On the Green Line? MBTA says, ‘Pay your fare, it’s only fair.’

The Green Line.
David Kamerman/Globe Staff
The Green Line.

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.

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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.

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.

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