times. #mbtaannoy #mbtafailSteve
@annnndkim Ih was told my pass exp'd 28(Mar) & went all the way to DWTN Xg only to be told it was fine. #mbtaannoy @mbtagm @universalhubStateless Anima
Hey, @mbtaGM, how much extra cash are you making from people whose May passes didn't reload? #mbtaannoyKatie Hamill
Out of tunnel where you get 5 bars of 4 G & no available data how does the T connect Red Line to Internet ? Dial up? #mbta #mbtaannoyrev8056
What, are Daleks making announcements on the #MBTA now?!? I expected to hear "Destroy!!" on the PA system. #MBTAAnnoyKen Cuffee
Sean pointed out that some equipment just needs a little help:
The T @mbtagm really needs a door closing announcement like @wmata. Took six attempts for Red Line train to close doors. #mbtaannoySean Smyth
While several commuters said their fellow riders needed help with their manners:
Seriously considered asking for the autograph of the guy who thought he was too important to move out of the door. #MBTAannoyMBTA Rider
@RhiannonJulia: People that hug the poles, wear backpacks, have no sense of pers space should have their own train. #mbtaannoyRhiannon Gorham
There should be a sobriety check to ride the train during rush hour. #mbtaannoy.Sean Fahey
Dear Men on Public Transportation: Learn to put your knees together. #MBTAannoysnowgray
love when people stare at me on the T... not #MBTAannoyKyla McCabe-Corrow
At least some fellow passengers are amusing, or fun to be around, or thoughtful:
"The destination of this train is Riverside" // Child on train: "Ugh I HATE Riverside!" #mbtabragArthur Liu
Girl waiting for the bus with me actually told me to go first because she had cash and it would take her longer. #stunned #MBTAbragKyle W. Kerr
To the boy playing air guitar on the green line - I play a mean air bass. Let's jam. #MBTABragJessica Chahanovich
Young people jammin to a street musician at Govt Ctr. So much fun. #mbtabragNeenah Estrella-Luna
Got a compliment about my hair today on the T. Made my morning. We need more complimenting. #mbtabragNeenah Estrella-Luna
But no one was charming out Ellie or Mabel out of their frustration with unspecified issues:
Unreal commute this am. Thanks orange line. #mbtaannoyEllie Rounds
The T is really grinding my gears today #mbtaannoymabel
Are your gears getting ground by the MBTA? A tweet with the hashtag #MBTAannoy could be just the thing to grease those cogs and make you feel better. And the next time someone says, "Hey man, nice bangs," don't forget to #MBTAbrag about it.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com.
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