‘Busted’ Patrick Takes T To Work For Car-Free Week

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV

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.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

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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.

  • eddwal50

    nice try governor last week you proclaimed this week would be car free week in Ma. so how did you forget ? oh thats right you are a politician you forget a lot of promises

  • yamstar1

    So the Gov says on Monday “I didn’t know I got caught” which means without the TV crew at the end of his driveway, he would have blown the car-free commute off for the whole week. What a phony

  • Mark

    What’s the matter channel 4 don’t like my comments? That’s why I don’t watch your news casts.

    • emom

      I post things on here all the time just rile people up.
      Do I kiss butt, YES.
      Is it wrong? No…I’m just being me.
      You could learn a thing or two from me.

  • Mark

    Devolve is an elitist who thinks he knows better than we common folk and feels he shouldn’t have to set an example. Do what I say not what I do peasants.

  • Jim

    He’s a fraud just like the rest of them. Did he seriously think we would think it’s time to ride the T? If he didn’t get caught he wouldn’t be riding it. That’s how ignorant he really is?

  • Barry

    I agree with all of U guys. Coup Deville is just another liar elected to office thanks to Cahill and crooked politics. Cahill knew he would NEVER be elected as did Coup Deville. Between the two they got Coup Deville another term. If he actually thinks we believe ANYTHING he says he is very mistaken Liar liar pants on fire.. That Stupid statement when the Illegal killed the Motorcyclist, was another blunder.Remender what he said, drunk driving not being an illegal was the cause of that accident. BS Gov.. By the way I thought we were innocent until proven guilty. Our Gov. has already determined the Illegal was drunk. without a trial.. DUMB, just Dumb.

  • eddwal50

    jefferson you are a jerk bring race into the comment section go hide under your white sheet

  • sean

    So Deval is now saying he didn’t know it was car free week so clearly he dioesn’t know what goes on in his office. Second, he proclaimed last week that this was car free week and when he got caught Monday he said that he was busted. Now he’s saying he didn’t know at all and now that he has been caught he called media outlets to follow him for the one day out of the week he will take public transportation. I’d like to know if he paid to ride the T.

  • taxedout

    Folks…doesn’t make a Difference in This state….They LOVE the guy!!!! Enjoy 4 more years of Lies, and Smirks!!!!

  • drywell

    okay, I get it…you wanted to catch him going against his word, just another polititan. Aren’t there more important stories like the town, city, state, and government workers sucking us dry, who file fraudulent workers comp claims, double dip pensions,and don’t want to pay for health care? These people would never make it in the private sector where they actually have to perform for a paycheck and don’t have a union to protect them when they get caught slacking off! Make them pay their way, 401K, $25 office visits, and $100 ER visits like the rest of us….we have no more money for taxes!

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