One only has to be in the city of Boston for at least 2 days to realize that the MBTA’s Green Line is sort of a mess at certain points in the day. The Green Line is the only line of the MBTA that has street level cars. The MBTA is the oldest transit system in the country, so with that being said, it could use a few improvements.
Let’s start with the Boston College B-Line, my personal go-to. This train runs straight down Commonwealth Ave, passes through the Boston University campus, continues through Allston and concludes at Boston College. Many people say this may be the longest train ride of the MBTA. That’s not surprising, seeing that this train stops at almost every block passing through the BU campus. It’s an exhaustingly long ride if you are riding from Park Street all the way to Boston College. To add, the Green Line in general is also known to be a little tardy for the party. There is an intended schedule for how frequently the trains are supposed to run, but depending on the day, the intended schedule may just be nothing but mere hopes and dreams.
So Now the Tips:
1. There are two types of train carts on a Green Line train: the newer ones with green seats vs the older ones with black, maroon and orange seats. If in a big group aim for a newer green cart, if you are by yourself aim for an older cart because there is more single seating.
2. If you ride the T on an average of about twice a day every month, then you should get a monthly pass or a semester. The T is way too expensive to be paying for each fare two times a day. At least the pass gives you a bit of a deal.
3. Now we all know that evading train fares is wrong, but let’s be honest, we’ve all snuck on the T illegally at least once. Sometimes finding $2.10 isn’t as easy as it sounds and now that it’s $2.65, well that may be even harder. I’m sure my fellow College kids in Boston can agree. When riding at peak hours such as between 5pm-7pm, and during morning rush hour, it is extremely easy to sneak on the crowded Green line street cars.
4. Never run in front of an approaching Green Line train unless you want to hear the operator beep their horn a mile away as they approach you.
5. When it comes to getting a seat during rush hour, your best bet is to be the first person on the train. If unfortunately, your T stop isn’t the first one and you walk on to a crowded train, the first thing you want to do is walk all the way to back as there may be leftover seats. If you’re too late, then look for the biggest opening of space on the train and that will definitely be your next best bet. If its primetime and the train has already exceeded capacity, then just look for something or someone to hold on to. We’ve all had to pretend at least once that we were riding a surf board on a crowded train so that we could keep our balance.
The beauty in the Green Line is that you can usually see it approaching since they are mostly street level carts. Also, for the most part, the trains are fairy consistent. And even though there are a million stops, if you get an express train, it may be your lucky day because that train is about to skip about 10 stops which can really shed time off your commute. If you couldn’t tell by reading this post, I ride the Green Line a lot.