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Misanthropic me, or I hate people so of course I live in the city [May. 23rd, 2006|01:28 am]
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People who ride the T at rush hour? Are stupid. There. I've said it. They are profoundly, deeply, mentally crippled. How they manage to remember to breathe astounds me.

I tend to get on the train at South Station, because it is marginally closer to my work than Downtown Crossing. However, "closer" is a description to be taken under advisement, because Downtown Boston is a tiny, tiny place. The three main stations (all three have transfer options) are so close together it's really not worth it to wait for a train from one line to another if all you need is to transfer from the Red Line to the Orange (at Downtown Crossing) or Green (at Park Street) Line.

And here we pause for visual aids:


The South Station-Downtown Crossing-Park Street trifeca is pretty much in the center of the map. See those black lines between Park and Downtown Crossing? That's telling you there's a tunnel which allows you to walk between these two stations. That's how close they are.

From South Station to Park, it's a 10 minute walk. If it's a nice day (ie, not a blizzard), it's usually faster to walk than to wait for a Red Line train to take you to the line you want. I often walk to Park if I have nothing better to do, because it's not that far, and it makes my ride to Cambridge shorter. And I'm only taking the Red Line.

Today, I got on the train at South Station. Today was a nice day; I could have easily walked to Park, but since I'm going all the way to Harvard Square anyway, it doesn't matter that much so I opted for the closer station. I managed to get on a train at 5:35pm. This train was mostly empty, but I made the mistake of getting on a car right by the stairs to the platform. The train sat there for at least 10 minutes.

And, of course, everyone comes charging down the stairs and flings themselves on the train because, OMG the thing will be leaving any SECOND. Except it isn't. It's sitting there. For at least 10 minutes. I timed it. People are shoving their way onto my car, desperate to get to their destination.

Finally, the doors shut, and the trains starts moving. It takes a minute, at most, to get to the next station, Downtown Crossing. But here's the thing. Half the people who forced their way bodily on the train? Got off at Downtown Crossing. They waited 10 minutes to ride a minute to a station that only takes 5 minutes, tops, to walk to. Where they, no doubt, had to wait for the Orange Line train.

More people got on at Downtown Crossing, desperate after waiting 10 minutes for the Red Line train. Only to do it again...over half of them gor off the train at Park. Park Street is even closer to Downtown Crossing than South Station is...as I pointed out, they're actually connected.

Which is why I hate people. They'd rather stand on an overfilled train, barely able to breathe, for 10 minutes waiting to be carried to the station where they can catch their train for home...instead of walk to the station they actually need.

Because heaven forfend anyone should actually walk anywhere in this day and age.

Note to self: Start catching the train at Park Street for the summer. At least then you only have to deal with Cambridge idiots, who are at least, on the whole, better educated. Or, better yet, just walk all the way home; it only takes a little over an hour.
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[User Picture]From: pilarcruz
2006-05-23 03:26 pm (UTC)
That looks like the Seoul subway line. Almost.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2006-05-23 03:33 pm (UTC)
Hee...except for being about 1/10 the size...
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[User Picture]From: jumbach
2006-05-23 05:11 pm (UTC)
I walk to Circus Circus and back every day at lunch (approx. 1 1/2 mi. round trip) . . . Some people do enjoy walking.

I have that same map, BTW. :-)
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[User Picture]From: jsemaj
2006-05-23 06:33 pm (UTC)
I always used to wonder why folks always took the T when walking wasn't all that hard or far. When I was a kid in Youth Theatre I used to take the T into the city to Emerson College from East Somerville but I'd walk home at the end of the day about half the time. It wasn't a quick walk but it wasnt' even a vaguely difficult walk and was nice except for the exhaust fumes.
Most people are fat lazy apes, those crowds were standiing at Park Place back in the 1970's and will be there in the 2070's.

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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2006-05-23 07:09 pm (UTC)
YES, thank you!

Apart from the fact that I hate waiting for one train, let alone two, and I can't see why you'd wait for the red line to take you to the other line of your choice. But waiting for your train longer than it takes to go to the station you actually want to go to in the first place? I'm sorry, you're the weakest link, goodbye.

Unless its badly icy, I walk at least from Havard to Porter every day. I live closer to Porter, but I hate it...so much that I'd rather walk to Harvard to avoid it.

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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2006-05-23 08:05 pm (UTC)
Well....
Unless they came off the Silver Line (which, some of them had suitcases, it's possible. But that's the only thing you'd transfer from; Commuter Rail people have to pay again or they have a combo pass...

But as far as I could tell, they were just coming in, getting on the train (in some cases fighting for a seat!) and getting off at Downtown Crossing (about half of them). Then, a bunch more got off at Park...about half the train (1/4 having gone 2 stops, 1/4 having only gone one (connected) stop.

Depending on what I have to do, what time I have to do it at, and what shoes I'm wearing, I get on at any of the three downtown stations (well, two; if I'm going to walk away from South Station, there's no point in just walking to Downtown X so I go to Park). And I get off at either Central or Harvard (most often), Davis or Kendall (less often) or Porter (rarest of all, I hate that place; I'll get on it if I have to but it takes a lot to get off there).

Of course, then, too, I'll walk from Broadway to South Station in a heartbeat unless the weather's really bad. Either way. But you knew that.

So. Basically what you're saying is they're either cheap or lazy?
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[User Picture]From: bitchinmona
2006-05-23 08:39 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of you today as I took the orange line from New England Medical Center to Downtown Crossing, then Downtown Crossing to Park Street. Because for some reason, I was thinking I needed to get off at Park Street. I actually got off on both the outer platform and the inner platform trying to figure out what I was doing wrong, I was so disoriented.

... maybe that reason was that I was shaking badly from the breathing treatment I just had, and I'm feeling a bit wretched. Whatev.

I just find it amusing though that I'm all yucky, and I'm in a "fuckit, I'm taking the train" frame of mind yet I'm sitting there thinking about becoming one of the mindless suburban cow masses based on a post of yours.

(:
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