Think You Know a Thing or Two About the MBTA? Prove It.
LivableStreets Alliance will host a trivia night dedicated to the MBTA so someone in Boston can claim bragging rights.
Millions of people board various MBTA buses and trains each week in order to get around Boston and surrounding cities and towns, but how much do riders really know about the public transportation system that they spend a portion of their day commuting on?
This week, straphangers can put their T knowledge to the test.
During a first-of-its-kind event, the LivableStreets Alliance, an organization that advocates the use of biking, walking, and using public transit, is challenging locals to take on âTârivia Night,â at Lir on Boylston Street, for a chance to earn the title of most-knowledgeable MBTA rider.Â âWhether you’re a transit history buff, take the T only once a week, or are obsessed with the MBTA twitter feed, this event is for you! Come test your knowledge on Greater Boston’s transit system,â the organization says about the March 28 event.
The trivia challenge is free and open to the public, but donations between $5 to $10 are encouraged. Prizes will include vintage posters of the T, and other goodies. Attendees can form teams (and come up with catchy T-related names, as is custom on trivia nights), or form a group with other random T riders once they get to the bar.Whether participants want to flaunt their public transit knowledge or not, LivableStreets encourages people to attend so riders can âlearn some new facts and history about the âT.ââ
Kara Oberg, program manager with LivableStreets, says both the popularity and unpopularity of the T, and everything going on in terms of late night service discussions and future funding issues made it an ideal time to have âa fun event while drawing awarenessâ to the transportation systemâs state-wide struggles. While she wouldnât give specifics, Oberg says questions will range from a warm up round of basic stats, followed by questions about ridership numbers, the frequented lines and the Tâs funding dilemma, so riders should brush up before Thursdays event.Â Oberg says there will also be neighborhood-centric topics. âIt will be half local knowledge, and half advocacy and funding,â she says.
In the days after the event, LivableStreets will host a Town Hall-style Twitter forum and answer ridersâ questions about the cash-strapped transportation agency.
On April 1, from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m., passengers can take to social media using the hashtag âMATranspoTalkâ to get vital information about the MBTAâs finances and upcoming discussions in regards to potential fare increases and service cuts. Queries will be handled byÂ Lizzi Weyant, advocacy director of Transportation for Massachusetts, and Rafael Mares, staff attorney at Conservation Law Foundation.
On April 2, the group will continue its MBTA activism and join a host of other transit advocacy groups on the steps of the State House, during “Transportation Day,” and call for long-term transportation funding in Massachusetts.
Although Oberg wasnât too specific about the questions at Târivia night, Boston magazine wants to submit the following:
Which MBTA Line smells most like a bathroom urinal?
Where was stroller cat first spotted on the T?
Which train line is most likely to make you late for work?
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2013/03/27/think-you-know-all-about-the-mbta-here-is-a-chance-to-prove-it/