Blue Line

By - 4/18/14 - 9:24 am
Trolley at Devonshire Street in Boston

A.P. Blake reminds us that on this day in 1924, the predecessor of the MBTA shut the trolley line between downtown and East Boston for 50 hours to convert it into what we now know as the Blue Line.

The Boston Street Railway Association posted this photo of one of the old trolleys at Devonshire (late renamed State).... Read more

By - 4/11/14 - 11:51 am

Rachel Paiste asks:

Why are the escalators at Government Center constantly running when the station is closed? Seems like a waste of energy & $$

By - 4/7/14 - 10:46 am
Inside the Government Center station

The T forwards this photo of the spot on the Government Center Green Line platform where the Dunkin' Donuts used to be as workers continue to tear apart the station as part of a two-year overhaul.

Also, the T reports workers uncovered another 100-year-old tile Scollay Under sign on one of the Blue Line platforms:

The goal is to keep it in place, and

... Read more
By - 3/29/14 - 1:17 pm

Ari floats the idea of a short elevated atop Cambridge Street to complete the fabled Red/Blue connector - an idea currently gathering dust on some state shelf due to its cost.

Key to his plan: A portal, filled in decades ago, that once let trolleys go into a tunnel that ultimately led to another tunnel under the harbor to East Boston: The portal, several... Read more

By - 3/29/14 - 6:45 am
Late night at Park Street. Photo by MBTA.

Late night at Park Street. Photo by MBTA.

Walkingbostonian reports on the first night of extra weekend service on the T:

B train totally crushed, busier than rush hour, after 2 am, and we had to leave many people behind on all the platforms.

Packing them in.

ElmerCat also rode the early-morning rails:

More people than I expected taking Ⓣ after 2 am tonight. Lots of people dancing on the

... Read more
By - 3/28/14 - 4:46 pm
Government Center under reconstruction

Oh, they've been working on the railroad. Photo by MBTA. See it larger.

As noted earlier, some people left notes on the walls of the Government Center T stop in the hours before it was shut for two years of reconstruction.

Via the MBTA comes this ode, found penned on one of the walls:

Dear Government Center,

Thank you!
How many times have I passed through your halls?
How Many Seasons?
Blue Line to

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By - 3/23/14 - 8:23 pm
Government Center MBTA station under construction

The current Government Center bunker, um, T stop went up in the early 1960s as part of the transformation of Scollay Square into Government Center.

In the photo above, from Boston City Archives' Government Center photo set, note the parking lot where Center Plaza would go across Cambridge Street. In this view, you'll see the answer to the chicken-egg question of... Read more

By - 3/22/14 - 10:12 am
Government Center graffiti

ElmerCat catalogued the fond graffiti people left on the walls of the Government Center T stop in the hours before it shut for a two-year re-do.

Copyright ElmerCat. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 3/21/14 - 1:49 pm
Scollary Square sign at Government Center

Photo by MBTA.

Workers today carefully removed the "Scollay Under" tiled sign from a Blue Line wall at the Government Center station today. The T reports it'll be put in storage and then replastered to a wall in the renovated station when it opens in two years.

By - 3/21/14 - 11:07 am
Government Center MBTA station

Paul Nutting provides a last glimpse of the Government Center T stop before it shuts tomorrow for two years of renovation work that will transform the1960s bomb shelter into a sleek glass paean to modern transportation - but one without popcorn.

By - 3/19/14 - 5:45 pm
State Street crowding

Tim Lawrence shows us the scene at State Street around 5:20 p.m., where trains are being slowed by recalcitrant switches.

Oh, and by the way: Government Center shuts for two years this week.

By - 2/26/14 - 8:10 am
Demo wall at Government Center

But, sadly, the "demo wall" at Government Center is just an instruction to the workers who will begin tearing apart the station on March 22, rather than a place to see demonstrations of various things.

By - 2/12/14 - 12:18 pm
Government Center station to shut

Artist's rendition by the MBTA

The T announced today Government Center will shut for its two-year makeover on March 22.

The T's posted some background info, including the answer to the question: "How will this affect my commute?"

By - 1/12/14 - 2:18 pm
Pantsless subway riders

Greg Hum snapped a photo of a dog on the Blue Line today. Oh, yeah, and some people who are also not wearing any pants.

By - 1/7/14 - 5:55 pm

Signal problems at Orient Heights are stalling trains along the line this afternoon. Tim Lawrence reports the driver of his train, stopped at one station, came on the PA to suggest:

Feel free to get out and stretch.

By - 12/15/13 - 9:26 am

At the height of the storm, East Boston's connections to the rest of the world dwindled.

Around 9 p.m., three cars crashed on the East Boston side of the Meridian Street bridge. Police shut the span for their investigation, hindered briefly because two of the drivers chased the third driver over the bridge into Chelsea.

A fire at Aquarium shut Blue Line service... Read more

By - 12/13/13 - 1:07 pm
Bundu

Damien Bundu, 23, is scheduled for arraignment today in East Boston District Court on a charge of aggravated assault and battery causing injury for an incident Dec. 8 at the Orient Heights Blue Line station.

Transit Police report:

On December 8, 2013 at approximately 10:15 am an MBTA employee was working at the MBTA's Orient Heights station when he was violently set upon by

... Read more
By - 12/12/13 - 6:31 am

The Globe reports MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott has ordered an audit of all the third rails on the Red, Orange and Blue lines to try to stave off the sort of problems that bollixed commutes on the Red Line Wednesday morning and Tuesday evening.

Carl Stevens reports the inspections will focus on the welds that connect sections of the third... Read more

By - 10/30/13 - 7:34 am

The morning starts with a dead train at Wellington on the Orange Line, a dead Green Line trolley somewhere on Huntington or South Huntington and a dead train outbound at Maverick on the Blue Line (say, aren't those the T's newest and freshest subway trains?).

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