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frostyw From: frostyw Date: April 18th, 2002 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)

So I haul tail over to the rail station in the airport, get my token and run upstairs to the platform, only to discover that the train I was supposed to take was out of service. So I wait for the next train to arrive, and get on that. After sitting still for ten minutes the operator comes onto the PA and informs us that this train is out of service as well! Just great! Eventually I managed to get a train that worked and made my way to my transfer station (I got off once at the wrong station, because the PA was crappy and I thought they'd called my station, but instead had called a station similar in name to the one I was looking for). Once we were about 30 yards from the station I wanted to transfer at, we were delayed because only one track was in operation and we had to let a train pass. Fair enough... until the Southbound train passed, and we still weren't moving. THIS time there's signaling problems on the track ahead, we'll have to wait. Eight minutes pass, the signaling is fixed but we have to wait for another Southbound train to pass. Then we can go, right? Nope, ONE MORE TRAIN has to go past before we can get up to the platform.

You should come to Boston sometime. I've never seen such a mess on the subway. If there was one, though, we have enough busses that one could be pressed into service to make a similar route. In fact, in at least one branch of the rapid transit, the bus (#39) makes the same stops as the train (Green Line E branch), plus a few others, and it costs about 25-30c less.

The only place I've seen delays like this are on our branch of the Commuter Rail, and that's because Amtrak runs the train, but CSX (freighter) owns the track and thus has the right of way. The more southerly branches, like the one that goes to Providence, is operated AND owned by Amtrak, so there's little hassle. Even then, SmartRoutes will have updates on train activity during the week.

All the in-town hotels seem to run shuttles through all the airports, too.

The only other place that I know has such an extensive, somewhat redundant, mass transit system is New York.
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