Top Five Likes & Dislikes of Commuting to Work Via the T (Subway)

Opinions Posted Apr 30, 2014 by Jennifer Torode

Tomorrow marks CHEN PR’s first anniversary in our Downtown Crossing office at 71 Summer St. On my commute this morning, I found myself reflecting on all the fun my colleagues and I have had being in the city over the past year, the new clients that have partnered with us since moving, the successes we’ve had and the fascinating experiences on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) subway—also known by locals as the T. With this, I generated all the pros and cons of taking the T each day to and from work and came up with a list that I think most commuters can relate to.

Bsoton T

Here goes my top 5 likes and dislikes of taking the T. I’ll start with the dislikes first. Drum roll please…

I don’t so much fancy:
• When “those” people (the I’m so important that it cannot wait) talk on their mobile phones the entire way—Um, you are not the only one on the train.
• When people try to hurl themselves into the train when it’s clearly packed to the gills especially as the next train is only minutes behind. It’s these beauties that hold up the train as their backside or backpack is over that infamous yellow line, keeping the door from closing. Or when people cut the boarding line—They lack the commonsense gene when it comes to the proper protocol of boarding a train.
• When people don’t give up their seats for older or handicapped people, pregnant women or a parent with a small child or children.
• When people play their music so loudly that the person 6 feet away can tell which song is playing or when people play games on their smartphones with the sound cranked.
• When people pass gas (this really makes me gag) on the train as they know their anonymity is pretty much guaranteed or those lazy litterbugs that leave their trash behind for others to pick up. Really, are we 3 years old?
• When people stumble onto the train completely smashed (drunk) or when people invade your seat space—crossing that invisible barrier. Move over Grover!

Bust Subway

I fancy that:
• I only have to walk 15 minutes from my house to get to the train station—it gives me that additional daily exercise as I spend most of my day sitting in front of a laptop.
• My daily work commute saves me a ton of money in gas (the last time I filled my tank was 2 weeks ago at $3.90 a gallon), oil changes and wear-and-tear on my car.
• I no longer need to dread an awful commute—getting stuck in traffic on Rt. 128 that turns me into another person (a Mass-hole driver) or having to scrape a layer of frost off my windshield or shovel out my car and parking space during the winter.
• I can people watch (I’ve gotten some great fashion ideas from some of the ladies), making small talk with nice commuters, eye-bonding with others over the silliness of some commuters or bumping into former co-workers, old friends or former classmates.
• I have the option of reading the news and gossip column in the Metro, rest my eyes, listen to 90.0 FM WBUR, catch up on my CHEN PR email, run through my to-do-list for that day or look out the window and thank God I am not stuck in traffic.

Gal giving up seat on train to elderly lady

All in all, I really like taking the T and love working in Boston. The good far outweighs the bad and for that, I am grateful! So, for all my fellow commuters, please be aware of your surroundings, be courteous, enjoy the ride and who knows, maybe we’ll end up chatting one day during our commute.