When I say “train quotes,” I don’t mean the train is talking: I mean automated stop announcements. Anyone reading this blog has likely been on a train with automated stop announcements; it’s when there’s an automatic prerecorded speaker that says the names of the stops with a display screen. It’s a nice touch, and it’s much better than older trains, where the driver says the names of the stops. With those, the speakers are either too muffled to be understood (see the previous Transit Tales) or the driver doesn’t even bother to say the stop names. Based on that, the automated stop announcements are a welcome addition 95% of the time. However, they glitch on occasion. Here are some of the most memorable:

  • On a Red Line ride towards Boston, the speaker kept saying “Next stop: Davis Square” even though we were nowhere near Davis Square.
  • My friends were riding the Red Line, entering Porter Square. The speaker said, “Next stop: Quincy Adams” while the display said “Entering Harvard.”
  • Riding a Green Line C train towards Cleveland Circle, the speaker said, “The destination of this train is: Cleveland Circle [BEEP!] Reservoir [BEEP!] Reservoir.”

Leave a comment if you experience a Memorable Train Quote, and I’ll compile them into another post when I get enough.

By the way, here’s a video about the person who does the automated voices, Frank Oglesby Jr: