UPDATE at 9:20 a.m.: Looks like the power is back on and some trains are moving again, but slowly, since the signals aren't working.
9:30 a.m. Joe Pesaturo: "Power is being restored, but all lines are experiencing delays. An investigation into the cause of the outage is underway." T now advising people to not take the T.
From the T web page:
Blue Line service is being diverted due to medical emergency at Revere Beach Station. Substitute bus service will replace regular train service between Wonderland and Orient Heights until further notice. Please allow extra time for your commute. 5/8/2009 10:41 AM
As of 11:50, the bussing is still in effect. No ETA as to when normal service will be resumed.... Read more
Revere Beach was inundated with class-skipping Boston teens on that wicked-hot day last week. One terrified Revere city councilor wants metal detectors at Revere Beach station because "every other teenager who got off the train had a knife or a weapon." How does he know?
Fabulously Out There tweets workers were busy sterilizing trash receptacles at Airport station this morning:
Cool! I was just about to lick one!
Fabulously Out There is puzzled by the cheery 'Bedbugs are Back!' ads on the Blue Line.
Wicked Local Somerville reports the MBTA is looking at connecting the Red and Blue lines at Charles/MGH - and wonders:
Would be nice if they concentrated their money and time on ongoing projects like the Green Line Extension and solving disputes like the placement of the maintenance facility in Inner Belt instead of coming up with additional ones in this economy.... Read more
So there I was, sitting outside the barber shop in Terminal C, today, waiting for my wife. An older gentleman was getting his hair cut. And in a booming voice, he told the barber how much he'd spent in parking today after driving down from Manchester- what with a trip to a hospital off Brookline Avenue, lunch and then the airport. He sighed:
I'd take... Read more
The Globe interviews the person who held that poor woman's hand as she died at State Street station.
The Globe reports the elderly woman fell around 10 a.m., part of her clothing got caught in the escalator and she wound up dying. However, officials are investigating whether she had a heart attack before her fall.
Fabulously Out There is amazed at what was tied up outside an East Boston T stop the other day.
A plainclothes transit detective put the pinch on a Beverly man after he allegedly put the moves on her on the Blue Line this morning, the MBTA says.
Jeffrey David Nichols, 51, was charged with indecent assault and battery for the rush-hour incident in East Boston around 8:45 a.m., T spokesman Joe Pesaturo says, adding the... Read more
I saw an amazing sight while driving down 95 South, near Burlington. Coming down 95 North was a Blue Line subway car! It took me a minute to realize that it was being hauled by a truck. Who knew that the blue line cars would ever appear on route 95?
September marked the ninth straight month that ridership on the T was higher than the same month a year earlier, according to the T's Joe Pesaturo, who adds that September's overall numbers were the highest in the ten years for which the T has records (well, except for the Green Line, which actually saw a slight dip in ridership in September compared to the year... Read more
Eeka composes lyrics for commuters on every single subway line.
Michaela reports that on a Blue Line ride from Maverick to Government Center yesterday afternoon, not only did the conductor not pick up the phone, he or she left the PA on so all the passengers could enjoy the ringing, too:
What's the deal, MBTA? Why didn't anyone pick up a phone that was ringing in the conductor's cab? So annoying. I'm actually pretty... Read more
Lewis Forman is not a happy Blue Line camper this week. He recounts a 25-minute wait for a train during rush hour this morning - which follows a 20-minute wait on Wednesday and a 14-minute wait on Monday:
... I was the only one in the station when I missed the train at the beginning. By the time I was stepping onto the train... Read more
The T announced today it's adding more cars to the three lines during rush hours - and making some service enhancements to some bus lines - starting this week.
The news comes as the T also announces continued record ridership: The T carried 34.7 million passengers in July, compared to 31.4 million the previous July.
The biggest jump will occur on the Blue Line -... Read more