The Globe reports the T plans to introduce countdown clocks to Red, Orange and Blue Line stations, but will pay for it in part by eliminating the refunds it now offers to people whose trains are way late. Also look for lots more advertising - right down to the CharlieCard - as the T tries to cut a $130 million or so deficit.... Read more
By 6 a.m., the T was already reporting two dead trains on either end of the Red Line. Now, an hour later, there are two dead trolleys on the Green Line and dead trains on the Blue and Orange lines. And the snow hasn't even started.
Update, 8:10 a.m.: There's a dead train at Wollaston on the Red Line now.
Dead trains mean lengthy delays on the Green, Blue and Orange lines this morning; well, except the T... Read more
Where to begin? Oh, yeah, with the fire at Chinatown on the Orange Line that stopped service. Then there's the downed wire at Wood Island, leading to premature termination of the Blue Line at Maverick. The Red Line had a recalcitrant switch at Alewife. And the Green Line has turned into the Snail Line.
On a positive note, no delays reported on the... Read more
Always ready to assume the worst, Herald readers are busy contemplating the downside of the glass entrances the T wants to build as part of a Government Center upgrade, because, as writer Richard Weir helpfully explains, they could "explode into flying shards of lethal shrapnel should a bomb ever be detonated there." Except the T says they couldn't because they'll use safety glass (and... Read more
One passenger on the Blue Line in Orient Heights seemed a bit squirrelly this afternoon. In fact, the Animal Rescue League of Boston had to be called in.
ARL volunteer Margaret Wirth reports T workers found a baby squirrel running around a Blue Line car around noon. Boston Animal Control worked with the league to corral the critter, whom they promptly named Charlie, of... Read more
Nancy Geshke, whose 8-year-old daughter wound up in Mass. General when one of her feet got caught and crushed in an escalator this past July, yesterday sued Crocs for $11 million, alleging the company keeps selling its plastic shoes despite mounting evidence they are a menace on escalators.
In her suit, filed in US District Court, Geshke says the company now has more than 300... Read more
The MBTA forwards this rendering of the planned new garage at Wonderland on the Blue Line. At night. Under a full moon. With Saturn rising.
Federal, state, and local officials gather at the current Wonderland station at 9:30 a.m. on Monday to formally break ground on a... Read more
Power problem at Orient Heights this morning makes for some very unhappy riders. At 8:34, Julianne LaMay tweeted:
Such a cluster. They sent folks to Suffolk first but there were no shuttles there. FAIL
Michael Brannigan, who posted the photo around 8:27, tweeted at 8:41 that one bus finally arrived:
Got about 1% or... Read more
that's having major troubles due to a disabled train (or is it another broken wire?). From the T web page:
BLUE LINE DELAYS: Due to a disabled train in the Orient Heights area substitute bus service has replaced regular train service between Maverick and Suffolk Downs Stations. Airport, Wood Island and Orient Heights Stations are closed. Please expect significant delays and add an addtional 20-30... Read more
Fabulously Out There just doesn't get the Government Center T stop:
... [Tuesday], in 100 degrees weather I helped a couple carry their suitcases down (on that note: all you big guys who are occupying the free weight section at Planet Fitness every day and were walking by them, thanks for nothing, assholes). They were on their way to visit their grandkids and were... Read more
David Guarino came up with that title for his photo of a turkey outside the Wonderland T stop this morning (did it have a meeting downtown?).
For the second time in three weeks, plunging power lines brought the Blue Line to a halt in East Boston and left riders on one train stranded until Boston firefighters could lead them to safety.
A train near Airport station came to a grinding halt when the overhead power lines fell around 5:30 p.m. Shuttle buses are now running, according to the MBTA.
On Jan.... Read more
UPDATE: The T says buses will run instead of trains between Airport and Suffolk Downs at least through this evening as workers replace the downed power lines.
Local 718 tweets the train stopped 500 feet short of the station when the power went out this morning; firefighters were called in to help passengers get to the station.
UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: Whatever the problem was, it's fixed now and trains are starting to roll again.
A broken (still under warranty?) train at Government Center is raising heck with the Blue Line commute this afternoon.
At 4:45, Glenn Tremblay tweeted that there were "swarms of people waiting outside Government Center."
I ask because the MBTA is reporting a dead train at Airport.
State officials said today they'll spend $47 million in federal stimulus funds and state bonds for a new garage at Wonderland station on the Blue Line.
At a ceremony there today, Gov. Patrick and other officials said the new nine-story, 1,900-space garage will be the first step in construction of Waterfront Square, a proposed development of 902 residential units, office and retail space and a... Read more