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GoLocalWorcester: On average, 1,500 commuters leave from Union Station in Worcester heading inbound to Boston each weekday. According to a report from the MBTA, more than 11,000 people ride on the Worcester-Framingham line into Boston each day.
On Wednesday, the MBTA announced that 24 trains on the Framingham-Worcester Commuter Rail line will be shut down for the remainder of the week. Over the last few weeks, due to the severe winter weather, the Commuter Rail has seen cancelations, lengthy delays, and abbreviated schedules.
“Other than the delays that have caused my commute to double, the behavior of those taking the trains is like a real life version of the Hunger Games. If you’re not paying attention you will literally get trampled. Grown men will push woman and children out of the way in order to make the next train. I’m not kidding. I’ve seen it happen. If you’re not at the right spot when the train arrives you have little to no chance of making it on the train and you’ll be stuck waiting 20 plus minutes for another shot at making it home,” said Alanna Richards of Auburn. Richards travels back and forth every day on the Commuter Rail from Worcester to Boston.
“It’s been very tough. I’ve had to work from home a couple times a week which is hard being a manager at my company, said Joe Hughes of Worcester. Hughes works in Natick. “The delays have been horrible. You never know how bad it’s going to be every day. I have to wake up hours earlier just anticipating the delay. There are times I don’t even know the delays until I’m on the train.”
“All and all the entire system is a mess. It’s not only an inconvenience to commuters but is becoming almost hazardous. I will be much happier when I can get on the train without having to fight my way on,” said Richards.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) may need up to 30 days to recover from the recent snowstorms and get back back to full service. At a press conference on Monday, MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said, “As long as we don’t get hit with another storm like the last one, it will be back in 30 days. This last round really crippled our infrastructure and our vehicle fleet. It created operational challenges and created severe damage which will take time to recover from.”
“What’s that? You’re shutting down trains into Boston for the week. Oh OK, it’s not like I had to pay my bills or anything.”
That’s what I would be saying if I was dumb enough to work in Boston. You couldn’t pay me enough money to commute to Beantown everyday. It’s insane that people still do this. Is time worth nothing to you people in the rat race? How bout your sanity? We have people waking up HOURS early for the mere possibility of getting on a slow train to Boston so they can play dress up, feel like they made it in life, and sit in a cubicle all day. How are you even supposed to find the time to blog when you’re working hours like that?
I love it when you talk to some dooshnozzle who lives in some town east of 495. Worcester might as well be Mexico to them. Most will refer to us as “Western MA.” Guess what ding-dongs? We get the last laugh. First of all, Worcester is cheap as hell. You can get a 4 bedroom house with 1,700 square feet in Worcester for under $200k. Meanwhile, pick a Boston suburb. I looked at a map and the first one I saw was Arlington. Here’s what a 978 square foot, 2 bedroom house costs in Arlington:
Sign me up!!
Basically the only reason to live close to Boston is to tell people you live close to Boston. That’s the only possible advantage I see. When you factor in traffic Worcester is pretty much as close to Boston as any suburb, except without all the bullshit and Whole Foods.
And if you think Worcester’s DPW has been incompetent with the snow, how’d you like to deal with the nudniks who run the MBTA?
“When are you morons gonna have the trains moving again?”
“Ummm, like 30 days or so.”
“Oh OK, because I wasn’t trying to get to work or anything. Take your time. I guess I’ll just drive into that cesspool and find a parking spot. Because parking in Boston is easy and cheap!!”
“As long as it doesn’t snow again.”
“Well, luckily it’s February in New England, so chances of it snowing again are slim to none.”
The bottom line is if you’re not leaving and working in Central Mass then you should probably reevaluate your life choices.
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