The T is a snob. Too cool for the Big Dig.

February 20, 2008

I don’t know if I like that the T is getting so fancy. The blue line released brand new cars with “intelligible, automated station announcements. A smoother ride with maximum air conditioning,” says Peter J. Howe of the Boston Globe. Sounds like an infomercial to me.

(Photo Credit: John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

When it gets to be 105 degrees, maximum air conditioning (which is what… a freezer?) might be nice. But I do like the classic conductor announcements. Is automated really more important than maintaining our HERITAGE?

I have yet to *hear* the blue line. But when the green line got it’s automated voice, I thought it sounded awfully funny. And then when “Hynes Convention Center/ICA” lost it’s “ICA,” Mr. Autovoice always sounded so confused.

“Hynes Convention….Center?”

Anyways. Nice work, MBTA. Now all you need to do is reopen the Arlington station so it’s normal again. Next month, right?


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