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If there’s anything worse than the train, it’s the shuttle buses that replace the train when it’s out of service.
[View the story "MBTA riders cry May-Day" on Storify]MBTA riders cry May-DayStorified by Jeremy C. Fox · Fri, May 04 2012 17:40:32The month of May didn't get off to a very merry start, with a week of drizzle and cool temperatures that didn't make anyone's commute more fun. Did the bad weather make Bostonians especially cranky this week? Because local tweeters sure gave the #MBTAannoy hashtag a workout. This week, let's gauge which aspect of the overall MBTA has the most frustrating service by splitting up the tweets by topic. First, the Red Line, which has been undergoing weekend repairs and thus is replaced on Saturdays and Sundays by shuttle buses that no one is ever happy to see. Red line i tire of your BS. #mbta #mbtaannoymediacrityDisabled redline on a busy Saturday for 'signal work'? Why am I not surprised. #MBTAannoy @mbtaGMLouJanos#RedLine train packed at Kendall Square as people transfer from shuttle to subway. #MBTAannoy http://pic.twitter.com/4IfugzXtJeremy C. Fox@MBTATransitPD not a fun ride today, the #3262 trolley to Mattapan and conductor let's people on without paying. #mbtaannoy #payyoufareCommonwealthRecycle@mbtaGM @mbta_alerts 20 mins and no red line southbound... 300+ on platform. #MBTA #MBTAannoyJames SutherlandUgh barefoot guy was back on T today #MBTAannoy #gross http://instagr.am/p/KFrK6Ivci3/CaitlinThat last one didn't specify which line barefoot guy rides, but that floor sure looks like Red Line.So, the Red Line isn't so great, but it's certainly no worse than the Orange Line, often noted for its random odors and ill-behaved passengers (the two issues just may be connected). Sitting on the Orange Line train surrounded by 4 sketchballs with a staring problem and bloody napkins on the floor. Creeped out. #MBTAannoyJeannie RodriguezThe third Forest Hills-bound #OrangeLine train in five mins just arrived. No inbound trains, tho. #MBTAannoyJeremy C. FoxSo Red and Orange both have their issues, but maybe the Green Line is really the worst? You know your green line train is moving slowly when it's not even making that ear piercing screeching sound #MBTA #MBTAannoySarah Perkins#MBTAannoy waiting 15 minutes for a train at Symphony, only to have it blow through the station without stopping.Nick Downing0 for 4 of the trains I've been on this week have entered Park Street on the correct track #MBTAannoyKenjimalAnd here's a tweet that calls out two different lines for slow service.Slow riding in a.m. Medical emergency on Red Line, then disabled car on Green Line. #MBTAannoyBNN NewsBut we can't forget the buses. Though most riders would like to. #MBTAannoy #crazybusdriver #the57busMichelle LeCornNearly 20 minutes spent waiting for the 39 to take me to the T so I can get to work. There needs to be a stronger tag than #MBTAannoy.JulianaLast 2 weeks, morning bus Rt. 93 is wildly inconsistent. Either running too infrequently and full early or 2-3 at once and empty. #MBTAannoyScott SinclairLast day of bus/train Newton commute! Standing in the drizzle, no 39 in sight - don't think I'll miss you, #MBTAannoy tag.JulianaWhat's with all the police at #Malden Center and why did the T just let everyone on the 106 bus for free? #mbtaannoyMelinda CAnd here are a few general #MBTAannoy tweets that don't name a particular service. Sometimes I want to tell MBTA employees to calm the #%£! down, but I think it might just escalate the situation. #mbtaannoyanders kamp elderHey lady, you stink #MBTA #MBTAannoySarah PerkinsEndorsing Mitt Romney right now is like paying the MBTA fare hike. Not like you have a choice. #MBTAannoyADaveSaysWhatRemember when "obstructing doors causes delays" was a bad thing? Now it's new #MBTA policy.Mom w/ stroller really appreciates it #MBTAannoyMichael ScovilleIf you're going to stand in front of me while I'm sitting, kindly zip your fly. #MBTA #MBTAannoySarah PerkinsSorry about that. But this week's commutes weren't all bad. Right? There were these #MBTAbrag tweets to show that at lease a few riders had a pleasant experience. #mbtabrag on time at savin hill!Sarah Betancourtthe public transit stars aligned today, door to door in exactly an hour #MBTAbragKenjimalDriver of 2179 route 66 saw me running for the next stop and pulled over for me! Awesomest driver ever. #MBTAbragsnowgray,beautywhiteConductor reached over & kissed me this morning, but he smelled like Old Spice so it was ok #MBTAbragHPThat last one is probably a work of fiction, but in a week with only four brags, we'll take it.Maybe next week will be better? Could it be worse? If it is, be sure to tweet out the awfulness using #MBTAannoy.And if a conductor gives you a peck, share it with the world using #MBTAbrag.
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