Problems at Newton Highlands mean major problems on the Green Line to and from Riverside.
The Herald reports on - and posts photos of - a trolley that had one or two wheels decide they didn't really like the track they were on near Reservoir around 7:30 a.m. None of the passengers on board was injured, and service has since resumed.
UPDATE: Another Blue Line train died, at Airport. More trolleys died, at Waban and Arlington.
So far this morning, trains have shuffled off this mortal coil on the Green Line (Brookline Village and Reservoir on the D and Washington Street on the B) and the Blue Line (State Street). Riders on the Orange and Red lines didn't miss any of the fun, however, due to what the T says are now fixed signal issues near Wellington and JFK/UMass (the Blue Line also had some signal woes). Red Line riders also saw trains slow due to the ongoing work on the Longfellow.
Only, they're aren't exactly showing real time.
Noted that the westbound train displays at North Station and Haymarket have been activated.
However, instead of displaying (for example) "Heath St 5 MIN" and "Clvnd Cir 8 MIN", they are displaying (for example):
"E) 1 Stop Away" and "C) 2 Stops Away"
Additionally, the westbound sign at Boylston has also been changed to display the updated format.
Leave it to the T to take a good idea that was properly and reasonably implemented for eastbound trains and wreck it (no pun intended) for westbound trains.
An inbound D Line trolley breathed its last at Brookline Village around 8:15 a.m., leading soon after to delays.
Older Green Line trolleys are being refurbished at a facility in upstate New York. Paul MacMaster watched one of them being delivered to Riverside today.
for tonight (1/13), tomorrow night (1/14), and next Monday night (1/18)
Just got this T alert:
Update: The evening Green Ln supensions between Park St & Haymarket scheduled fo Jan 13, 14, & 18 have been cancelled
Nothing posted on the web page yet though The notice about the suspensions has been removed from the Green Line "Service Alerts" page, which IMO will only confuse those who previously heard about them and are looking for confirmation.
MassDOT reports Green Line service will be halted between Park and Haymarket stations for five nights - starting tonight - to allow work on the revamped Government Center station: Read more.
The T is warning of "moderate" delays on the B, C and D lines due to signal problems.
Weber King got caught in the "total chaos" exiting the first Garden event since the T entrance on that side of Causeway closed, forcing thousands of people to cross the street to get to the subway:
Yeah, this isn't gong to work, at all. Need a plan B ASAP.
The T can't win for losing today. The outbound B Line has come to a complete halt at Warren Street because somebody managed to get a car right onto the tracks.
The T is reporting "severe" delays on the B Line due to a "power problem" near Chestnut Hill Avenue. The buses are rolling between Babcock and BC.
The crash happened around 11:45 a.m. at St. Mary Street. No service between Kenmore and Coolidge Corner as a result.
The MBTA has released a batch of photos showing the state of Govermment Center station as it approaches its spring, 2016 re-opening, still on schedule despite having to replace all the glass panes in the above-ground part of the station (if you click on the link, scroll down the page a bit for the photos).
Stairs and escalator take shape: Read more.
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".
We only get one Big Dig, state declares: MassDOT and the board that now runs the T agreed today that they're not going to pay any more for the Green Line Extension than the state's already committed to, so if the project's costs can't be shrunk by a billion dollars or so, it's dead, unless "other sources" come up with the extra money, and by "other sources" they mean cities that really want the thing (both of them), landowners and developers that would benefit from being right on the proposed line.