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Blue Line riders have to show major persistance when train service dies and they can't social distance

Packed Blue Line substiution bus

Boston Pedestrian shows us the absence of social distancing this afternoon on a shuttle bus brought in to ferry Blue Line riders between Wonderland and Orient Heights after signals came down with Covid-19 or something and stopped working.

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Not much room for bikes on that bus.

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For those that want to ride the bus places but then ride the last few blocks and be all like, "dam, I just rode this BIKE here brah, check me out."

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That's an interesting mischaracterization of people who use bus bike racks.

There are plenty of places not within walking distance of a bus stop. Most places, in fact.

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Also, note that if there were a lot of bikes, two could go on the front and the rest could be locked up or go on a truck.

Just like they do for big bike events.

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There's room for two bikes, to be exact. Do you live in Boston? Otherwise, you would know that bikes are never allowed onto buses; they must be placed on the rack at the front of the bus.

Every MBTA bus has a bike rack, with the exception of the Harvard trolleybuses (not being used during Covid, apparently due to busway work) and the Waterfront Transitway buses (SL1/2/3).

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The T yet again proving itself the enemy of the people.

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When school buses return they have to leave their windows open. What is the MBTA bus policy?

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COVID-19 CLUSTER CAUSE TO BE MBTA BUS

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Jokes a side.

BPS and schools have the right idea about school buses. I dont know why MBTA buses are different but.

On School buses, windows have to be open. WHY ISNT THIS A THING ON CITY BUSES.

The more flowing air the better.

(Sure wont work on crisp October days when its 45 @ 7am.... but still)

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I'm actually old enough to remember when windows on buses did open. I think it was around the 80s, and the introduction of air conditioning on buses, that it ceased.

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I definitely remember riding the old model buses in the 90s and even very early 2000s and using the triangular thing to open windows. I believe things changed when the T got an upgrade to the newer models. And even then I believe the top part of the windows could be opened but only by the driver. But yes, with air conditioning now there is no need. Sidenote: is there only one level for the AC? The bus is either freezing cold or a hotbox amirite?

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I remember when buses often didnt have working air conditioning..... (the RTSs often would have no AC)

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Air conditioning.

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Who Cares

I'd rather be hot N safe from covid than be cool breathing in some maskhole's air.

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When they bought buses that had AC, they had to make sure the windows wouldn’t open too wide, lest some idiot decided on a day with the temps in the 90s and dew point in the 70s that they wanted “fresh air”. I’ve seen it, so I believe it.

School buses, on the other hand, don’t have air conditioning.

I suppose if we could go back in time, we could make sure we have buses that can handle COVID-19. That said, if we had the ability, perhaps a trip to Wuhan in November or December of 2019 might be better.

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I don't see why in cases like a pandemic that buses can't open that top vent in the roof that is generally used for emergencies I imagine. It would allow fresh air to circulate. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

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It's more about keeping people from getting injured by sticking their arm or head out the window. A very small window in a moving vehicle will let in a lot of air, so the current windows won't make a difference for keeping in the AC.

What really sucks is when the AC is broken and the bus has non-openable windows. This happened a lot in the 1970s, which is why buses today all have openable windows, even though the ACs are more reliable.

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Actually

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Now is the perfect time for MBTA to acknowledge that it is the Blue Line that is depended on for transportation for the high Covid areas and increase more competent trains and buses and ncrease sanitization. Damn shame.

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And I speak as one who must take the Blue Line to work during these times. The T will do nothing about Blue Line overcrowding during the pandemic, despite it's now long ago promise that it would. People are still treated like cattle, no type of distancing or mask wearing is enforced, and the amount of trains and buses is inadequate for the size of the ridership. T employees are nowhere to be found and wouldn't know what to do even if they could be found. In other words, business as usual for the T.

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What this pic shows is that these people don't matter. No wonder Eastie is hot bed. These folx do not have the advantage of being able to stay at home and work,...how about the city/MBTA helps these ppl out like they are helping us out every day.

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It would be nice if the problem of crowding on buses were solved. But it's a tough problem that's existed ever since there were buses.

It's especially tough when the bus is an emergency shuttle for a rail line that shut down unexpectedly. Think about how many people are on even an uncrowded train, and how many fit on a bus, and consider that nobody knew in advance that any buses at all had to be available for the shuttle.

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who get on the buses and the subway trains, and get tough on people who flaunt the rules of wearing masks that covers both their mouths and noses, as well as the rules of social distancing.

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should not be allowed by the State, at all. It's sickening how buses and MBTA trains are always so crowded, with people packed in like sardines, especially during the height of rush hours. This absolutely must stop if the state really is really and truly serious about flattening the curve and controlling the spread of disease.

The rules of wearing masks that cover both the nose and mouth, as well as that of social distancing must be strictly enforced, as well.

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