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The singing driver

blusteryday
The Green Line trolley has a new driver (at least I've not heard his commentaries before) that several of my fellow riders believed was drunk the other night. Having ridden in his trolley several times now, I know know that he was not drunk, but is always this "bizarre!".

He gives commentaries throughout the ride, announcing the stops and the side of the car that the door is going to open on with a dramatic flourish, telling the passengers on the trolley to wave and smile at all the riders who couldn't fit on our car, announcing our average speed (25 mph) and average elevation ("ground level" or "below ground level"), and on this recent Saturday: he SANG to us, as we were preparing to disboard at Park "...if you leave me now, you'll take away the biggest part or me....".

He also apologized for his "ramblings" but indicated that he was bored, and that talking to us helped keep him awake. And he further explained, that the alternative of a sleeping T driver, was not a good thing.

Anyone else ride on this guy's trolley?

Vikram
I've been on his trolley many times and it's always fun to see how people react to him. I've seen people laugh out loud as well as move to the back to get away from him.

I think he's so much fun, wish there were more like him.

Brant
AAAAAAH! The wacky Green Line trolley guy! I know exactly who you're talking about, Blusteryday! My girlfriend and I have both been on the trolley with him, and heard his various weird monologues! I think he's awesome! It totally makes the time pass quicker when you're riding the T.


Comments

I so have been on that guys train before. Hes great!

June 15, 2003 07:16 PM

There's also a "singing motorwoman" too. A couple of years ago I took an outbound Cleveland Circle ride home starting at Park Street, and she announces on the speakers with a speech of something close to this: "Hello fellow passengers. My name is Linda and I welcome you to riding on the MBTA. To make your ride more pleasant and enjoyable, you should introduce yourself to the person next to you on a first name basis." Everyone in the train breaks out in a smile or a chuckle. I've been on her train numerous times.

June 25, 2003 05:36 PM

"Folks please remember to take all personal belongings, such as bags, packages, and small children"

or maybe

"AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHLINGTON!!"

he's a riot. it's...um..the same jokes again and again...but it's funny

November 19, 2003 12:30 PM

That is by far the best T-Driver!! My friend and I got on his trolly many times, and approached him to let him know he was the coolest person in the world!
"....Please remember to take all personal belongings, .........small children."

December 6, 2003 02:12 PM

Hi guys, I am glad that you are all familiar with this T operator. I am an Emerson College student and I am currently, with his assistance, making a doumentary on him. We are shooting this spring, I'd love to talk to some of you guys, if anyone is interested write me, Elizabeth_May@emerson.edu

February 15, 2004 06:36 PM

I went into the Pat's parade with some friends and we had the pleasure of riding with the singing driver. We had a great time listening to all of his jokes, but by far the highlight of the ride was at the Park St. stop where he said, "For all of you getting off at this next stop I hope you have a wonderful day, but be carful because the hand in your back pocket may not be your own."

March 19, 2004 04:36 PM

May or may not have been the same guy, but as I rode in on the Riverside Line to a Red Sox game last August, the driver was especially talkative, coming up with a different way to tell us to "please move to the back of the cah" at each stop. By Brookline the car was packed to the gills, and it was a weekend so nearly everyone was on their way to the game. The best line was his last as we left Longwood station:
"Fenway, Fenway Pahk is next. Home of the Boston Red Sox...[pause]...It'll be sad to see yizall go."
Ah, the perfect use of imperfect language.

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