Green Line

By - 6/30/14 - 6:07 pm

Heat and the MBTA are two things you rarely want to see in the same sentence.

Remember those heat-related speed restrictions that were supposed to go away after the state bought the Worcester Line tracks? They didn't.

Down in the tunnels, the Green Line is melting in the dark:

Hell is a disabled #MBTA train underground, at rush hour, during the summer,

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By - 6/20/14 - 3:08 pm
Government Center mural

An MBTA spokesman reports T staff today contacted artist Mary Beams, who painted a series of murals installed in the Government Center T stop in 1979, after somebody who heard about the search alerted the T that she now helps run a pie bakery and restaurant in Grand Marais, MN.

The T is demolishing the current station to make way for a new... Read more

By - 6/19/14 - 2:54 pm
Old Government Center mural

The MBTA says it has something for artist Mary Beams: The 19 murals on wood panels she created for the Green Line platform at Government Center. Workers have carefully removed the art to make way for the new station, but won't be putting them back in.

If you are Mary Beams or you know how to locate her, please let the MBTA know by contacting

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By - 6/18/14 - 9:25 pm

A small track fire on the Green Line near Park Street tonight halted service and left some riders sitting on trains in tunnels.

At 8:36 p.m., Myron-Fletch Freeman tweeted:

Still trapped on Green Line train outside Government Center. And this city thinks it could host an Olympics .

That was more than 20 minutes after he first reported his trolley was stuck in the... Read more

By - 6/13/14 - 7:03 pm

The ads read "Man Vs Train", and pit a 170 pound man against a 80 ton LRV ("80 tons of American Steel" is the tag line - ha ha). The ads also have a pseudo warning sign that reads "See Tracks Think Train". The LRV depicted in the ads looks similar to the ones being built for GLX, except it has red stripes instead of... Read more

By - 6/4/14 - 8:13 pm

the closure of Government Center station such a secret from the passengers? As I first mentioned some weeks ago (in a reply to another post), announcements about the closure, save for an occasional Green Line operator, are almost non existent. Further, only a handful of the line maps I've observed on Green Line streetcars have not yet been modified with the temporary "CLOSED" stickers over... Read more

By - 6/2/14 - 8:43 am

Let's see: There's a dead Red Line train at Park Street, a dead trolley somewhere on the inbound side of the D line and there are major delays for some no doubt good reason on the Fitchburg Line.

By - 5/31/14 - 11:30 am
Cardolino and dog

Christopher Cardalino of Somerville, police say, abandoned his faithful dog when officers came after him for piggybacking through a Park Street fare gate Thursday evening.

Upon approach of the officers Cardalino became nervous and when asked for some form of identification Cardalino dropped the leash for his dog and took off running. The dog, possibly abandoned and appearing confused, also ran in the direction of

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By - 5/27/14 - 4:24 pm

Concrete Plaza has daily views of the work to replace the old Government Center T stop, from somebody who works across the street.

By - 5/20/14 - 8:28 am

At 8:20 a.m., Anna McCarter tweeted:

VERY disabled Green Line D train between Kenmore and Hynes.

By - 5/19/14 - 11:25 am

Track problems at Park Street mean travel problems for riders heading to Mission Hill, Brighton, Brookline and Newton.

By - 5/19/14 - 10:19 am

A Lawrence man faces arraignment today on charges of assault and battery and indecent exposure for an incident around 7:25 p.m. on Saturday at the Park Street T stop.

Transit Police report that Saud Alradada, 21, of Lawrence, went up to a T worker standing by the fare gates and punched her in the shoulder for no good reason:

The victim yelled out to

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By - 5/16/14 - 8:36 am

Waiting for a B trolley? At 8:20, Douglas Tetrault reported:

B line train just took the front end off a car crossing the South Street tracks. B-liners beware

"Expect delay," Transit Police confirm.

By - 5/16/14 - 6:41 am

A "power problem" at Fenway has riders seeing yellow instead of green this morning between Fenway and Reservoir.

By - 5/14/14 - 4:01 pm
New trolleys

Hess trains?

The state Department of Transportation today approved an average 5% increase in T fares, starting in July. The Globe has details.

The department also voted to spend $118 million - half to come from the feds - to buy 24 new Green Line cars in anticipation of the opening of the Green Line Extension one of these years.

The new cars will be built... Read more

By - 5/10/14 - 8:31 am

Head over to ArchBoston for a discussion about an entrance to what used to be the Mass. Ave. trolley stop that workers uncovered the other day - then promptly filled right back in. With some photos of when the station was a trolley hub (more photos).... Read more

By - 5/8/14 - 4:41 pm
Bus on Green Line tracks in Allston

Carli Velocci photographed the bus that is now preventing outbound B Line trolleys from moving in Allston.

How the bus wound up there is under investigation by Veolia Transportation, which runs BPS buses, a BPS spokesman said.

We believe there were five students on board when it happened. Everyone is fine and another school bus already came to pick them up and

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By - 4/29/14 - 4:16 pm

Anthony Peppe, 68, was arraigned yesterday on a charge of indecent assault and battery for an incident at Park Street on April 8.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, Peppe grabbed a woman's buttocks as she was about to board a trolley that afternoon:

Another male passenger told the assailant, later identified as Peppe, to leave the victim alone, and all three entered

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By - 4/25/14 - 5:12 pm

Got this alert earlier:

Park St: Beginning Wed, Apr 30, the D & E branches will switch berths with D branch trains berthing on Track 2 & E branch trains berthing on Track 1

Affected routes:
Green Line D branch
Green Line E branch

Last updated: Apr 25 2014 3:58 PM

As to why this is sensible - at present D trains... Read more

By - 4/24/14 - 7:51 am

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy, who, they say, indecently assaulted two women on April 8.

First, around 3:35, he touched a woman at Park Street around 3:35 p.m. He then got on an outbound trolley and did the same thing to another woman as she exited the train at Arlington.

He's in his 50s and wore a black knit cap,... Read more

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