I had an appointment in Boston today, so I took the Commuter Rail in and out from Lowell. At Gallagher Terminal I found there was no ticket counter in the lobby since LRTA is trying to keep that as clear as possible to accomplish social distancing. I was told that I could buy a ticket on board and planned to purchase a round trip. A conductor occasionally popped his head into my car to see if anyone needed one of the flag stops, but nobody ever came through to collect or sell tickets.
For my return trip, figuring that experience was a fluke, I purchased a one-way ticket at North Station so to not avoid an onboard surcharge. The lady at the window sold me one without comment about any waivers. I boarded the train and stuck my ticket in the loop on the seatback in front of me. Again, we got all the way to Lowell, and nobody every collected the ticket. I still have it and I guess I can use it until it expires on 9/29/20. Does anyone know why this happened? We always talk about how they need revenue which they won’t get if they don’t collect.
As an aside, it’s been quite a while since I have taken this trip. When did North Station get such a renovation?!