MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby SM89 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:56 am

I'm VP of my school's ITE and was wondering if anyone knew who I would need to contact to arrange a tour for our group of either the Everett shops or BET. Thanks.
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby 3rdrail » Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:35 pm

I've got a call in for you as we speak. I'll let you know if anything turns up.
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby SM89 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:26 pm

Awesome thanks!
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby 3rdrail » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:38 am

Go to your private messages, SM89.
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby SM89 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:25 pm

Had my tour today! I was amazed at how big the building was in person.
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby ns3010 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:34 pm

This seems awesome! I'll definitely have to go on one (or more! :-)) or more of the tours once I'm going to school in Boston next year.
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby SM89 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:07 am

Where are you going?
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby ns3010 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:44 am

SM89 wrote:Where are you going?


I'll be starting at Northeastern University in the fall.

EDIT: Check your PM's, so that we can avoid taking the thread further off topic.
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby jwhite07 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:59 am

Congrats, Joe. I'm sure you'll do well, just don't get too distracted sitting on the upper floors of the Snell Library looking down at the Corridor. And if I remember past mention, I think Paul can join me in this one - GO HUSKIES!

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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby ns3010 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:41 pm

Thanks, Mr. White! I'm absolutely ecstatic about going there, since it was my first choice, but wasn't able to commit until last week. Can't wait to get up there in the fall!

To get back on topic, it seems like the turnaround time between requesting a tour and getting an invitation is about a week (aside from tours that have already been booked for the next few months and are not accepting requests at the time). The invitation seems to come a few days in advance of the tour. Would this be accurate?
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby SM89 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:23 pm

I emailed them at the end of March and they said they would get back to me with some dates soon. A few weeks later and after an email requesting a date before April 18 (our last day of classes), I was given the tour this past Tuesday. They were pretty accomodating, even setting up a shuttle bus from Sullivan for us. I just wish I had more time as it was hard to publicize it with less than a week's notice.
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby 3rdrail » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:09 pm

They are very accomodating, asking only to be contacted in advance for a reservation and to limit a group to 10-12. It sounds like a great tour. I have never been through there and would like to some day. Actually, the last yard I toured was the Southampton Yard about 4:30 AM in my cruiser ! Congratulations ns3010 on NU. You'll have a blast at NU and come out with a diploma that should be very valuable !
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby Adams_Umass_Boston » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:18 pm

3rdrail wrote:They are very accommodating, asking only to be contacted in advance for a reservation and to limit a group to 10-12. It sounds like a great tour. I have never been through there and would like to some day. Actually, the last yard I toured was the Southampton Yard about 4:30 AM in my cruiser ! Congratulations ns3010 on NU. You'll have a blast at NU and come out with a diploma that should be very valuable !
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Do you think they will ever give tours of other yards? I have always wanted one of the Heights.
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby ck4049 » Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:30 pm

Has anyone on here signed up for a BET tour and has not gone yet?
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby danib62 » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:41 pm

So I finally got to go on my tour today. I got the Everett one. It was pretty neat. The T essentially has the capability to fabricate a lot of random parts themselves for various vehicles for less than what they'd pay the OEMs for. Definitely a neat trip just don't expect to see any busses or trains up close b/c you'll be sorely disappointed.
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