Starts & Stops

Cape traffic leads to entertaining tweets

Traffic at the Bourne Bridge (shown here on Labor Day weekend last year) frequently inspires frustration — and humor.
Bill Greene/Globe Staff/File 2012
Traffic at the Bourne Bridge (shown here on Labor Day weekend last year) frequently inspires frustration — and humor.

There’s a certain guilty pleasure that comes from reading about other people’s horrific traffic experiences without having to experience them. And so, when I heard that traffic coming off Cape Cod last weekend was basically the worst thing that’s ever happened in the world, I couldn’t resist taking a look at the Tweets emanating from Route 6.

And I’m not going to lie: They were funny.

“Wait, hold up, traffic to get off the cape is TWENTY-FIVE MILES? 25?” Tweeted @Mark_Chiarelli last Sunday. “Good lord.”


“Cape Cod traffic is the worst thing you can ever imagine. I don’t wish this on anyone in life,” wrote @CoachRix8.

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“You don’t know adversity until you sit in Cape traffic for 3 hours with no A.C.,” said user @DelaneyFlynn.

Existential loathing about the perils of weekend Cape-going was coupled with the anguish of some travelers who were devastated to miss Wimbledon and ended up following Andy Murray’s history-making triumph on their iPhones.

Probably, a lot of these people shouldn’t have been on their smartphones anyway, considering the fact that they were operating a motor vehicle — even if that vehicle was moving at a painfully slow crawl.

But reading their heart-wrenching dispatches, it’s hard not to have sympathy with their need to connect with the outside world.


“Would rather pour a bottle of shampoo in my eyes than sit in this car any longer,” wrote Darby McLaughlin.

“Like HOW is there still this much traffic going off cape,” said @Faynetastic.

And in a wonderfully holiday-appropriate, though perhaps somewhat inaccurate quote of one of our founding fathers, @TheNEClassic declared: “‘There are 3 sure things in life: death, taxes, and Cape Cod Fourth of July Traffic.’ —Benjamin Franklin.”

And some enjoyed the delights of Cape Cod traffic from a decidedly nonvehicular location.

After re-Tweeting MassDOT’s Sagamore Bridge update, @JamiePGallagher declared what everyone else was thinking: “I love my couch right now.”

New GM for commuter rail


The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company has new leadership: Bonnie Murphy, deputy associate administrator for safety compliance and program implementation at the Federal Railroad Administration, is becoming the commuter rail’s new general manager. She will replace Hugh Kiley, the current general manager, who has fulfilled his three-year contract.

Before working for the federal government, she was chief operating officer for Trinity Railway Express, a commuter railroad that operates in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and she has also worked for Amtrak.

“MBCR will continue to focus on service delivery, consistent on-time train performance, and safety in its operation,” Murphy said in a prepared statement last week, “as well as introduce innovations and enhancements that will benefit our customers.”

Back Bay shoppers beware

Local residents planning on pursuing Back Bay shopping Sunday should beware: Exit 22 on the eastbound lanes of the Mass Pike leading to the Prudential Center will be closed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s “Circle the City” car-free event on Sunday.

Martine Powers can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @martinepowers.