Food Service Coming to the Riverside Line (April Fools Day)

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Food Service Coming to the Riverside Line (April Fools Day)

Postby sery2831 » Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:00 pm

Press Release

Start Date: 4/1/13

From the Riverside Reporter

MBTA releases plan to help increase revenue. To take advantage of the increased travel time on the Riverside Line at rush hour, special cars will offer food service and HD television in the morning and recent movies in the evening.

Morning service will depart Riverside or Woodland Stations only at 8AM and will drop off at Copley and Park Street Station only. There will be a continental breakfast service included in the fare with additional alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Seating will be booths with all leather seats, power outlets at all the seats, and HD flat screen TVs in various locations in the car. Cost of this service will be $43 plus normal fare. Tickets must be purchased in advanced via a Smart Phone APP coming soon.

Evening service will depart from Park Street Station only on the outbound inside track at 5:20PM. Bar service and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Future full meal service is being explored. Cost of this service will be $55 plus normal fare and will include soft drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets must be purchased in advanced via a Smart Phone APP coming soon.

There will be limited same day round trip tickets available for purchase for $75 plus normal subway fare.

Cars will also be restroom equipped and have wifi. Cars will be handicapped accessible.

Funding for this service will be provided by private funding from corporate sponsors who will fund the construction of the cars. The cars will be made from the leftover Type 8 Breda car shells stored in Everett. Service is to start in the Fall during regular rush hour schedules.
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Re: Entertainment and Food Service Coming to the Riverside L

Postby Diverging Route » Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:12 pm

I read about that in the Bangkok Post here this morning! News travels fast!
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Re: Entertainment and Food Service Coming to the Riverside L

Postby Backshophoss » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:17 am

I hope this is a bad dream....;)
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Re: Entertainment and Food Service Coming to the Riverside L

Postby jaymac » Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:41 am

...and cars 0401 through 0420 will provide the service...
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Re: Entertainment and Food Service Coming to the Riverside L

Postby Disney Guy » Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:37 am

Sometime in the 1930's or so they really did have food service on board the light rail. It was in Dallas, Texas. They had breakfast cooked to order and brought to your seat as they do it on airlines. One story was told that the real purpose was to promote electric stoves. How they managed to take your order, cook your breakfast, serve you, and give you time to eat before you reached your stop I don't know. I think only one or two cars were equipped. I don't think car 0434 (now at Seashore Trolley Museum) was one of them.

Today, rapid transit cars in several cities, including Hong Kong and Shenzhen, have flat panel TV's in various locations, primarily to show advertisements.
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Re: Entertainment and Food Service Coming to the Riverside L

Postby octr202 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:48 am

I heard there's a consultant being brought in from Melbourne to develop the concept, but they're running into some snags due to "Buy American" rules in the contracting. So maybe no seared kangaroo filet on the PM commute...

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Re: Entertainment and Food Service Coming to the Riverside L

Postby Patrick Boylan » Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:57 am

I remember seeing a learning channel or PBS show about the Dallas food service.

By the way, does Boston have food and drink bans like other cities? Apparently not, if we are to believe what we have heard on Boston, or Cambridge, icon radio show Car Talk
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As mentioned, the District of Columbia has made it illegal to eat or drink on the subway, and people have been cited for doing so and fined. (In a few cases, people have been arrested in the District, although this seems to the exception rather than the rule.) Car Talk references this when describing Doug "The Subway Fugitive" Berman, who supposedly once fled from a distracted D.C. transit officer who had stopped him with a donut in hand.

I like to believe Dougie didn't know about the DC regulations, because he came from eat anything you want on transit Boston, and not that he was going to DC for a donut on train junket because Boston wouldn't let him take a bite.
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Re: Entertainment and Food Service Coming to the Riverside L

Postby highwayman » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:18 pm

Amtrak has a heck of a time trying to provide such amenities on its cross country trains. Its hard to imagine this luxury on the green line!! Hee Hee, happy april fools day!!
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Re: Entertainment and Food Service Coming to the Riverside L

Postby Patrick Boylan » Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:34 am

Darn, another April Fools joke bamboozled me. I was so looking forward to a refreshing Riverside refreshment ride.
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Re: Entertainment and Food Service Coming to the Riverside L

Postby Arborwayfan » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:15 pm

Re Mr. Boylan's comment: I know the Dunkin Donuts on the platform at Park Street closed ten or fifteen years ago, but was the place that sold hotdogs on the platform at Government Center still there when the station got ready to close? I haven't been to either place in ages. Are there other places like that in the paid area of any stations today? What's the food-vending situation like now, Boston friends?
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Re: Entertainment and Food Service Coming to the Riverside L

Postby Arborwayfan » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:17 pm

By the way, on-board food service would be a lot easier on a city system than on a cross-country train, because the train would often be at its terminal for restocking and the employees could sleep at home.
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Re: Entertainment and Food Service Coming to the Riverside L

Postby wicked » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:22 pm

Arborwayfan wrote:Re Mr. Boylan's comment: I know the Dunkin Donuts on the platform at Park Street closed ten or fifteen years ago, but was the place that sold hotdogs on the platform at Government Center still there when the station got ready to close? I haven't been to either place in ages. Are there other places like that in the paid area of any stations today? What's the food-vending situation like now, Boston friends?


There was still a Dunks at GC on the Green Line level as of a few months ago. I think a newsstand may have been in the Blue Line spot, not sure.

The retail spaces at Park and DTX get tenants for a year or two, go vacant for three or four, then find another tenant for a year or two. I never understood why they aren't are successful long term. Theft? With the foot traffic alone at the DTX booths, you could make some nice coin.
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Re: Entertainment and Food Service Coming to the Riverside L

Postby MBTA3247 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:03 pm

wicked wrote:The retail spaces at Park and DTX get tenants for a year or two, go vacant for three or four, then find another tenant for a year or two. I never understood why they aren't are successful long term. Theft? With the foot traffic alone at the DTX booths, you could make some nice coin.

Which spaces are you thinking of? The news stand at Park St on track 4 has been there for years, and there's a push cart on the Forest Hills-bound platform at DTX that has also been there for years.
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Re: Entertainment and Food Service Coming to the Riverside L

Postby wicked » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:10 pm

The Red Line platforms at DTX.

You're right, Park has been occupied in recent years, but there was a stretch in the 1990s where it was vacant.
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