Hey, late-night service!
2013 was our year! Late-night weekend service meant we could party like adults and still have a safe and cost effective way to get home. We were finally a big city.
Well, that was fun. Granted, the service was costing the city $14 million a year, but how did a mere 2-1 MBTA board vote relegate us back to second-tier status? Even more embarrassing, the FTA knocked the board for failing to follow civil rights guidelines. And to top it off, the New York Times wrote a condescending little story about our sorry state of affairs. This one hurt.
We have an actual folk song about our transit system
“Charlie on the MTA.” If you went to camp, you sang the sucker. And if you grew up in the Boston area, you got all tingly about a song that mentioned Kendall Square, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and Chelsea. It’s also just a damn catchy tune (and just missed making our list of Most Boston Songs Ever Recorded).