inbound… outbound… wha??

When I was in high school, after I got my driver’s license, my parents starting allowing me to go into Boston without adult supervision. I would drive to Riverside or Woodland and take the Green Line in, or the commuter rail from Walpole and get on the Red Line to go to Harvard Square. Mostly I went with friends, and with our combined powers, we were mostly able to figure out where we were and how to get to where we wanted (usually either Quincy Market or Harvard Sq.).
However, there were a few times that I went in completely by myself, and I would get so confused. Generally what screwed me up was the inbound/outbound dilemma. Sometimes you need to go inbound to go outbound, if you know what I mean. Once on the Red Line I screwed up royally and ended up in Kendall. No idea what I did, except I knew that it was wrong, and had to ask the lady behind the bullet-proof glass what to do.
I think the T is confusing, and I’ve helped many a tourist with a blank look on their face as they tried to figure out what to do and where to go. I found the subway systems in New York, Washington, London, Paris, Madrid and Berlin to be easy-peasy in comparision to navigating the T. It’s hard because the T is the oldest subway system in the country, but I would love to see it cleaned up and look like the D.C. Metro, which is gorgeous. I find the T to be dirty and rather depressing.
On a different note, did you all know there used to be an A line of the Green Line? It ran down Brighton Ave. – there’s concrete islands there right now. I looked it up, and I can’t remember why they stopped using it. I think it wasn’t generating enough money, or something, I’m not entirely sure why. I wish they would bring it back, though – then I would probably live a lot closer to the T than I do now. The B-line at Packard’s Corner is probably the closest to where I live, but it’s still a lengthy walk.

2 Comments so far

  1. Em (unregistered) on July 12th, 2004 @ 6:05 am

    The going inbound to get outbound again is a very annoying thing. Living in JP and trying to get out to Comm Ave or over to Brighton requires going into the city (on the orange line) and then getting onto the green to go out again. Retarded. I know there are “buses” but I am deeming them worthy of quotes b/c while they are there in theory, actually RIDING them and COUNTING ON THEM is another story. Temping out at St. E’s was hell, and it took me over an hour to get there every day. It was an occasion which made me understand why people drive to work.
    As for Inbound vs Outbound – I have always explained it to tourists that the middle of the T map “star” is INBOUND and the outer points are OUTBOUND. That’s the only way it makes any sense to me. But I’m still confused…

  2. Em (unregistered) on July 13th, 2004 @ 1:53 am

    Gah! No! The Arborway line would cause major conjestion and traffic issues. Have you SEEN Centre Street? It is very small and impossible to get down. If I am ever riding the bus down there, I always give up and walk and leave the bus far far behind.

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