Shortly after 9 a.m., inbound Red Line service was halted so that EMTs could take a sick passenger off a train at Kendall. But service was delayed even before that due to another passenger who decided the best way to get help was to pull the emergency brake - while the train was still in the tunnel between Central and Kendall. A passenger on the... Read more
Sebastian Zapata shows us the long lines at Forest Hills this morning as Orange Line riders try to add a month of value to their CharlieCards. It's not just that so many people do that as the fact that, as Kyle Geiste explains:
Weirdness on the MBTA machines at Forest Hills. Can't process credit cards. Long lines, employees tapping people through.
Naturally, this... Read more
JB Parrett photographs the Zakim Bridge from under the Green Line viaduct across the Charles.
Some sort of electrical problem at Sullivan Square means the T is now busing Orange Line riders between Wellington and North Station.
Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan has told the MBTA he intends to retire. Although he has yet to set a specific date, the T is already advertising his position.
MacMillan is the first Transit Police chief to rise through the ranks of the force, which he joined as an officer in 1983.
In 1990, he became a sergeant; in 2004 a lieutenant and... Read more
Does anybody know when weekend service disruptions on the Red Line between North Quincy and JFK/UMass will end? It seems like it's been happening a lot this summer. Currently, the MBTA web site shows that buses will replace the trains for two weekends in August. Is this part of a larger project that will have a definite end date, or just business as usual for... Read more
The Red Line and the Green Line (C in particular) have had better mornings, as have their riders.
And speaking of the Green Line, at 11, some folks will see if they can outrun the Green Line between BC and Blandford Street. Watch them live.
MassDOT and the City are designing a new Cambridge Street, but while we have waited for these plans to become a reality there have been multiple pedestrian and cyclist deaths on Cambridge Street in recent years.
As we plan for the future, the new street needs world-class design for mass transit and people walking, running, and biking. But safety measures can't wait!
People who walk,... Read more
The MBTA today announced a contract with a new WiFi provider for commuter rail it says will mean more reliable free access to e-mail for riders - and the option to add full Internet service for $15 a month.
InMotion Wireless will build a $5.6 million WiFi network for trains that will also cover commuter ferries and South, North and Back Bay stations, at no... Read more
When caught, Hollingsworth will face charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and various gun-related charges.
If you know where he is, you can call detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an... Read more
MBTAgifts has started selling Sesame Rings, which let you store your CharlieCard data on a ring, instead of on some boring old plastic card.
Last year, a group of MIT students launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them commercialize the rings.
THERE IS NO VALUE ON THE RING AS SOLD. Value must be added at a CharlieCard machine at an MBTA station.... Read more
The Orange Line inbound is shut down this morning between North Station and Back Bay as emergency responders deal with the situation. The person was still alive when taken off the tracks for transport to a local hospital.
At 9:28 a.m., Gareth K. reported: reports:
Just got off the orange line which from what we could tell hit something in the tracks, emergency... Read more
Anywhere she wants.
Alison Farquhar recounts an incident on a Red Line shuttle out of Broadway this afternoon:
Belligerent old Polish lady INSISTED the JFK/Andrew shuttle should drop her off at Old Harbor... so it did.
It would be one thing if she accidentally got on the wrong bus and it was too late, but she was stalwart.
Before it even left Broadway:... Read more
Casey Kolenda, arrested this past spring on charges he used a magnetic "skimmer" and large numbers of regular CharlieCards to create at least 3,000 bogus monthly Link Passes, was formally indicted by a grand jury yesterday for the alleged forgeries. Officials estimate the cards cost the T $225,000 in lost revenue.
Innocent, etc.... Read more
The T and Keolis say Amtrak's signal system failed on the Northeast Corridor this morning, and since Amtrak and the T's commuter trains share some of the same tracks and stations, that led to massive delays and exhortations to riders that they just get off at Back Bay or JFK and ride the subway into town - with assurances their commuter-rail passes would get them... Read more