I think your Great Race (Item, April 8) made some bad assumptions.
Assume for a moment that you work in the Financial District, or at Macy’s, and you work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (just to make a livin’). There is very little chance that you could make a 5:15 p.m. train at North Station. So now you must wait until 5:30 p.m. when the next train leaves.
Arrival in Lynn Central: Ooops! It doesn’t stop in Lynn, so you’re screwed until 5:40 p.m. and arrival in Lynn is 6:02 p.m., or 11 minutes after your pal drives in to Lynn Central.
On the other hand your uber rich friend (Who else can afford to park at State Street) is in his car by 5:15 p.m. and on his way. But which way? The Tobin was never an option for me when I worked downtown. I hopped on the expressway and went through the Callahan and up onto Route 1A. Or crossed Atlantic Avenue into Southie and through the Ted Williams Tunnel.
I would like to see this exercise tried using various routes.