Commuter rail

By - 12/1/16 - 8:57 am
Turtle car hit by train in Needham

Somebody parked their formerly expensive car just a little too close to the tracks at the Needham Heights station this morning and a Needham Line train took exception and flipped that puppy upside down. One train was canceled and others were delayed, although things were mostly back on track by 8:20 a.m. or so.

By - 11/25/16 - 11:11 pm

Transit Police report arresting Derrek Toussaint, 29, on a charge of open and gross lewdness around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, after another man came out of the men's room at the Back Bay T stop to report Toussaint was masturbating there.

Earlier:
Couple charged with sexing it up in the men's room.

Innocent, etc.

By - 11/18/16 - 4:38 pm

Transit Police report an officer arrested a Boston man and his Braintree squeeze around 9 p.m. yesterday at Back Bay station after spotting them vigorously enjoying each other in a stall just beyond that Amtrak poster that has been promising improvements for the last 30 years. Read more.

By - 11/17/16 - 6:26 pm

An outbound Worcester Line hit a 59-year-old man around 6:20 p.m. at the Bacon Street bridge in Wellesley. He did not survive.

Foul play is not suspected, Transit Police report.

The investigation caused major delays in both directions on the line.

By - 11/17/16 - 9:03 am

Rick Macomber posts some video showing a car whose driver went around some a down and flashing crossing gate in Revere last night, only to have the back half of her car immediately taken off by the commuter-rail train that was the reason for the gate to lower. The driver and a passenger got out OK, but for some reason they decided not to wait around for police.

By - 11/16/16 - 12:04 am

The Globe reports Keolis has put several workers on leave while it, the T and now federal safety officials figure out how and why they returned a train that had hit a barrier - with no passengers on board - back into service without repairs, which, of course, led to the train dying in the middle of the morning commute on the Worcester Line the next day.

By - 11/9/16 - 8:50 am

Sam Sam reports on her ride into town this morning:

Absolutely silent on my CR train this morning. It's like we're all in mourning of the death of someone we know.

Read more.

By - 11/4/16 - 6:08 pm

The T reports:

Franklin Train 722 (5:04 pm inbound) has departed Forge Park/495 & is operating 50-60 min late due to the rescue of disabled Train 720.

Read more.

By - 11/4/16 - 2:46 pm

Note - this subject originally came up in another thread, but I felt it deserves more attention, so I'm posting a separate story

The MBTA recently released new commuter rail schedules effective November 21st. Read more.

By - 10/26/16 - 4:26 pm

UPDATE: The T now blames signal problems at Alewife for ongoing delays.

Service all along the Red Line has come to a grinding halt due to a train that has left this mortal coil at Alewife.

Meanwhile, the Rockport/Newburyport is once again imitating the Fairmount Line.

By - 10/25/16 - 12:38 pm

UPDATE: Bail set at $5,000, but he won't be going anywhere because a Boston Municipal Court judge revoked his bail on an unrelated Malden case, per the Suffolk County DA's office. Should he get out, he has to stay away from Sarah, currently limping but in stable condition at Angell.

Transit Police report arresting a man they say repeatedly punched and choked an 11-month-old Husky around 9:30 p.m. yesterday at North Station. Read more.

By - 10/24/16 - 8:48 am

Aside from the general suckitude on the Fairmount Line, Keolis this morning is blaming delays on the dreaded slippery rail, from all those slippery leaves that fell in the weekend monsoon.

By - 10/19/16 - 1:02 pm

WGBH reports on comments by US Rep. Seth Moulton on why he supports the North-South Rail Link between North and South stations. State officials have long said, nah, let's expand South Station, even though they've yet to convince the Postal Service to move out of its current facility there.

By - 10/14/16 - 2:02 pm

At 1:35 p.m., the MBTA sent out this tweet:

Lowell Train 319 (1:15 pm outbound) is operating 15-25 minutes behind schedule between North Station and Lowell due to terminal congestion.

By - 10/6/16 - 8:37 pm

Miles on the MBTA, who usually tries to find the good in even the dowdiest T stop, finds absolutely nothing worthwhile about pitiful Hastings, a tiny little stop on the Fitchburg Line in Weston, right down to the Sharpie-drawn station sign on a plank of wood:

They...they even drew a little sign around "Hastings" and gave the MBTA website and everything! So...this is the signage. THIS IS THE ONLY INDICATION THAT PEOPLE ARE WAITING AT THE HASTINGS COMMUTER RAIL STATION ON THE FITCHBURG LINE IN WESTON, MASSACHURSETSTES! HASTINGS? MORE LIKE HATE-STINGS, BECAUSE THIS STATION IS THE WORST!

By - 9/30/16 - 8:40 pm

Praise to Keolis — not a phrase I normally use. However, I just got a call from their support folk about six minutes after I emailed a complaint. AND she resolved it.

This gist centers on a nickel. Read more.

By - 9/22/16 - 1:12 pm

At least one train has already been cancelled as police investigate the 12:30 p.m. incident, but the T is bracing passengers to expect "significant delays." Mansfield Police report the person is dead - on a stretch of tracks where Amtrak trains travel at well over 100 m.p.h.