[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPWxs8FVSJM&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]Taking eight months to complete, at no cost to the T, Boston Under: After Hours is an MBTA production done with volunteers from the media department of the Department of Revenue.
For years, the T ridership have constantly voiced their concerns and grievances over not enough trains or too-short service hours. Now it is time for the T to talk back. Filmed between the hours of 1am-5am, over the course of a few months, this film gives us a behind the scenes look at what goes on along Boston’s subway lines when facilities are closed to the public. The documentary follows the various T crews, down into the tunnels and along the tracks. as they work through the night to ensure the safety of the T through emergency repairs and maintenance work; an asset that T riders, for the most part, are completely unaware is going on after their working days have long since ended.
Featured in Boston Under: After Hours is Pat Kineavy, Director of Physical Infrastructure and Maintenance. Even having held this position for so long, he is still impressed and proud of just how much work gets accomplished by these night-shift teams in a matter of hours, Kineavy tells Metro. The crews work hard and fast to make sure all the lines can be up-and-running for the morning commute. For the crew members, their jobs are all about teamwork, accomplishment, and safety. Unfortunately, those accomplishments go unnoticed by the most regular commuters, who take advantage of the after hours work that gets them to their own day jobs on a daily basis. As shown in the documentary, many still complain that the T does not run late enough and that it’s difficult to plan to go out at night when there is no definite means of getting home via public transportation.
The 45-minute film goes on to describe the history of Boston’s T systems and how it has been developed into the public transit amenity of today. It also gives the maintenance staff working behind the scenes a voice to what, in turn, frustrates them about T riders and their blatant lack of concern for safety around subway lines.
The video is available on Youtube and the T’s website.
Video by AfterHoursMBTA, Youtube.