New Boarding Procedures Discussion

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Re: New Boarding Procedures Discussion

Postby enterprise11 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:15 pm

Prior to this boarding procedure (head two cars, head double on the mini high) being implemented in 2009, how were off-peak trains run? Did passengers just sit in whichever coach they wanted and let themselves out? If so, how did crew members collect all the revenue and make it to their doors, especially on lines with tightly clustered stops like the Needham?
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Re: New Boarding Procedures Discussion

Postby AEM7AC920 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:46 pm

The answer to people siting wherever they wanted is a flat out no! If they did that then it would be a free for all for the people. Common practice for the most part was second or second and third coming inbound and vice versa going out.
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Re: New Boarding Procedures Discussion

Postby Rbts Stn » Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:19 pm

AEM7AC920 wrote:The answer to people siting wherever they wanted is a flat out no! If they did that then it would be a free for all for the people. Common practice for the most part was second or second and third coming inbound and vice versa going out.

Yep.

I used to work near South Station, and 3 of us had a meeting in Back Bay. We all had monthly passes and the weather was lousy so we went to South Station to catch the first train heading to Back Bay. To save time at Back Bay, and since we knew the stairs up to Dartmouth street were at the west end of the platform, we walked down the platform steps to get on a car near the engine. Pulled into Back Bay, noticed the door wasn't open and there was a wall beyond it. Quickly ran through cars until we were at one that showed daylight (ok, station light) through the window and got off just as the train started to continue westwardly.

This was pre-smart phone, so not sure what we would have done had we had to continue to Forest Hills or beyond and had to make our way back to a meeting that should have been a 20 minute walk at worst.
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