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It’s not me, MBTA, it’s you

Breaking up is hard to do. But Tory Bullock is following his heart.

From the lack of late-night service, fare increases, and frequent delays, the Boston resident has decided it’s time to part ways with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

In a video posted to Facebook Sunday titled “The Breakup,” Bullock lists the reasons — in tongue-in-cheek fashion — why he is no longer in love with the beleaguered transit system.

The video, which has been viewed more than 7,000 times, begins with Bullock staring longingly at a Green Line trolley as it pulls into a station. Biting on his lower lip and shaking his head, Bullock says, “You gotta do better, T.”


Bullock, who has a background in improvisation and comedy, then rattles off the reasons why he feels he can no longer “trust” the MBTA, and launches into a tirade about how rising ticket prices don’t seem to help improve service. (Bullock gets the price to ride the T wrong in his video, but he corrected his mistake in a Facebook post).

“You’re expensive now,” Bullock says. “You don’t even clean up like you used to ... and you’re giving me far less service than you used to give me.”

Bullock’s comedic breakup “letter” to the MBTA seems to have been sparked by a recent mishap on an Orange Line train at Back Bay Station, when an overheated motor sent smoke into the air, leading riders to smash train windows to escape.

“There are literally people breaking through windows because you are on fire,” Bullock says in the video, sitting on a bench having a heart-to-heart with the Green Line trolley.

“I don’t even know who you are anymore,” he says.

Bullock’s video isn’t a one-off attempt at humor. In February, the part-time Urban Improv teacher posted impromptu music videos for students, announcing cancellations due to various snowstorms.


His escapades on camera grabbed the attention of Boston City Councillors, as well the TODAY show.

Bullock said in an e-mail that he’s on “a one-man mission to unite the city through conversation,” which includes discussions, through humor, about ways to improve public transportation.

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.