'Seen and Heard on the T'

We've all got stories of things we've seen and heard on the T. Share them with your neighbors here.

Wednesday, July 25: If your commute on the Orange Line ground to a halt on Tuesday evening, blame the tree limb visible in the attached photo. The image is from the Twitter account of the MBTA general manager.


Tuesday, July 17: A South Boston woman tried to ride her motorized wheelchair up a Red Line escalator, according to a video posted by the MBTA general manager on his YouTube channel. The chair flipped over, sending the woman sprawling. Another rider tried to help and he also became entangled. A T worker rushed over and hit the emergency stop button.

The woman was not hurt, according to several media sources. There was an elevator the woman could have used about 55 feet away, T spokseman Joe Pesaturo told BostonInno.

The Americans With Disabilities Act specifically excludes escalators as "accessible means of egress." However, one wheelchair user has written a primer for others to use if they want to learn how to ride their wheelchair up (or even down) an escalator.


Monday, July 16: An anonymous Twitter user got a pic of a T employee apparently sleeping at the Park Street Station. The photo was taken at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14. Steve Annear of BostonInno reports that T officials are investigating the situation. Back in May, a T police officer was apparently caught sleeping on the job.

Also over the weekend, Rob Grover told Universal Hub about being yelled at by the driver of a Green Line trolley and told he can't take photos on the T. The driver is wrong — she apparently didn't get the memo or training about the.


Friday, July 5: Keri reports on a man who allegedly slapped a woman on the Red Line at Harvard Square. The photo is attached in the gallery.


Monday, June 18: The T is one of my favorite places. Really. You get an unmatched cross-section of humanity. And you often see and hear some funny things. The kinds of things that, when you get to work, you have to tell people about.

"The woman across from me on the T this morning was clipping her toenails."

That sort of thing. (I've seen nails being clipped several times while on the Orange Line, by the way.)

Our new feature, "Seen and Heard on the T" will collect these bits of urban life so they reach a wider audience.

It's easy to share your stories, photos and videos. Here are a few ways:

I'll also patrol the Internets looking for items and gather them here. For instance—In May, a Twitter user got a photo of a Transit Police officer napping.

One note: Regrettably, a lot of the funniest stuff that you see and hear on the T isn't family-friendly. You can let us know folks were cursing in an anectdote, but please don't provide an exact transcript.

Here's an example from this Monday around 4:30 p.m. I was walking through the lower busway at Forest Hills:

Angry mother, to homeless woman: "Keep standing over here, cursing in front of my daughter. Keep [bleeping] doing it."

We'll regularly highlight items from the project on all the Patches in Boston. So keep your eyes and ears open, keep your smart phones handy, and share the weird stuff you see and hear on the T.

Matt M. Casey June 19, 2012 at 06:04 PM
On the Orange Line today, I saw this white guy (his ethnicity will become important in a moment) chatting up everyone who happened to be near him. Finally, he turns to this Asian man who he clearly doesn't know and says: "I went to Chinatown yesterday and got some Chinese soup. Are you Viet-man-ese?" (Not a typo).
Michelle Ocana July 07, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I watches a well dressed man eat his Boston Globe.
KAC July 07, 2012 at 04:29 PM
While running down Hanover Street in the North End a few weeks ago A group of young, well dressed, professional men stepped off the sidewalk without looking. One very serious gent turned to the group and stated " there seem to be quite a few ITALIAN restaurants around here". Some Corporation must have worked hard to recruit that crowd.....
Grahame Turner July 17, 2012 at 03:39 PM
A couple of months ago, I was heading downtown to a meeting, wearing slacks and a button-down shirt (i.e., nothing fancy). A man passing me at the turnstiles of Forest Hills goes, "Hey, buddy, how you doing? You look like Elvis." It kind of made my day.
David S July 18, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I was zipping by on my way through the T and overheard a few words of a conversation between two guys waiting for the Orange line. All I heard was one of the guys turn to the other and say with a truly disappointed face "You would make a horrible wizard."
patty July 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM
I am glad that woman on the escalator was not hurt but she should be cited for her extreme stupidity. Can you imagine if a small child or elderly person had been behind her when her wheelchair tumbled. Her judgement appears severly impaired.
Chris Helms (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM
You make a good point, Patty, that someone beneath her could have been hurt.
Sandie July 18, 2012 at 04:18 PM
What was she thinking? Maybe she wasn't thinking at all.
Frank Mulligan July 18, 2012 at 09:53 PM
We always see something. we can"t beleive. People will always try some thing STUPID to get ATTENTION,
Kwum September 14, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Im guessing this man is no stranger to south boston..
Jon Williams February 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM
You mean like not using Spell Check and writing in all CAPS (that signifies yelling in print)?


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