Commuter rail

By - 3/12/18 - 9:38 am

Miles on the MBTA reports on his visit to the Wellesley Farms stop on the Worcester Line - which seems to be popular among Nirvana fans and which boasts a plastic owl in a rafter inside.

By - 3/8/18 - 7:52 am
Tree on wires on the Riverside Line

Tree stopped the Riverside Line. Photo by MBTA.

Buses are running along the Riverside Line this morning after a tree tried to plunge to the ground early this morning only to be stopped by overhead wires. The C and E lines had issues, too, if not of the tree variety. Read more.

By - 3/5/18 - 9:09 am

The Orange Line suffered delays due to signal problems at Oak Grove, while the Red Line slowed to a crawl because of a dead train at Davis earlier this morning.

Meanwhile, over on commuter rail, a dead train is causing problems on the Fitchburg Line, which is not one of those coastal routes where that was supposed to happen.

By - 3/4/18 - 10:39 pm

The MBTA is cautioning that coastal commuter-rail lines - Greenbush, Newburyport/Rockport, and Kingston/Plymouth - count on needing extra time to get to work tomorrow as after-effects of the nor'easter continue. Read more.

By - 2/14/18 - 1:23 pm

Boston City Councilors say the $85 million the city directly pays into the MBTA every year should at least buy them a meeting with T officials to press their case to do more than just maintain an increasingly unreliable system they say particularly penalizes residents who don't live near a subway stop. Read more.

By - 1/24/18 - 9:50 pm

The Crimson reports Harvard has upped its proposed contribution for the West Station commuter-rail and bus station inside its proposed 14-acre innovation district where the Allston train yard used to be from $30 million to $50 million. Read more.

By - 1/23/18 - 5:57 pm

The MBTA is blaming "an Amtrak switch issue" at Forest Hills for massive delays on all the lines out of South Station that use the Northeast Corridor.

Hank Layfield reports from a Needham Line train:

Read more.

By - 1/23/18 - 11:19 am

Delayed commuters on the Franklin Line this morning get to shoot daggers out of their eyes not at Keolis but at the semi driver who realized too late his cab wasn't going to fit under the tracks at East Street in Dedham: Read more.

By - 1/21/18 - 3:17 pm

Transit Police report a 60-year-old man on the Fitchburg Line tracks near Fawcett Street in Cambridge was hit and killed by an inbound train around 12:15 p.m.

Foul play is not suspected, police say.

By - 1/19/18 - 9:40 am

WBZ's Ryan Kath runs alongside the sprinting commuters at the Westwood/128 station, as they try to get to their cars and to the furshlugginer exit gates that now routinely keep people trapped inside the garage for 20 minutes every evening.

By - 1/7/18 - 7:51 pm

The T is advising people to add an extra 15 to 20 minutes to their morning commutes to account for the sort of delays you might expect on a system that still has problems dealing with frigid temperatures and heavy amounts of snow.

Train 900 (the 6:20 a.m. train from Stoughton) and Train 401 (the 6:25 a.m. train from Boston to Fitchburg) have been canceled. Read more.

By - 1/3/18 - 11:07 pm

Colleen O'Connor watched the waterfall at the Forest Hills T stop round 10 p.m.

By - 12/20/17 - 9:09 am
Hat guy on the FitchburgLine

Hood Will Hunting was impressed by the way this guy had his commuter-rail pass ready for conductor inspection in the brim of his hat:

This playa right here has me wanting to trade my snapbacks in and upgrade my hat collection.

By - 12/1/17 - 9:04 am

Ari Ofsevit reports that at a meeting yesterday, MassDOT planners said the proposed West Station on the Worcester Line has been put off to 2040, which is to say, put off to never. Read more.

By - 11/25/17 - 9:49 pm
Eagle atop South Station in Boston

Tom Griffiths realized tonight that, in the right light at night, the eagle atop South Station kind of looks more like an eagle sitting atop a pirate's head.

By - 11/20/17 - 9:00 am

Kevin Essington reports 100+ commuters were left stranded at the TF Green stop on the Providence Line this morning when two trains breathed their last.

Reminder: The governor of Rhode Island wants the T to start express service from Providence to Boston.

By - 11/20/17 - 8:50 am
Derailed wheels on Haverhill Line train

Off track. Photo by MBTA.

T.J. Winnick was on an inbound train from Haverhill that derailed in Wilmington this morning. Read more.

By - 11/16/17 - 11:56 am

MassDOT reports that 48 spaces at Needham Junction will no longer be available to commuters come Monday: Read more.

By - 11/8/17 - 9:46 am
Scene of fatal pedestrian and train crash in Chelsea

Everett Street crossing after the fatality. Photo by KMV.

Transit Police report a 21-year-old man died around 9 p.m. yesterday when he disregarded the downed gates and flashing lights at the Everett Street crossing and tried to walk across the tracks, only to get hit by an outbound Rockport Line train.

By - 11/1/17 - 1:18 pm

The Globe reports a fed-up Fitchburg Line rider decided he'd rather make a point and get arrested than comply with a "Fare is Fair" order that he go to the ticket window to get a replacement for his valid, if faded, monthly pass.