This all transpired at around 8:30 am. Many of the people on the crowded commuter rail platform had been waiting since before 8, since the 7:53 train elected not to show up.
Woman (on cell phone): “The train still isn’t here. I’ve been here for like 40 minutes standing around doing nothing. So I’ll see you sometime today, I guess.”
Man (to a friend on the platform, as a commuter rail train blows by us): “Yeah, that’s about the third train I’ve seen go by without stopping, so I’m not holding out much hope for the next one.”
Second Man (to a friend on the platform): “Grabauskas, man. I want to find that guy and kill him.”
Memo to the T: People really, really hate it when trains don’t show up. It makes people late for work and late for meetings, it costs them and their employers valuable time that could have been spent productively instead of standing around on a cold concrete platform, and it makes them really not feel like supporting a fare increase.
Memo to Gov.-elect Patrick: Of the various steaming piles of doo-doo that Gov. Romney is handing you on his way out the door, the T is surely among the stinkiest.