Green Line riders may notice something different about their commutes Monday morning, and it’s not just the reopening of Government Center station.
This weekend, the MBTA introduced a recorded reminder that the rides aren’t free, even if you sneak into a rear trolley door with no payment box.
“Pay your fare, it’s only fair,” a recorded voice tells people boarding the trains. The punny notice was added along with announcements accounting for the reopening of Government Center station, according to MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo.
“It’s a friendly reminder to customers who board trolleys through middle and rear doors, asking them to proceed to the fare box next to the train operator,” said Pesaturo.
As riders got used to the new greeting, many took to online platforms to post reactions, sometimes with a dose of snark. Natalie Armacost, a junior at Boston University, shared her thoughts about the recent decision to raise fares and the elimination of late-night service.
@MBTA "pay your fare, it's only fair" how is it fair to get rid of late night service AND raise the fare?!— Natalie Armacost (@narms13) March 20, 2016
Armacost was riding the T Saturday night when she first heard the announcement. By the end of the ride, she was quite familiar with it.
“I was on the T on my way back from downtown to Brighton and it was at every stop, so you heard it over and over again,” she said in an interview.
Other riders sounded off about the new soundtrack to their travels.
New announcement appealing to guilt on the #MBTA? "Pay your fare; it's only fair." Every. Stop.— Jenny Mackintosh (@JennyMack) March 19, 2016
@MBTA I get that fare evasion is a huge problem, but the new "Pay your fare" announcements on the GL are both ineffective & infuriating— Michal Skrzypek (@limegroove) March 20, 2016
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Looks like @MBTA Green Line has some new tricks: "PAY YOUR FARE" and "Bus. Connection." I guess it's fair...— Joshua Fabian (@JFabi) March 20, 2016