New Photo Pass Policy

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Postby Pete » Wed Jul 28, 2004 10:37 am

Not this week. They're not issuing permits until 7/31.

Yes, there are obvious issues here, like what abritrary judgement says you're less of a threat if you had the permit before as opposed to getting one now. But the MBTA is beyond scrutinty from now on, it seems, so that's just how it is. Deal with it.
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Postby RailBus63 » Tue Nov 02, 2004 2:30 pm

Does anyone have the e-mail address where I can contact the MBTA to start the process for a photo permit? I want to start this in plenty of time for my upcoming trip during the holidays.

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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Tue Nov 02, 2004 3:34 pm

i don't have a photo pass and i just take pictures
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:36 am

Yeah, same here, but I videotape the Red Line and its Cadigan Yard (not accomplished yet) and its cars (01800s only, no Pullman-Standards or UTDCs yet)
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Postby Reddy Rocker » Wed Nov 03, 2004 9:21 am

MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 wrote:i don't have a photo pass and i just take pictures


Then you risk getting arrested. MBTA Rules and Regulations require a permit to take pictures on the T. Of course, you will most likely get away with it due to the lack of police on the system...
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Postby jwhite07 » Wed Nov 03, 2004 9:46 am

Massachusetts State Law requires a permit to take pictures on the T.


Oh really? I'd be very interested in seeing where that law exists.
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Postby Reddy Rocker » Wed Nov 03, 2004 12:07 pm

Sorry about that, I meant the MBTA Rules and Regulations, and edited my post as such.
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Wed Nov 03, 2004 2:05 pm

Yeah, you're right, although beware, if there's no permit in possesion, one could even be fined or summonsed still.
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Postby GP40MC 1116 » Fri Nov 26, 2004 1:14 am

Can someone explain how to get photo passes again? Also I wish that it was easier acess for you guys. I want to become a full time Firefighter and that is also a hobby of mine. I go arround many Fire stations in the Metro Boston area and take photos. Many of the fellow Brothers are so helpful they invite you inside and pull the trucks out for me to take photos. Not saying anything wrong w trains but i wish for everyone that the MBTA And everyone would just let us buff's photograph a little. I don't know what it will take. I even have hung out in a Boston Firehouse wantching the red sox game w the guys. They understand the hobby and don't mind

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Postby MBTA Railfan » Sun Dec 05, 2004 11:06 am

I have info on my website

www.geocities.com/BostonMBTA

Go under railfanning tips

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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Sun Dec 05, 2004 11:14 am

wow, i didn't realize they are that serious about it, maybe i should really consider on getting one this summer
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Postby pdxstreetcar » Sun Dec 05, 2004 4:28 pm

The only problem I have ever had so far taking pictures (knock on wood :-D ) was taking a picture of a MBTA Flyer trackless trolley at Watertown loop on city streets when the driver told me I needed a permit. I have taken a lot pictures of the surface portions of the T including many of the Mattapan Ashmont line, North Station El and from T property too and have had no problem. I have a tiny Pentax digital camera which helps a lot for quick shots and is very discrete.

This new policy is really a problem for people who are traveling into Boston since I imagine you cant send in a request by mail but have to be there in person then wait the 5-10 days.
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Postby njt/mnrrbuff » Sun Dec 05, 2004 8:13 pm

Next month, I am making a trip on Acela for the first time to Boston for a day to start riding the MBTA commuter rail there.
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