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.
A fire at Aquarium shut Blue Line service at the end of the night.
Flights at Logan were canceled, which normally wouldn't affect most East Boston residents, except it might explain this:
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:
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 rail together.
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?).
UPDATE, 12:10 p.m.: The MBTA reports three of the four have turned themselves in - they walked into Transit Police HQ just as Supt. Joseph O'Connor was briefing the media on the case. More to come.
Transit Police report a man and his 14-year-old daughter were beaten by four men on a Blue Line train around 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 18.
After repeatedly punching the man in the head and his daughter in the thigh, the four sauntered off the train at Airport, police say.
If these guys look familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous tip to 873873.
Transit Police report they are looking for a guy who attacked another man on a Blue Line train entering Revere Beach on Sept. 17 after the two had had an argument at Maverick.
He's described as Hispanic, 30-35, about 5'7" with a heavy build and black hair.
If you see him, contact Transit Police at 617-222-1050, or send an anonymous tip to 873873.
Kris Haight photographed the new pedestrian bridge between Wonderland station and the beach in Revere.
For the second time in two weeks, the Blue Line couldn't run during the morning rush hour due to wire problems.
Until this spring, so as not to coincide with repair work on the Callahan Tunnel is done, the Globe reports.
Raphael Dumas and some fellow grad students from the MIT Transit Lab spent today on the T - all of it. Starting at Park Street shortly before 10 a.m. (after bicycling over on Hubway bikes from MIT), they proceeded to get on and off every open stop on all four subway lines (and, yes, that included the Mattapan line and all the branches of the Green Line).
Some of his observations:
In Canada, we call fake wood paneling "beaver paneling". Just realized it's a curious choice for the transit interior. Orange Line
All but Orient Heights on the Blue Line and Charles/MGH now have electronic countdown clocks to let passengers know when the next train should arrive, the MBTA says.
The T adds it's improved the algorithms used to calculate arrival times, in particular at stations right at the beginning and end of lines, for "an elevated Countdown experience."
Orient Heights, currently under renovation, should get its clocks when overall renovations are done in 2014; Charles/MGH this fall.
The Green Line could get countdown clocks sometime before the end of the century.
Wood Island is the last/first stop on the Blue Line right now, thanks to a recalcitrant switch at Orient Heights. Buses, anyone?