Transit Police report a male bicyclist, 25-30, rode around a crossing gate in the down position at Park Street in Somerville around 1:30 p.m. and was promptly struck and killed by an outbound Fitchburg Line train.
MIT Technology Review reports Keolis workers will soon test Android-based "smart glasses" that will let them do real-time lookups of important data or consult with colleagues remotely.
The glasses will be tested in several locations, including the large repair facility in Somerville and a smaller yard in Readville. If successful, even train drivers could one day be given pairs - to let them make emergency repairs while still on the tracks.
The T is warning of delays up to 50 minutes on the Providence Line due to "an Amtrak signal issue near Attleboro Station."
After a T locomotive died in Beverly, Pan Am Railways lent Keolis one of its old Guilford locomotives to help pull its train back to Boston - as spotted by a roving UHub photographer at Mill Creek in Chelsea.
A roving UHub photographer got front-row seats to watch a crew drag a cement truck off the commuter-rail tracks in Chelsea it had rolled on early this afternoon.
Once again, the riders of the Newburyport/Rockport Line this morning had to contend with phantom trains that exist only in a work of fiction known as "a timetable."
MassDOT reports Amtrak finally fixed all the wire problems at Rte. 128 at 6 this morning, so commuter-rail service should be back to normal.
A downed power line near the Rte. 128 station continues to frustrate MBTA commuters, who find their trains running way late, if not just canceled altogether.
Around 9:05 p.m., an Amtrak catenary-testing train slowly moved outbound on the inbound tracks at Readville. Read more.
An overhead wire that obeyed the laws of gravity near the Westwood train station is wreaking havoc on the Northeast Corridor this afternoon, causing massive delays for both Keolis and Amtrak riders in both directions - including many Pearl Jam fans trying to get to Fenway Park for their concert tonight. Read more.
Riders on the Rockport Line are getting fed up with constant "mechanical issues" that keep delaying their rides into Boston.
You never know what you'll see at the Readville train station, a.k.a. the world's largest model train set.
With it still being too hot to cook tonight, I drove down to Olympic Pizza in Wolcott Square, put in an order, then walked over to the station, where I spotted an unusual locomotive on a Fairmount Line train. Read more.
Mike Ball bravely photographed this snarly, ravenous opossum at the Fairmount commuter-rail station this morning.
3:50 Reading and 4:30 Haverhill trains cancelled. Latest alert indicates next Haverhill train at 5:35.
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