Quick question about Lechmere

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Quick question about Lechmere

Postby Zaphod » Fri Jun 18, 2004 9:48 pm

If you ride to Lechmere but want to head back after getting there, do you have to pay another fare, or can you stay inside a fare zone and just hop back on another train?

Sunday I will be riding from Riverside and want to ride all the way to Lechmere and then turn around and ride to Museum of Science.
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Fri Jun 18, 2004 9:53 pm

Yeah, you actually will have to pay another fare, I'm afraid......

So you might want to buy a "boatload" of tokens before you set out there.

Same goes for Wonderland for the Blue Line and Ashmont only on the Red Line.
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Postby ckb » Fri Jun 18, 2004 10:02 pm

But ... if you go at night when the turnstyle is closed (well, locked open, actually) and you're supposed to pay as you board, the operators hardly ever enforce fare payment on boarding. They usually wait until the very last second to bring the next train around and open all the doors so they can leave "on time". Or, they bring the train forward and then go back to hanging out in the yard, leaving the front door open but unattended for anyone to walk on. Then the operators get in for their runs and go.

Of course, if you're doing a fan ride and have a camera (shhhh) or such, then this doesn't apply because you'll probably be going during the day.
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Postby CSX Conductor » Fri Jun 18, 2004 10:14 pm

but isn't tonight (Friday 6-18) the last night for el to Lechmere?
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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Fri Jun 18, 2004 10:16 pm

no it was extended until the 25, next week, the T needs to conduct more saftey test at the new superstation
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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Sat Jun 19, 2004 10:38 am

so for the Lechmere, are we able to stay on the subway, or does it terminate there and i would have to get on another?
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Postby Ron Newman » Sat Jun 19, 2004 11:19 am

If you ride outbound to Lechmere, you have to get off, walk around to the other side, and pay another fare to ride inbound again.

Lechmere is not a "subway" station so I'm not sure I really understood your question.
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Postby caduceus » Sat Jun 19, 2004 11:24 am

One time I went to the Galleria or PCs for Everyone, I came back and the collector's booth was empty, turnstyles unlocked, and the trolley unattended. Everyone walked on without paying. I had a pass so it didn't matter to me, but...and this was during the _day_, on a weekday.

I haven't studied it closely, but was Lechmere a two-level station originally? Perhaps two trolley loops? The building looks like it had two levels at one time.
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Postby BC Eagle » Sat Jun 19, 2004 11:48 am

It's been several years since I've seen the collector's booth at Lechmere manned. I went out to the galleria on my lunch hour the other day and on my return trip it was empty and turnstyles were unlocked. This was at 12:30 in the afternoon on a weekday. Maybe the booth is only in use during the rush hour?
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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Sat Jun 19, 2004 1:12 pm

so pretty much, it is usually free to get on at Lechmere?
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Postby octr202 » Sat Jun 19, 2004 1:41 pm

I was there on Thursday afternoon, and the booth and turnstyles were in use. However, this was probably the first time I've ever seen them use it in the evening. There's even a sign up that says "Booth hours 6:30-9:30AM" (give or take 30 minutes).
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Postby CSX Conductor » Sat Jun 19, 2004 3:48 pm

Supposed to pay on-board at Lechmere and Science Park.
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Postby jack615 » Sat Jun 19, 2004 8:54 pm

I was there at about 830am friday riding what I thought was my last ride on the EL and when I got off at lechmere and crossed over to other side there was an attendant and went through the turnstiles, so that 630-930 am schedule is probably correct.

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Postby RailBus63 » Mon Jun 21, 2004 7:52 am

caduceus wrote:I haven't studied it closely, but was Lechmere a two-level station originally? Perhaps two trolley loops? The building looks like it had two levels at one time.


No, Lechmere station has always been single level. In fact, based on old photos I've seen it is remarkably unchanged since the days when trackless trolleys ran on the 69, 80, 87 and 88 and center-entrance cars ran to 'Lake Street via Commonwealth Ave' and 'Reservoir via Beacon St'.

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