Commuter rail

By - 10/4/17 - 3:54 pm

Around 3:45 p.m. by an outbound Worcester Line train. Transit Police report the man, about, 20, was taken to a local hospital in critical attention.

By - 10/3/17 - 11:45 am
Filled in hole at Dedham parking lot

Yesterday, David White took to Twitter to complain about the large and growing potholes in the parking lot of the Dedham Corporate Center parking lot on the Franklin Line. This morning, as you can see above, White arrived to find the holes filled.

By - 10/2/17 - 9:30 am
Big potholes in Dedham

David White provides the proof that the potholes/craters at the Dedham Corporate Center parking lot have gotten out of hand.

By - 10/2/17 - 8:42 am

UPDATE: MBTA says the problem is fixed.

Commuter-rail riders who normally use the mTicket system can't this morning.

Kevin Essington reports:

People are buying tickets for other passengers w cash.

By - 9/25/17 - 2:39 pm
Wanted in Dorchester

Transit Police surveillance photo.

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy for an attack at the Four Corners/Geneva commuter-rail station around 9 p.m. on Sept. 12. Read more.

By - 9/20/17 - 9:58 pm

Last month, workers quickly took down Samsung ads at South Station that basically called people in Mattapan phone thieves. Earlier today, Malia Lazu found a couple new Samsung ads also at South Station, that basically do the same thing, only this time swapping in Worcester and Ruggles. Read more.

By - 9/19/17 - 4:17 pm

At 3:38 p.m., Mikhaela Houston tweeted from onboard a train to Needham that is just sitting at Bellevue on the Roslindale/West Roxbury line: Read more.

By - 9/15/17 - 7:44 pm

Transit Police report an outbound Franklin Line train hit and killed somebody who was on the tracks at the Cedar Street bridge around 6:15 p.m.

Foul play is not suspected.

By - 9/15/17 - 11:44 am
New Back Bay restrooms

The MBTA is showing off the revamped restrooms at Back Bay station, which opened this week.

By - 9/7/17 - 12:24 pm

WCVB reports officials are investigating how a car on the Newburyport/Rockport Line train separated from the rest of the train yesterday.

By - 9/1/17 - 4:07 pm

The Globe reports that the MBTA has brought back its former general manager, Dan Grabauskas, to serve as executive director of commuter rail, which means he'll be working with T officials to figure out ways Keolis, which actually runs commuter rail under a contract, can make things better. Read more.

By - 8/31/17 - 9:03 am
Samsung ad implies phone thieves are all from Mattapan

Bos IT Guy was among the people wondering what Samsung was thinking with these ads that went up in South Station yesterday.

Or as Tory Bullock puts it: Read more.

By - 8/30/17 - 3:38 pm
Sanchez

Transit Police report arresting Robert Sanchez, 49, for allegedly exposing himself and masturbating in full view of at least one woman near the fare gates at Back Bay station around 3:30 p.m. yesterday.

Sanchez was charged with open and gross lewdness, police say.

Innocent, etc.

By - 8/22/17 - 12:35 pm

State officials gathered at Ruggles station this morning to formally break ground on a $38-million project that will mean a new commuter-rail platform and a new lower busway and elevators. Read more.

By - 8/17/17 - 11:45 am

Harvard Kennedy School researchers tried to figure out the cost of a North-South rail link, find it would be between roughly $3.8 billion for a single-tunnel, two-track layout and $5.9 billion for a higher-capacity system with two tunnels and four tracks. Read more.

By - 8/10/17 - 12:01 pm

MassDOT reports it heard residents and elected officials who didn't like the idea of behemoth WiFi towers along commuter-rail tracks and has ordered the contractor building infrastructure for a new train-based WiFi network, BAI Communications, to come back with plans that use either existing utility poles or poles a lot shorter than 70 feet.

By - 8/2/17 - 5:52 pm
South Station crowds

The maddening crowds at South Station. Photo by Amy.

David Perry reports that South Station Meltdown, Take 2, is due to a problem in Tower 1, an Amtrak shed just outside South Station that handles switching trains onto the right tracks at the station. It's the second evening rush hour in a row that South Station commuters have found themselves with extra time to get a drink or three.

By - 8/1/17 - 6:25 pm
Sad commuters at South Station

Unhappy campers at South Station. Photo by Kerry O'Brien.

In the winter of 2015, the MBTA had a valid reason for delayed trains. Today? Who knows? But resigned riders are stacking up at South Station this evening. Read more.

By - 7/31/17 - 10:56 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today the MBTA didn't break any implied contract with riders when it cancelled or delayed scores of commuter-rail trains in the the Winter of Our Discontent. Read more.

By - 7/17/17 - 8:57 am
Waiting for the bus in Salem

Claire Blechman was among those having to transfer from a bus to a train in Salem, due to work on the Newburyport/Rockport Line that will keep it shut through Aug. 13.