An illustrated guide to the people seen on the T

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An illustrated guide to the people seen on the T

After a month-long hiatus, the orange line will soon be back in service. Do you remember these characters? Did you miss them? Are you one of them?‎

Jhe Orange Line is expected to come back online on Monday, and Boston residents are preparing to resume their regular trips. And by extension — headaches.

Navigating the T requires a certain type of tenacity. It’s strong. It’s packed with people. Sometimes it’s delayed. Here and there sparks fly. But many commuters can probably agree that it’s the other runners on the T that really complete the chaos.

Here’s an illustrated guide to the archetypes you’ll likely run into while riding the MBTA. (And we realize there are many, many more. Let us know in the comments.)

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The pillar

Last in, first out. They refuse to stand anywhere but right by the door, perpetually in everyone’s way. Go around, go under or get locked in – and wait seven more minutes for the next train.‎

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The Walking Dead

Eyes half closed. Barely paid attention. They may be physically on the T, but their minds are upside down. As the doors close they realize – oops, that was my stop.

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The DJ

There’s nothing quite like the sound of portable speakers playing someone else’s music. Don’t they read the “rider tag” signs? Bring headphones and spare us your beats, please!‎

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the eater

What is. This smell? Oh. Just someone who enjoys their lunch without worrying about its spiciness. Granola bars? OKAY. Big Mac ? Please, no.

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The urban hiker

Dear trail enthusiasts: take off your huge backpack on the MBTA. When you do, more people can ride and you won’t run over your fellow riders. Happier campers all around.‎

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The dropper

Of course, bring your iced coffee on the T. This is Boston, after all. But dropping it is another story. Now the ground is forever sticky and we ride to the sad sound of the empty plastic cup continuing to roll.‎

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September 1

We understood. You just scored at Allston Christmas. But you and that 10 x 12 mat you just bought have to get a U-Haul.‎

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Newbury Street

They take place for themselves, that’s good. But also one on each side for TJ Maxx, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom Rack, Ralph Lauren. Shopping bags don’t need their own seat, but this woman holding a baby definitely does.‎

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The away team

A telltale sign of who’s in town and what the Boston sports team is playing. You’re on board among a sea of ​​gray and it hits: oh yeah, there’s a Sox-Yankees game at Fenway tonight. Away team celebrations or lack thereof tell you who won.‎

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The Hugger Pole

The posts on the MBTA are nothing less than lifelines for seatless commuters. What about when a person presses their whole body against them, preventing someone else from clinging? You are dealing with a common post guard. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.


Brittany Bowker can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @brittbowker and on Instagram @brittbowker.

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