Standing in a train on a snowy evening

(With apologies to Robert Frost)

Whose trains these are I think I know.

His office is high atop Beacon Hill though.

He will not see me stopping here

To watch the tracks fill up with snow.



My out-of-town friends must think it queer

To stop without a station near

Between North Quincy and JFK

The coldest evening of the year.



Restless riders give their legs a shake

To keep their frozen limbs awake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of arctic winds and blowing flakes.



Reforms w/out revenue make frustrations run deep;

Improving public transit’s a promise to keep –

There are miles to go before advocates sleep.

There are miles to go before advocates sleep.

Meet the Author


Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy and transit-friendly New Year. James Aloisi is a former state secretary of transportation and a principal at the Pemberton Square Group.