Blue Line

By - 1/25/16 - 4:25 pm
Wanted for Maverick Square shooting

Transit Police report they have obtained a search warrant for the arrest of Rogelio Alvarado, 21, for last week's double shooting at the Maverick Blue Line station.

Alvarado faces charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, as well as a number of firearms violations, police say. Read more.

By - 1/19/16 - 4:06 pm
Old State House crowding for a Blue Line substitute bus

Beth Gavin gives us the bird's-eye view of Blue Line riders trying to get on one of the buses running instead of trains due to the investigation into the shooting at the Maverick Square T stop.

Read more.

By - 1/19/16 - 2:53 pm

Maverick Square. Photo by Justin Perricone.

UPDATE, 4:19 p.m. The Blue Line has resumed service through Maverick and Maverick Square has been re-opened to traffic.

Maverick Square is shut down as Transit and Boston Police investigate a double shooting inside the Blue Line station around 2:30 p.m.

One witness reports it happened on a train.

Buses are running instead of the Blue Line between Bowdoin and Airport. Congress Street downtown was shut between State and Washington due to congestion caused by all the buses.

By - 1/19/16 - 7:48 am

UPDATE: Another Blue Line train died, at Airport. More trolleys died, at Waban and Arlington.

So far this morning, trains have shuffled off this mortal coil on the Green Line (Brookline Village and Reservoir on the D and Washington Street on the B) and the Blue Line (State Street). Riders on the Orange and Red lines didn't miss any of the fun, however, due to what the T says are now fixed signal issues near Wellington and JFK/UMass (the Blue Line also had some signal woes). Red Line riders also saw trains slow due to the ongoing work on the Longfellow.

By - 12/29/15 - 5:12 pm
Waiting for a bus instead of the Blue Line downtown

Like the last train out of Paris, only Humphrey Bogart isn't involved. Photo by Alex Martland.

Just in time for rush hour, the T has shut the Blue Line, because something isn't right with the tunnel between State Street and Aquarium, as in a metal grate falling from the ceiling onto the tracks.

Buses are now running between Bowdoin and Maverick, after a fashion. Alex Martland reports:

This is going swimmingly. No signs, no one knows where to stand... Blue line gonna blue line.

By - 12/20/15 - 9:28 am
Scollay Under sign at Government Center MBTA station in downtown Boston

The MBTA has released a batch of photos showing the state of Govermment Center station as it approaches its spring, 2016 re-opening, still on schedule despite having to replace all the glass panes in the above-ground part of the station (if you click on the link, scroll down the page a bit for the photos).

Stairs and escalator take shape: Read more.

By - 11/18/15 - 8:05 am

The Herald reports comments by Frank DiPaola about that $80+ million in spending on new third rails, switch heaters and the like. Plus, they've got prisoners standing by to shovel out major snowfalls.

The Herald story is running on a morning when a train died on the Red Line, a trolley stopped functioning on the Mattapan Line and signal problems caused delays on the Blue Line.

By - 11/6/15 - 4:30 pm
Bunny on the Blue Line

UPDATE: Transit Police remind silly rabbits that seats are for kids.

Tamas K-L noticed the fuzzy family (a bunny and two cats, plus their human tenders) hurtling towards Wonderland this afternoon. No word if the woman is named Alice or if the rabbit was late.

Earlier:
Bunny on the B Line.

By - 11/4/15 - 8:20 pm
Working on the Government Center MBTA station

Two workers finished up installation of one wall of the new glass panels at the Government Center T station today.

By - 10/31/15 - 7:21 pm
No longer buried in Government Center

Robin and spouse got dressed up as those two costumes buried in cement in the Government Center T stop for decades.

Great minds think alike: Read more.

By - 10/27/15 - 12:44 pm
Costumes found in Government Center MBTA station

The MBTA reports workers busy upgrading the Blue Line platform at Government Center recently: Read more.

By - 8/24/15 - 4:15 pm

WGBH reports some - or possibly all - of the glass panels in the new glass-centric station entrance are defective and will have to be replaced.

By - 7/23/15 - 6:45 pm
People waiting for a bus on State Street due to Blue Line problems

T workers turn into Waldo at State Street: Where are they? Photo by Mister AO.

The T says it's busing passengers between Bowdoin and Airport - except Bowdoin riders are supposed to catch the bus at Government Center - due to a bomb threat that shut Maverick station around 5:30 p.m.

Update: Around 6:48 p.m., Transit Police completed their sweep of the station and re-opened it for service.

By - 6/26/15 - 11:37 pm
New retail space in Government Center station

Government Center retail space. Photo by MBTA.

Whether it will be another Dunkin' Donuts to replace the one that was almost directly underneath one of the two Dunkin' Donuts on the street, however, remains an open question. A T spokesman says a vendor has yet to be chosen for the space, although he adds whoever it turns out to be will be banned from selling popcorn.

The renovated junction for the Green and Blue lines is scheduled to open next year.

By - 5/29/15 - 10:26 am
Firetrucks at Bowdoin on the Blue Line

Firefighters showed up in force to help evacuate passengers. Photo by MikLoup.

Shades of February: The T has replaced the Blue Line between Airport and Bowdoin with buses, this time due to some sort of power issue at Bowdoin. Read more.

By - 5/15/15 - 4:45 pm
Government Center station coming into shape

Mike gives us a visual update on the giant glasshouse rising above City Hall Plaza.

Pages