The T

By - 11/17/17 - 3:00 pm

State transportation planners working on the long delayed plans to extend the Green Line past Lechmere will recommend next week that the MBTA hire a consortium of companies to do the work, at a potential cost of no more than $1.1 billion - on top of what the state's already spent on the work. Read more.

By - 11/17/17 - 9:11 am

An outbound Red Line train was put out of its misery at Kendall Square and now there are "minor" delays on the line, the MBTA reports.

By - 11/16/17 - 11:01 pm

The MBTA is urging Red Line riders to leave early to get where they're going from now until whenever:

Due to ongoing track work from Longfellow Bridge Project, trains will use reduced speeds between Kendall/MIT & Charles/MGH until further notice.

By - 11/16/17 - 11:56 am

MassDOT reports that 48 spaces at Needham Junction will no longer be available to commuters come Monday: Read more.

By - 11/16/17 - 10:03 am

Bloomberg reports a Japanese rail operator has publicly apologized because one of its trains left a Tokyo station 20 seconds early, possibly inconveniencing riders who would then have had to wait a whole four minutes for the next train. Bloomberg adds the conductor whose timetable error led to the early departure was warned to be more careful in the future.

H/t Ryan and Tim.

By - 11/15/17 - 4:51 pm

The MBTA's reporting "moderate" delays due to a train that refuses to budge at the Cambridge end of the line.

By - 11/14/17 - 5:57 pm
Orange Line cars in Shanghai

The MBTA's Joe Pesaturo shows us the first four new Orange Line cars on a dock in Shanghai, awaiting shipment here for testing (earlier, on the way to the port, he passed a convoy of trucks hauling the cars to the dock).

The cars should arrive next month for extensive testing on the brand-new tracks the T has been laying alongside the active Orange Line north of Boston (seen here from the Wellington skyway): Read more.

By - 11/13/17 - 6:32 pm

A MassDOT spokesperson reports the city told MBTA directors today it's ready to seriously map out how to get a dedicated bus lane on the narrow Washington Street between Forest Hills and Roslindale Square: Read more.

By - 11/12/17 - 1:26 pm
NFL game on a Red Line shuttle

They're busing Red Line riders between Park Street and Kendall Square today because Longfellow. And naturally, they've hired private coach buses rather than use T buses, so that means riders get comfy seats and, as Adam Castiglioni shows us, NFL football.

By - 11/11/17 - 10:26 pm

A train headed to Forest Hills mistakenly thought the cemetery was at Tufts and died there instead and now there are "minor" delays that way, the MBTA reports.

By - 11/10/17 - 12:57 pm

ComonWealth:

In a conversation with The Codcast, Adam Gaffin, the force behind Universal Hub, says things have changed over the years, with him now working the site full-time and covering City Council meetings and Licensing Board hearings.

“One of the things the mainstream media misses by not covering those meetings is a lot of the issues that come up in Boston percolate in the City Council,” Gaffin said. “A lot of their stuff is routine but there’s still stuff that keeps coming up.”

By - 11/10/17 - 10:51 am
Plant on the Red Line

There oughta be a Tumblr for this. But until then, Maggie spotted this guy and spider plant on the Red Line yesterday.

And Jingle Bull wondered how this guy navigated this plank onto a bus this morning: Read more.

By - 11/10/17 - 10:22 am

The Bulletin reports a recent meeting of the Clare Avenue Neighborhood Watch focused on how crowded the 32 bus on Hyde Park Avenue is. State Rep. Russell Holmes said the T might be able to add buses, but then the problem is that Hyde Park Avenue is too damn congested and the extra buses would only make that worse.

By - 11/10/17 - 9:44 am

The MBTA reports "minor" delay on the B Line inbound due to a train that kicked the bucket at Harvard Avenue.

By - 11/9/17 - 4:56 pm

The MBTA reports "moderate" delays on the Red Line outbound between Harvard and Alewife because of a train that kicked the bucket.

By - 11/9/17 - 12:22 pm

A trolley that flat-lined at Arlington means "severe" delays on the Green Line, the MBTA reports. At 12:16 p.m., Matthew Miller took advantage of that sweet in-tunnel WiFi:

Green line westbound is at a standstill - was saying a disabled train at Arlington while we were sitting at Park for 20 minutes, but now we moved a little bit and are still stuck

By - 11/9/17 - 9:43 am
Important documents

Lindsay Eagle reports she found what "looks to be very important legal files" on an Ashmont-bound Red Line train around 8:30 this morning. She turned them into a T agent at JFK/UMass.

By - 11/8/17 - 3:21 pm

About 18 hours after somebody was hit and killed by a commuter-rail train in Chelsea, somebody has been hit and killed by another train, this time by an Amtrak train in downtown Ashland. Transit Police report a man, 62, was hit and killed by the train at Front Street around 1:50 p.m..

By - 11/8/17 - 9:46 am
Scene of fatal pedestrian and train crash in Chelsea

Everett Street crossing after the fatality. Photo by KMV.

Transit Police report a 21-year-old man died around 9 p.m. yesterday when he disregarded the downed gates and flashing lights at the Everett Street crossing and tried to walk across the tracks, only to get hit by an outbound Rockport Line train.

By - 11/7/17 - 5:42 pm

A train died at Downtown Crossing and now the MBTA reports "moderate" delays towards Ashmont and Braintree. Peter Amstutz reports the train had help on its journey across the River Styx:

at RL at DTX, was a commotion & someone yelling stop the train, someone pulled emergency break, whole train out of service!