The MBTA reports workers gutting Government Center for its two-year renovation have uncovered yet another tiled sign from back in the days when the stop was known as Scollay Square, back when Boston still had a Scollay Square.
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.
Rachel Paiste asks:
Why are the escalators at Government Center constantly running when the station is closed? Seems like a waste of energy & $$
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
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
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.
ElmerCat also rode the early-morning rails:
More people than I expected taking â“‰ after 2 am tonight. Lots of people dancing on the... Read more
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!... Read more
How many times have I passed through your halls?
How Many Seasons?
Blue Line to
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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
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.