MBTA posts important signage regarding Lechmere shuttle

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MBTA posts important signage regarding Lechmere shuttle

Postby trigonalmayhem » Mon Jun 21, 2004 5:30 pm

Image

Hum.

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Postby ST214 » Mon Jun 21, 2004 5:47 pm

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Postby jwhite07 » Mon Jun 21, 2004 6:20 pm

And the sad part is, it's probably one of the most informative signs on the MBTA! :wink:

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Postby savebowdoin » Mon Jun 21, 2004 7:41 pm

where is that located??

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Postby efin98 » Mon Jun 21, 2004 8:02 pm

looks like someone was mad at the delay in the shuttles :D
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Postby octr202 » Mon Jun 21, 2004 8:36 pm

Is that the new warning sign for trolleys trying to run people down?

That seems like the kind of thing that should be reported under Transit Watch, but showing the T the photograph would run you afowl of the phot ban. Oh well, I guess we can't do anything! :wink:
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Postby Ron Newman » Mon Jun 21, 2004 11:25 pm

Based on what's covered over, I'm guessing that sign is in Haymarket Station, near the inbound Green Line platform.

Am I right?
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Postby trigonalmayhem » Tue Jun 22, 2004 2:23 am

Yup, that's the Haymarket inbound platform.



My guess is that they mounted the sign before they knew the change was being pushed back a week, so they put the butcher paper over it and some ... creative individual decided to illustrate it.
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Postby Ron Newman » Fri Jun 25, 2004 10:13 pm

Tonight around 7:30 pm in North Station Under, T personnel were very busy putting up new signs.
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Postby Pete » Tue Jun 29, 2004 1:38 pm

Overall they did a good job with the signs. They're clear and informative, good graphic standards. This isn't a given, with the wide array of sloppy signage hastily thrown together on the system. I suspect that there are individuals empowered to just go ahead and throw up a sign here or there when deemed necessary, but coordinated efforts like this must come out of the central communications dept. It's too bad more signs don't (or at least that they don't teach the signmakers wherever a thing or two about graphic standards). The T can produce some very well put-together visual information when it puts its mind to it.
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Postby Otto Vondrak » Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:12 pm

I'm a graphic designer (for what it's worth) and I think that "edited" sign is damn funny.

MBTA has a great set of graphic standards that were developed in the 1960's... they are great when they actually adhere to them! So much temporary signage in the system! Hurts my eyes and confuses my brain!

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Postby trigonalmayhem » Tue Jun 29, 2004 6:59 pm

I actually kind of like the stickers they put up on the maps to inform of the shuttle service.

They work well with the rest of the map and I feel that they're pretty clear and informative.



I wish I could say the same about night owl signage for certain lines (often there's little indication at a closed station of where to board the night owl, and not every station has MBTA employees directing people to the proper bus).
But I guess it's already been established around here that the MBTA hates the night owl service anyway, so it figures.
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Postby Pete » Wed Jun 30, 2004 12:03 pm

Otto Vondrak wrote:I'm a graphic designer (for what it's worth) and I think that "edited" sign is damn funny.

MBTA has a great set of graphic standards that were developed in the 1960's... they are great when they actually adhere to them! So much temporary signage in the system! Hurts my eyes and confuses my brain!


I was thoroughly impressed with the MBTA's kit of graphics when I first saw the system. It's a clean, bold, direct set. But it's sooooo sloppily applied! The whole thing is so slapdash! Like many aspects of NY's system then (1989) and now, the T seemed so far ahead in it's graphics then, and NY hasleapfrogged it in the 15 years since. NY is *consistent* in its presentation of information, an easy concept to grasp to everyone but whatever weak links in the T who figure they've been around long enough and don't need to be bothered with any silly rules of design.

Sorry, I'm really picky about user-friendliness as a key component of effective marketing of the system.
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Postby CS » Thu Jul 01, 2004 4:12 pm

The MBTA has a very great system as far as signs go. Temporary signs.... are horrible. The MBTA would save passengers a lot of confusion if they would apply what they did at North Station with other projects such as the Red Line Rehabilitation.
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Postby efin98 » Thu Jul 01, 2004 8:10 pm

You would be surprised at how many "temporary" signs remain permanent. Some places it gives a glimmer of hope that projects and services will get upgrades and allow things to return to "normal"(if there is such a thing on the T). Oh well, at least some of the signs give you chuckles when you read them :wink:
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