I remember Howie's story about intercepting a cellphone or radio call trying to decide if Dukakis should arrive by car or on foot to some event in Boston. The aides decided to drop the gov off a block or two away so he could appear to have walked from his office.
I generally hated the Green Line, but only because they scheduled it to arrive at BU five minutes before evening classes got out, and making connections to the Orange Line was pain, since that was the time those cars went out of service, and rather than wait for another train, I'd hoof the tunnel to the Orange line, usually missing that train by 5-15 seconds. I think it was about 20 minutes to the next one.
Off topic, but I was in grad school at BU when Dukakis was in and everyone (well, the Globe) was praising his humble simplicity in taking the Green Line. I'd stand in Copley Station 20 minutes waiting for a Commonwealth Ave car I could get on, and just count the nearly empty Riverside (Dukakis' line) cars streaming by.
I do recall reading a story about Dukakis and the T: He apparently had some "important" out of state guests and wanted to show off the T by taking them on it when they went to lunch -- only no one told the T. So the trains were running on their usual non-rush hour schedule, and they had to wait something like half an hour. I gather Dukakis was livid at being embarrassed like that! I always thought during those years that I wouldn't mind taking the T either -- if they'd only run it according to my schedule!
It's the urine smell that turns me off. To each his own, I suppose.