Happy Opening Day week!
Phillip Eng, the MBTA’s newly appointed GM, jumped aboard a speed-restricted Green Line train from downtown Boston to Newton yesterday for his introductory press conference at Riverside Station (which, he will learn, is where the third row of rosemary is on this map.)
The event began 15 minutes late.
"It's time for a new way of doing business at the MBTA," said Eng, a longtime engineer and former president of the Long Island Rail Road.
Eng predicted the transit agency would “get to the point where people were praising the T, rather than treating it as the butt of jokes, scorn and sorrow.”
Of course, Eng likely would likely have arrived in Newton sooner if he took the commuter rail instead.
In fact, because portions of Riverside Line are under speed restrictions, the T is letting riders use their Charlie Cards and tickets on the Newtonville, West Newton, and Auburndale commuter rail trains for alternate service in and out of Boston.
Or, he could have taken an Express Bus out here. Rather, he could have done so pre-pandemic before service on several routes was suspended.
And once Eng starts his new gig on April 10, let's hope he'll ask why the Riverside Line slowdowns were necessary given that D-Line service was shut down for multiple weeks last fall so that more than 6,000 feet of track could be replaced and a half-dozen station crossings updated.