Green Line

Green Line

By - 2/3/15 - 9:27 am
Stuck Green Line riders at Kenmore Square

Green Line riders look for the shuttle buses promised at Kenmore. Photo by Gabi Schaffzin.

It's so bad the "next train" signs aren't working. All lines are experiencing delays, but the Red Line is the worst of them all, according to a T spokesman:

A week of constant exposure to frigid temperatures, ice, and record snowfall has taken a major toll on the MBTA's vehicles and infrastructure. Rail service, particularly on the Red Line and Commuter Rail, will be severely impacted. Due to a shortage of fully functioning subway cars, customers are asked to consider an alternative to the Red Line today.

By - 2/2/15 - 4:13 pm
Dead Green Line trolleys on Commonwealth Avenue

Wicked long ad-hoc trolley train

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. Now there's a cab stuck on the tracks at Packards Corner.

Shortly before 4 p.m., Beth Wolfe reported:

Stranded @ Warren for 40 min due to struck T. 4 car train push didnt help. Still stranded. Help.

Meanwhile, the Red Line is kind of dead in both directions.

By - 1/23/15 - 9:37 am
Central Square crush on the MBTA Red Line

Bill Palin shows us the scene at Central Square around 9:30 a.m., as passengers wonder if they'll ever get to their destinations due to a train that went to its final destination at Harvard Square.

Coupled with a dead trolley on the Green Line, the Orange Line problems and inexplicably overpacked Blue Line trains, it was a rare superfecta on the T this morning.

By - 1/18/15 - 3:52 pm

Around 3:40 p.m. Firefighters quickly doused the fire, in a ground-level closet inside the station, but the T evacuated riders due to the smoke. Trains, however, continued to operate through the station.

By - 1/17/15 - 10:07 am
Park Street platform on the Green Line

Lexiiiiii spotted this solitary shoe at Park Street on the Green Line yesterday: Somebody so desperate to get on a train, they didn't want to try to unstick it, or sign of a partial rapture?

By - 1/8/15 - 8:32 am
No room on the Orange Line at Back Bay

Hopefully, the Angry Screaming Orange Line Driver had today off. Photo by Jed Hresko.

Well, they did warn us. Track problems on the Fairmount Line, a dead train on the Haverhill Line, switch problems on the Kingston/Plymouth Line, signal problems on the Providence/Stoughton Line all add up to commuter woes. There's a dead train somewhere on the Orange Line, and a Green Line trolley pulled into Kenmore with no heat, although as Bart Antista explains:

Great #mbta worker got everyone off and on another train. Nice work this morning #welldone

By - 1/7/15 - 4:37 pm
Green Line trolleys in a car barn

The MBTA reports it's putting as many Green Line trolleys as it can into car barns tonight so that they start out tomorrow nice and toasty, rather than so cold they just die on the tracks.

By - 1/3/15 - 11:58 am
Slit-screen view of MBTA Green Line trolley in Brookline

David Parsons used slit-scan photography to take this unusual view of a Green Line trolley on Beacon Street in Brookline.

Copyright David Parsons. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 12/10/14 - 4:47 pm
Dark trolley station in Boston

A shame there's no Twitter-controlled Christmas trees at Hynes station, because that might lighten the place up a bit now that the regular lights have failed, as Derrick shows us.

Above ground, meanwhile, traffic lights have gone on strike in the area of South Station.

By - 12/9/14 - 6:44 pm
Haymarket station on the Green Line in the rain

Just add some chlorine and welcome to Haymarket wading pool. Photo by Dave Fox.

Even as the rain supposedly nears the end of its increasingly annoying reign, the waters just keep piling up. From T stations to Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown and Circuit Drive in Franklin Park, which police shut due to flooding to Roslindale Square, which lost power, Bostonians have had enough, enough to slap anybody who might chirpily say "at least it's not snow!" Yeah, that guy.

In Somerville, one motorist had to be rescued from flood waters in Union Square.

By - 12/9/14 - 6:12 pm

A Green Line inspector could be in hot water for an incident on the Green Line this morning in which a door panel on a trolley suddenly fell off the train, a spokesman says:

A Green Line inspector is facing disciplinary action for failing to ensure that the trolley door was secured in the closed position before the train proceeded to Park St. Because of his failure to follow established procedures, a segment of the door dislodged after making contact with a part of the subway infrastructure.

By - 12/9/14 - 6:09 pm
Fenway sandbags

T workers piling up the sandbags. Photo by MBTA.

With the Muddy River rising fast, around 5:20 p.m., the MBTA shut the Riverside Line between Kenmore and Fenway and workers rushed to the portal just past Fenway to begin laying sandbags to keep the Muddy out of the Green Line, in two separate temporary dams.

Around 6:30 p.m., the Muddy River reached 16.4 feet - 1.4 feet above the flood stage at which its waters might begin pouring into the portal:

By - 12/9/14 - 11:26 am
Haymarket Square in 1909

The Boston City Archives has begun digitizing its collection of photos of Boston Elevated Railway photos, including a set showing construction of the North Station/Lechmere section, such as this photo of Haymarket Square on March 24, 1909.

Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 12/9/14 - 9:11 am
Overcrowded Kenmore on the Green Line

Jacob Weindling's advice to people heading to Kenmore: Don't.

UPDATE, 10:15 a.m.: The T reports regular service is resuming.

Good thing we're going for the summer Olympics: On this nor'eastery day, a trolley that circled the drain at Boylston and another trolley that lost part of a door while moving in a tunnel sent the Green Line into "severe" mode. Passengers crammed into stations hoping in vain to get onto trains that were already full to bursting. Or as Josh Jacobs put it:

By - 12/2/14 - 10:36 am

Well, the current estimated cost, at any rate. Boston Magazine reports on the billion-dollar federal commitment.

By - 11/28/14 - 11:39 am

The T says its trains, buses and ferries carried 37.3 million passengers last month, the first time the system has ever carried more than 37 million people in a single month.

The Green Line and buses did show small drops in ridership, however.

On a typical weekday in October of this year, an average of 1.377 million passenger trips were made throughout the MBTA system. For Fiscal Year 2015, which began the same day the fare increase took effect, MBTA ridership is outpacing Fiscal Year 2014 at a growth rate of 1.2%.

By - 11/21/14 - 8:51 am

At 8:29 a.m., the MBTA tweeted:

#GreenLine: All branches: Moderate eastbound delays due to power issue.

In response to somebody's query about what exactly "moderate" means when he's been sitting on a trolley that hasn't moved in ten minutes, the T added:

Yes, we describe a "moderate" delay as a major disruption in service.

At 8:54, Andrea reported:

By - 11/17/14 - 5:46 pm
Silver Line crowding

Packing them in at a Silver Line stop. Photo by Martin Zero.

Problems on the Red and Green lines mean crankytime for evening T commuters. Christie F. gives us a taste:

35 minutes ago my train pulled out of Lechmere. We still haven't reached Haymarket.

Southbound Red Line service has yet to reach standstill proportions, but that's of little solace to people jammed onto platforms who can't even sardine themselves into trains.

By - 11/9/14 - 12:35 pm

Green Line service turned into a complete oxymoron this morning when a trolley died. The T rolled in substitute buses between Kenmore and Park. At 11 a.m., Zach Tucker tweeted:

3 dark trolleys sitting at Copley IB, no MBTA CSA's anywhere to explain to clueless tourists.

UPDATE: At 1 p.m., the T announced resumption of normal service, but, naturally, with residual delays.

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