Monday, July 11, 2011

Customized MBTA

on saturday we were in the green line, and saw those 2 chairs! i really had to suppress the urge to go and sit on them, as we had to stand. no clue whom they belonged to. perhaps it was some sort of social experiment? who is going to sit on such a chair?
or maybe it was because the MBTA is trying to renew itself? i read in the newspaper this morning that the MBTA (which stands for massachusetts bay transportation authority, or the T, in short) is thinking of selling "station naming rights". as such, the T would incorporate both the station name and a corporate brand into the renamed facility. in doing so, they could avoid an increase in fare prices, which would be a good thing (although i think the T is really cheap, especially compared to the netherlands, where it is ridiculously expensive) but can you imagine the weird names wealthy people could come up with? or mc donalds could name a T stop after itself? hmmmmpf, i think its not a good idea; we would have to replace our shower curtain that has a map of the subway system each time someone buys a new T stop!
i think they should start smaller; why not selling seats on the T? then you are guaranteed to always have a seat! the bigger the seat, the more you paid... ;) and ofcourse, you can customize your seat, as above. that just must have been a pilot experiment. it worked, nobody sat on them!

7 comments:

Dennis Ferrol said...

Nice pic
Nice story :)

biebkriebels said...

Funny picture, looks cosy, like a living room. I share your opinion that it could be an experiment to see what people would do.
About yesterday, yes I ignored not because I have no opinion, but I get a bit tired of the rules that rule the society nowadays. Some people think you get a better life with more rules. It is the daily discussion here with our present political climate. In changing times that is something they hold on as security.

Tim said...

but the chairs are in the handicapped spot.. surely if the T did this there would be big complaints...

Sylvia Neumann said...

hahaha, nice pic! I read yesterday that in a subway station in south corea a grocery store put up giant pictures of their shelfs and then you could scan the bar code with your smart phone of the things you wanted and when you arrived home, your groceries would be delivered to your house. Man, I feel outdated....

biebkriebels said...

Yes mister T, if you did, I think you would have had to proove that you are handicapped or you were led away(again).
CaT, don't worry about me, it is allright, those discussions are always difficult on a blog. I won't leave because of a T...

Steffe said...

A bit confusing, looks like a prank to me.

Roland said...

what an improvement