If you watch The Weather Channel, you may know that New England has been slammed with snow this year. We’ve had two major snowstorms and one blizzard that have dumped over 72″ of snow on Boston in the last 30 days, and on Thursday we’re supposed to get another storm. You know you’ve had a lot of snow when you think, 4-6″ is on its way? That’s nothing!
Beyond the question of where to put it, the snow has caused all kinds of frustrations for commuters because as the Boston Globe nicely explained, the MBTA, our mass transit agency, has outdated equipment that’s constantly breaking down, thanks to powdery snow that gets sucked into the motor, melts and shorts out the electrical system. On top of that you have switches that freeze up and don’t function. This can affect both inbound and outbound trains because–get this–on the commuter rail, there are portions, particularly around stations, where there’s only one shared track. The switches are vital, and if they don’t work, trains get stuck.
It’s so bad that on Monday night, the MBTA finally threw up their hands and said they’re shutting down the entire system for at least a day so that they can try to fix it. This, of course, is causing all kinds of chaos–and I’m not even talking about the level of chaos that ensues in my brain when the Boy works from home. I’m talking two-hour one-way commutes for people who have to be at their place of work. I’m talking about a friend of mine who doesn’t have a car and has had to cash out $50-70 to get to work in a cab (and let’s not get started on Uber surge pricing).
This means commuters are singing some sad tunes–so here’s another track to add to the playlist:
(sung to the tune of “YMCA“)
Commuters, you will just have to wait
Commuters, your train is gonna be late
Commuters, there’s not much we can do
Our very old trains cannot get through
Commuters, train 401 has a glitch
Commuters, the problem is a bad switch
Commuters, for an hour we’ll be stuck
Or even more if we have back luck
(bump! bump! bump! bump! bum!)
There’s a delay on the MBTA!
There’s a delay on the MBTA
We have just too much snow
and the train cannot go
We think this winter really blows