The Globe reports the 40 new locomotives the T bought are running more reliably than the wheezing old engines they replace, but are still having problems. However, the T has figured out how to stop them from catching on fire.
People heading into Boston on the Providence/Stoughton Line are not liking how slowly their trains are moving due to what the T says are Amtrak signal problems.
The T reports it's now busing passengers from Andover south due to a train that grappled with death, and lost.
Around 5:25 p.m. near 94 Vinton Rd. in Melrose, Transit Police report.
Train 078 is now in repose in Quincy Center; the T urges riders wishing to complete their journeys to hop on the Red Line.
Reports coming in from all over about people discovering they were charged $8 instead of $4 for using PayByPhone to park in MBTA commuter-rail lots this morning. The T is aware of the issue:
This is true. Software issue w/ PayByPhone. We'll make sure your account is credited.
City Councilors Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) and Michelle Wu (at large) want the T to publicly explain why people who use the Fairmount Line or who board the train at Forest Hills pay so much less than people who take commuter rail in from Roslindale and other parts of Hyde Park in particular. Read more.
Train 204 from Haverhill is sitting in Malden going nowhere fast.
Meanwhile, west of town, a locomotive sighs and dies in Wellesley, leaving riders on train 506 out of Worcester wondering when they'll get into town.
Schedule of upcoming meetings on fare hikes, the end of late-night service on weekends and commuter-rail schedule changes.
A Franklin Line train sits motionless just past Dedham Corporate Center this morning, with no lights and conductors getting all Sgt. Schultz on the riders (they know nothing! Nothing!). Riders know what's happening only because the T is thoughtfully tweeting alerts these days. Or as Chuggies puts it:
Can you tell the conductors to share this info ON the train!! Why do I have to scour twitter to find out why we are stopped?!?!
Or as Shuchi M puts it:
Woot, they cancelled two trains, brought a smaller train than usual, and made the express a local. Where did the fare hike money go MBTA?
Both the Haverhill and Greenbrush lines are having "track" issues this morning; in the case of the Haverhill Line, that involved an out-of-service train derailing. One Haverhill train, the 204, left Andover like 45 minutes late. Tim the Enchanter reports:
I'm sitting on the Haverhill line right now. We've traveled half a stop in 90mins. "Winter Happens", per MBTA signs.
Riders aren't supposed to ride in the spaces between cars on commuter rail, but, eh, whadaya gonna do, right, Fitchburg Line riders? Finn, who was among those lucky riders around 7 a.m., reports a conductor's reassuring words:
If you're in there, make sure you hold on.
Today's delays on the Newburyport/Rockport and Haverhill lines are brought to you with a Viagra-fueled drawbridge that just won't go down.
I like how they removed the phrase 'three year duration' and replaced it with "completion in December 2018". Technically the same information, but sounds like " we hope most people will gloss over it and not do the math".
This time, an outbound Stoughton Line train met up with the ferryman between Forest Hills and Readville around 5:30 p.m. As JDB put it:
Stuck on broken down #mbta commuter rail looking at sign stating that #mbta is ready for winter.40 min delay this morning. #IRONY.