Reporting Karen Anderson
BOSTON (CBS) – Two days after Governor Deval Patrick was caught by WBZ-TV going to work in an SUV for the start of “Car Free Week,” the governor took the T into the city Wednesday.
“It’s leave your car at home week. Frankly, on Monday I didn’t know that and I got busted,” Patrick told reporters as he rode on a standing-room only trolley on the MBTA’s Mattapan line.
The Governor says on Monday he didn’t know his administration had sent out a press release urging commuters to leave their cars at home this week, and take public transportation. Yesterday he was at four different cities through the day. Wednesday, he had meetings in Boston and planned to walk or take the T to all of his events.
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Patrick took the Mattapan trolley from Milton to Ashmont and from there took the Red Line to South Station.
The Governor says this was his commute for ten years, when he worked at a law firm in the city.
He greeted other T riders, including some freshman heading off to Boston College High School.
Passengers on the train were impressed with their surprise visitor. One woman said, “I think it’s awesome.” Another added, “We do it every day, the ups and downs of it, so if he knows what we’re going through, he might be more sympathetic to us.”
The Governor used his Charlie Card and was pleased to see the new Ashmont T station. “That’s pretty darn exciting,” he said. He says he’s been working with the Department of Transportation to make up for years of deferred service to improve public transportation across the state.
When he arrived in Boston, he gave his commute rave reviews: “It was fabulous! The service was terrific I’m on time for my meeting. It’s a gorgeous day.”
As for his trip home, the Governor has a late public schedule and wasn’t sure how he’d be returning to Milton.