keeping their trains running on time. They apparently don't even know the correct order of the stations they are supposed to stop at.
The Herald reports the state will pay Keolis $66 million more over the next six years because it turns out the company can't really run the sort of train service we expect for the price it initially bid.
Finn alerted us to an update from the T earlier this morning:
Fitchburg Update: Train 1400 is operating 70-100 min late between South Acton & North Station at reduced speed due to a mechanical problem.
All trains have 10 to 15 minute delays per the station PA announcements. No phone alerts about this, but just got a reminder alert about the July fare increases - ugh!
No, really. BranchDesign chronicled her commute this morning on the Little Line that Couldn't: The train that finally came was so crowded 40 people were standing just in her car and the conductor couldn't check tickets. Also:
Train so late that two women had one of their husband deliver Starbucks while waiting.
All sorts of mishegas going on on the Lowell Line this morning due to signal problems at Anderson/Woburn.
JB Parrett watched a train go by in Cambridge the other evening.
Peter Wilson reports the Franklin Line's newfound slowness is due to the way somebody drove a cement truck into a bridge carrying the line in Walpole.
For the second day in a row, riders on the Haverhill Line will be way late getting into Boston, thanks to train 200, which proved to be the little train that couldn't and had to be "assisted into Boston," as the T puts it, by train 202.
The T and Keolis say they're going to be doing a little "Fare is Fair" exhibit at South Station during the evening rush hour, in during which Keolis teams will be checking passengers for valid tickets before they get on trains on certain platforms. Read more.
The T reports "moderate" delays on trains to and from Worcester.
Transit Police report a man was hit and killed by a Lowell Line train near 662 Boston Ave. in Medford around 7 p.m. on Thursday.
The Herald reports Keolis estimates the T loses $35 million a year in unpaid commuter-rail fares and wants to spend $10 million on new gates at North, South and Back Bay stations. No word on how much is lost on overcrowded trains that conductors can't get through to check tickets.
The T itself, meanwhile, wants to hire private contractors to make sure people don't sneak on the back of Green Line trolleys.
UPDATE: Amtrak got the signals working again around 2 p.m.
Around 8:45 a.m., the T announced: "Due to a signal problem, South Side trains cannot arrive to/depart from South Station." Again.
The T blamed Amtrak for the problems. Again.
Josh Wardell watched in amazement this morning as the warning lights came on where the train tracks cross Main Street in Cambridge and drivers said "screw that" and just kept on going.
Back in the old days, railroads used to use semaphores to signal train engineers whether they could go forward and how fast. You can still see one of these semaphores where the old Boston & Maine (now MBTA, natch) line to Fitchburg crosses Elm Street in downtown Waltham - mounted on a switching tower that sits next to a switch for what used to be a line to Watertown.
The signals were, of course, not very useful at night, so there were also bulbs to signal engineers: Read more.
A concerned, and probably disgusted, citizen requested a cleanup around 1 p.m. at the Roslindale Village commuter-rail stop:
There is a large beheaded rooster next to the commuter rail tracks at the pedestrian crossing.
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