10/30/2005

JFK to Kendall Sq/Central Sq to Ruggles/"T-time"

08:25 - arrived at JFK
08:37 - departed JFK
08:51 - arrived Kendall/MIT

Total commute: 26 minutes
Total time in transit: 14 minutes
Total wait: 12 minutes

Again, can't complain. Made good time, especially for a Sunday morning. All that was notable about the trip was that there was vomit, quite a lot of it actually, presumably from late last night or earlier this morning, on the stairs to the platform at JFK/UMass. I took a picture but will refrain from posting it, unless I get requests.

09:21 - arrived Central Square
09:23 - departed Central Square
09:31 - arrived Downtown Xing
09:36 - departed Downtown Xing
09:43 - arrived Ruggles

Total commute: 22 minutes
Total time in transit: 15 minutes
Total wait: 7 minutes

Pretty average. We're seeing about a 1:1 ratio of waiting around to moving, which, I guess, is bearable. I don't know. Is it? Is this how it should be? There is a symmetry to it that's pleasing here, from the comfort of home and the distance of time, but (speaking of time) as Einstein's famous theory tells us, time is not constant.

Therefore, What I propose is that time waiting on the T (herafter "T-time") be waited double non-T-time (which, for the sake of convenience we'll call "real time" from here on out).

Now, admittedly, there has yet to be a serious discussion of T-time, and so no consensus on an actual, viable formula for it. Mine is crude, I'll admit. there are many, many factors at play here, from the day of the week, to the time of day, to the weather. Not to mention individuals' vastly different and varying perceptions of time. It may be that t = r X 2 is not really adequate. If anyone has a better suggestion, I'm all ears.

For me, the above formula seems close enough for weekends, but, I haven't really thought about weekdays yet, when there are time pressures which often extend perceived wait time well beyond two-to-one...

3 Comments:

At 10/31/2005 9:03 AM, Blogger katiebakes said...

Can I rage against the MTA or is this a Boston only site? Cause last night the 6 train I was on pulled into Union Square, one of the stops where you can transfer to the 4/5 express train. The 4/5 had already pulled in, and looked like it was about to leave. However, it sat there idle, leading an entire 6 train thinking that it was going to wait for us to transfer over before leaving. It sat ... and sat ... our doors opened ... we walked out ... it sat ... we crossed the platform ... came within inches of entering the car ... and the doors closed and it pulled away without all of us. I almost threw myself onto the tracks in an absolute fury.

 
At 10/31/2005 11:43 AM, Blogger BrianB said...

It would be great when you are doing time comparisons to also, in () or such, to include the length of time the MBTA web site says the trip should take. Also, same thing with wait times. Like, the fequency indicated on the MBTA web site vs. how long it actually took the train to show up.

 
At 11/03/2005 6:16 PM, Anonymous Tony said...

On the T warping time and space, you have to add into the equation such variables as the time of day, the mood of the crowd and how much of a hurry you are in. Large, angry, impatient groups of commuters are like a black hole and start swallowing up all of the
available light, slowing time to a near standstill,and only the arrival of a train collapses the waveform. Though the trains that shoot through the station, a truly Red Line phenomena can act to further retard time passage and raise the whole rage quota.
They're so sneaky too. The trains will slow down and just when you are expecting the cars to stop, they start picking up speed again. If you haven't experienced this yet, it will give you something to look forward to. Park Street is an especially good place for this particular occurance. It could be worse, you could be relying on the Green Line, worst of all the B line. Famous for crappy service and BU and BC students. Remind me to tell you some Green Line stories.

 

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