Looks Like New, Pricier MBTA Will Likely Be Just as Crummy as Old, Cheaper MBTA

An MBTA Green Line train pulls into Lechmere Station in Cambridge.
An MBTA Green Line train pulls into Lechmere Station in Cambridge. –Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

You may have heard that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation approved a fare hike for the MBTA on Wednesday. You may have also heard that the hikes came during a not-so-good stretch for Boston’s public transportation system.

Well, the Green Line helped keep the not-so-good times rolling with two incidents this morning that left commuters shaking their heads. First, the power at Fenway Station couldn’t sufficiently power the trains, forcing passengers onto buses.

The issue only lasted 40 minutes and trains resumed service with moderate delays.

After that, it was quiet for two hours. But at around 8 a.m., a car struck an Green Line trolley, causing even more delays.


While that isn’t the MBTA’s fault and the crash was cleared relatively quickly (in just one hour), when service resumed there were still “significant delays.’’

To be fair, those two incidents aren’t the worst things MBTA customers have seen. In fact, they’re far from it. But this is more about timing than severity.

In the same week, the MBTA ruined the morning commute for thousands of Red Line riders, provided mild frustration to Green Line riders, and decided that it would be a good time to tell everyone that they’ll be paying more for the wonderful service they’ve been experiencing.

We all know things could probably be a lot worse when it comes to public transportation in Boston, but come on, MBTA. Most of us are just starting to accept that prices will go up on July 1, and the T couldn’t make it 48 hours without another series of delays. There’s no denying that we’ll all keep riding the T regardless of the service or how much it costs, but it would be nice to know we’re getting something for our money.

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