Monday, September 10, 2012
The front door jam
Riding the 57 bus, as I often do, I noticed that we easily caught up to a Green Line train that was travelling along the same road. The bus stopped at the light just at the right position to frame this picture, showing why the "B" line is so slow compared to the 57 which parallels it along Commonwealth Avenue. Riders were stuck while alighting from the train, attempting to push out at the same time that riders were boarding and attempting to pay their fare. It wasn't even that busy, but the front door was not designed to handle this kind of two-way access. Then the bus took off, leaving the Green Line train behind, hobbled by management that punishes riders and refuses to modernize stations and operations.