Blue Line

By - 9/19/08 - 2:18 pm

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

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By - 9/4/08 - 7:48 am

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

By - 8/16/08 - 12:03 pm

There's a fire at Government Center T station.
It was repoerted @ 10am, but they're still announcing it now, without any details.Read more

By - 7/30/08 - 9:53 am

Fabulously Out There reports on a perv rubbing up against her on the Blue Line:

... My suggestion for you: Go to the store. Get yourself a nice Penthouse magazine and your almost used up jar of Vaseline and some tissues and, you know, take care of business at home, because next time, this German might actually SAY something to you, and trust me,

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By - 6/18/08 - 8:09 pm

Wonderland, Wood Island, Revere Beach and Beachmont, with staggered closings starting June 21 with Wonderland. Shuttle-bus service during the closings.Read more

By - 4/27/08 - 7:16 pm

The Lone Rider reports the second new train has gone into service on the Blue Line - and provides updates on train painting/refurbishing on the other lines.

Meanwhile, Joey, new to the US, reports on a fun day at Revere Beach today - which ended at the Blue Line station where she watched a guy beat up a cop and two strangers jump...Read more

By - 4/15/08 - 5:05 pm

Hilarity ensues when the power goes out and the substitute buses are routed to South Station:

... Another thing about the Silver Line is that all of the T employees were yelling at people not to board them when they arrived. This is pretty strange, considering the Airport station is not on its usual route. So apparently the MBTA were re-routing Silver-Line buses with

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By - 4/4/08 - 11:27 am

It's the feel-good Blue Line story of the day, featuring some thug wannabe sprawled across two seats, an old white-haired man who gets on the train and a blogger who reaches her limit.Read more

By - 3/25/08 - 2:12 pm

One of these days, alarms will start blaring at a T stop and people will actually pay attention. But not today, and not at Downtown Crossing, Jenny Frazier reports:

... It took me my entire walk up to the Orange Line to realize that not a single person, including myself, batted an eyelash at the heinously loud alarms. Instead we all just continued on

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By - 3/19/08 - 9:42 am

Yes, it's another episode of "Compare a busy, decaying Blue Line stop to the stunning, rarely used Courthouse stop on the Silver Line." Today's contestant: Fabulously Out There, who reports from the decaying steps leading from the Blue Line to the Orange Line at historic State Street station:

... There is a woman sitting on the stairs and a MBTA dude standing in front

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By - 3/18/08 - 9:12 am

To maintain their blood pressure, regular users of the Blue Line's Maverick station should probably avoid the Silver Line's beautiful, little used Courthouse station:

... The Maverick Station in East Boston that has a thousand times more use and serves the local public on a daily basis, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Now it has apparently been put on the back

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By - 3/14/08 - 11:18 am

Fabulously Out There reports she loves the Blue Line driver who looks like Santa, and that anybody who gets on the one new train (you know the one) with a nice hot cup of coffee had best not be drinking it when the train comes into a station:

... Apparently it's an impossibility to bring that train to a somewhat gentle halt.


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By - 3/13/08 - 7:54 pm

Boston Police report arresting a pair of East Boston teens on charges they tried to slice a guy up at the Government Center T stop around 4:20 p.m. today.

The victim, in his late teens or early 20s, was slashed in the arm, but is expected to survive.

Police charged Juan Chavez, 18, of East Boston, with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon...Read more

By - 3/11/08 - 1:28 pm

Statistics from the American Public Transportation Association show that while the use of public transit in the U.S. increased 2.1% last year, it decreased 2.9% in the region served by the MBTA. The change in subway usage was particularly striking: Down 7.8% here, compared with a 3.1% increase in other US cities with subways.

Via Robert David Sullivan, who wonders if our...Read more

By - 2/20/08 - 4:21 pm
Spiffy Blue Line

The MBTA finally rolled out the first of its new Blue Line trains today, and SignalPAD was there to take one of its first runs. Over the next 18 months, the T says it will replace the current 70 old cars with 94 new ones.

Eastie's Lewis Forman is looking forward to...Read more

By - 2/19/08 - 2:09 pm

Lewis Forman predicts some; wonders what you'd come up with:

Maverick Station (Blue Line) closed due to kayaking race through tunnel to Aquarium Stop.

By - 2/16/08 - 9:47 am

You can't make this stuff up. The Herald reports:

Top MBTA officials acknowledge that for years the agency has been secretly cutting thousands of bus and train trips from published schedules to lower costs - a practice that has left legions of customers waiting for rides that arrived late or not at all.

Dan Grabauskas says he started trying to change the practice when...Read more

By - 2/5/08 - 1:42 pm

The Accidental Fiddler reports on a woman with issues at the Government Center T stop:

A middle-aged woman in a powder-blue Red Sox cap pulled down over her eyes was going around fake sneezing and saying "I'm allergic to evil!" ...

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