commuter rail

By - 4/14/14 - 4:18 pm

Check out the listing for this charmer:

The MBTA invites interested parties to bid on the sale of MBTA property, located at 68 Emanuel Street, Revere, Massachusetts. The property for sale consists of a single family residence and the associated approximately 3,500 square feet of land.

Of course, you might be asking yourself why the MBTA owns a single-family home to begin with.... Read more

By - 4/11/14 - 1:40 pm

Tasty Burger thinks there's a market for a burger bar that also serves up beer and wine in the diesel-filled confines of Back Bay station.

The local chain goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week for permission to buy the beer and wine license of the defunct Parlor Pizza in West Roxbury for a proposed restaurant that would also feature 30 patio seats on... Read more

By - 3/24/14 - 7:55 am

The Globe reports that Hyundai-Rotem, the company that delivered new commuter-rail coaches that the T isn't happy with, plans to bid on the $1-billion project to replace superannuated Orange and Red Line trains.

A company official said the commuter-rail coaches proved harder than expected to deliver in part because the American workers they had to hire kinda sucked, even after company officials learned ... Read more

By - 3/18/14 - 8:11 pm

It's not even in the top five best fare-evasion tricks on that beknighted line, Sons of Franky Cabot says, not when you have examples like the guy in the restroom, whom a conductor patiently waited for:

When asked for a ticket, the guy claimed he was on the previous train into Boston, experienced a “seve-ah diarrhea attack” and couldn’t dethrone in time for the

... Read more
By - 3/17/14 - 9:24 am

Unlucky Worcester Line riders, specifically those on the 582 and 506 trains, were not happy campers when they finally pulled into South Station this morning. Dave reports the 582, which had a locomotive that expired mid-route, was an hour and 47 minutes late, while the 506, which was hitched up to the 582 to push it into town, was 53 minutes late.

To... Read more

By - 3/12/14 - 7:29 am
Truck that was on Fitchburg Line tracks.

After pieces of the truck cleared, Fitchburg Line passengers look on. Photo by Finn.

Happened on 128 at Rte. 20, backing up 128 southbound and halting inbound service on the Fitchburg Line, since part of the truck seemed to have landed on the tracks, only it didn't.

By - 2/21/14 - 7:58 am

The Washington Post and NPR are both reporting this morning on controversy around French company SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français), parent company of Keolis, which recently won its bid to operate the MBTA's commuter rail system.

Keolis is now part of a consortium bidding to design, build, and operate a new light-rail line in Maryland.

During World War II... Read more

By - 2/20/14 - 6:13 pm

Somewhere on the Red Line, a train bound for Alewife flatlined, leaving some riders with nothing to do but admire the ice patterns on the river below.

The 5:30 train to Lowell died in Woburn.

By - 2/19/14 - 7:18 pm

really do have nothing more than a big dart board in their office that they use to determine which stock excuse to post in order to justify their mismanagement of the commuter rail inform their customers of train changes. Consider the Haverhill Line, which has been posting issues with various trains since about 2:30 this afternoon. First, they started blaming delays on the (very minimal)... Read more

By - 2/18/14 - 2:07 pm

Photo of one of the T's new diesel engines undergoing testing. That's one giant T on the side.

Via A.P. Blake.

By - 2/11/14 - 8:33 am
Waiting at Green Street for the Orange Line

Like a bad dream: Waiting for the Orange Line at Green. Photo by Kristin MacDougall.

All the doctors in the world upstairs could do nothing to revive the outbound Orange Line train that expired at Tufts Medical Center around 8:20 a.m.

This was after a Green Line trolley expired at Copley and various trains heading to South Station took a break in their morning routine thanks to switch problems.

UPDATE: Another Orange Line train died at Sullivan, or maybe it... Read more

By - 2/5/14 - 4:35 pm

or is the MBTA really getting too lazy with their alerts. Case in point:

Haverhill Line cancelled due to mechanical problem. Next outbound service, Train 227 @ 4:30 pm.

Affected direction: outbound

Last updated: Feb 5 2014 4:06 PM

I presume the cancelled train was the 3:50 to Reading, but it would be nice to be actually informed of that fact.... Read more

By - 2/4/14 - 7:38 am

Such as the inbound train that left this mortal coil this morning at Wollaston.

Meanwhile, Jose Duca reports his Worcester Line train got into South Station at 8 a.m. He started at Southboro at 5:20 a.m.

By - 1/30/14 - 7:25 am

Around 6:45 a.m. inbound on the Braintree side of the world.

Also, there's a switch problem slowing things down outbound on the Worcester Line.

By - 1/29/14 - 10:02 am

Transit Police report arresting a Salem man who allegedly masturbated on an inbound train from Rockport on Saturday evening - about three months after he was he was arrested for allegedly doing the same thing on another train.

Per Transit Police:

The individual's genitals were fully exposed and he made no attempts to conceal what he was doing.

Police say they were aided... Read more

By - 1/23/14 - 7:27 am
Packed Sullivan Station on the MBTA's Orange Line

In 30 minutes, 3 trains came into Sullivan too packed to let any riders on. Photo by Jared May.

UPDATE: The Blue Line joined the party shortly before 10 a.m., when a train ascended to Valhalla at Wonderland.

Dead inbound train at Quincy Center would be harshing the mellow of Red Line commuters this morning if they weren't busy concentrating on staying warm. An Orange Line train could only make it to Back Bay before departing this mortal coil, but riders from the north... Read more

By - 1/10/14 - 8:23 am
Back Bay men's room

On the plus side, as Ninth discovered yesterday, the current conditions reduce the odds of stuffed up sinks flooding the floors.

Earlier:
Welcome relief: South Station women's room now at 'airport grade'

By - 1/9/14 - 7:49 am

An inbound Orange Line train lay down and died this morning at North Station. Jennifer, who was on the train, reports:

They said “train is out of service”, but not letting anyone off. WTF.

The driver then came by each car and opened one door to let riders exit.

A Green Line train headed to Cleveland Circle decided it like Park Street just fine... Read more

By - 1/8/14 - 4:20 pm

The Globe reports the board of the state Department of Transportation voted today to replace MBCR with the French company Keolis to run commuter rail for at least eight years, starting this June.

By - 1/7/14 - 5:17 pm
Proposed Nott Street project

BRA officials make a rare visit to Hyde Park tomorrow for a meeting on a proposed 27-unit residential building at the Fairmount train station off Fairmount Avenue.

At the session, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1179 River St., the Southwest Boston Community Development Corp. and the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. will explain their proposal for the Residences at Fairmount Station.... Read more

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