Green Line

By - 1/5/16 - 10:21 pm

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.

By - 1/4/16 - 6:07 pm
Car on Green Line tracks in Allston

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.

By - 12/31/15 - 11:03 am
Boston trolley in 1943

As 1943 turned into 1944, Boston trolleys ran every 10 minute, all night, the folks at the Boston City Archives inform us. The BAC Library identifies the station as today's Prudential stop.

By - 12/29/15 - 10:11 pm
Wanted

Transit Police report they are looking for a guy with a skateboard on charges he indecently attacked a woman at the Park Street Green Line station around 2:40 p.m. on Dec. 14. Read more.

By - 12/29/15 - 1:32 pm
Silver Line buses take the place of Green Line trolleys in Brighton

Now batting for the Green Line: The Silver Line. Photo by Scottie Campbell.

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.

By - 12/29/15 - 11:56 am
Green Line and car crash in Brookline

The view from inside the trolley. Photo by Vienne.

The crash happened around 11:45 a.m. at St. Mary Street. No service between Kenmore and Coolidge Corner as a result.

By - 12/23/15 - 9:07 am

The MBTA is seeking bids from companies that might want to lease 400 square feet of space on the Green Line level of the Government Center stop when it re-opens this spring.

The T also has a 150-square-foot space available on the Blue Line platform. Read more.

By - 12/20/15 - 9:28 am
Scollay Under sign at Government Center MBTA station in downtown Boston

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.

By - 12/18/15 - 11:50 am

At:

http://blog.mass.gov/transportation/mbta/mbta-north-station-headhouse-to...

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".

By - 12/14/15 - 4:51 pm

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.

By - 12/14/15 - 9:00 am

T workers managed to dispose of the carcass of a trolley that died at Cleveland Circle earlier this morning, but now there are signal issues at Copley jamming up the works.

By - 12/12/15 - 12:44 pm

Jamaica Plain News posts some video of what happens when the local Honk band is waiting at Green Street for a train to a climate-change protest on the Common.

UPDATE: The music didn't stop when the train pulled in.

By - 12/10/15 - 11:40 am

The state announced today it's canceling all its contracts with the major contractors on the Green Line Extension through Somerville and Medford and will try to re-bid the project.

The project is not completely dead yet, however: Some construction work will continue and the emergency board that now runs the T is appointing an interim project manager to try to pick up the pieces and get the Green Line to somehow run north of Lechmere one of these years. Read more.

By - 12/9/15 - 6:21 pm

Boston Magazine reports on a meeting today of the MassDOT and MBTA fiscal control boards at which consultants urged officials to toss the current bid, which has ballooned in cost and seek new bids for a system with smaller stations, a more modest trolley-repair facility and a different track alignment.

By - 12/3/15 - 4:40 pm

UPDATE, 10 a.m. Bhaiwala has set her report to "friends only."

UPDATE, 8:35 a.m.: A Transit Police spokesman says: "We have attempted to reach out to her but have not, as of this correspondence, received a reply."

Zahra Bhaiwala, who is studying health economics at the Harvard School of Public Health, reports she was on her way from class to work on the Green Line today when the trolley entered Copley and some guy she says had been eyeing her since Longwood started yelling that she had a bomb in the black bag she was carrying:

"Copley is next! That’s the best place for them to do an attack!” Followed by “Women are doing it too now, don’t you see the news?”

4 or 5 angry men had now gathered around me and I showed them my Harvard and Genzyme IDs and opened up the bag to show them my computers. They nodded their heads and backed away slowly. No one in the car said anything to the man, who refused to come with me to the MBTA office and also refused to apologize. None of the 5 men apologized either, which is more upsetting.

By - 12/2/15 - 8:31 am

Trolley past its expiration date at Kenmore is causing problems for riders who for some reason insist on heading downtown; train that had to be taken out and put out of its misery at Downtown Crossing causing problems for riders who for some reason insist on heading north instead of south.

UPDATE: Signals died, outbound riders sighed, on the Green Line at Copley.

By - 12/1/15 - 7:32 am

WBUR breaks it down and explains how the main contractor on the project learned to use the system to maximize its profits. Jon Keller notes that contractor was also involved in our other favorite bloated infrastructure project.

By - 11/30/15 - 8:55 am

An E Line trolley gave up the ghost at MFA, a Red Line train went express to Valhalla on the Braintree branch and an Orange Line train turned blue at Green. Or as MBTA Haiku put it:

Holiday season
Kicks off with a delayed train.
Cyber Monday gift.

By - 11/28/15 - 5:11 pm

Passengers of the Green and Orange Line's "super station" at North Station have an underground walkway that exits immediately adjacent to the TD North Garden and the North Station commuter rail concourse. People are only exposed to the elements for about 50 feet or so when making this transition.

However the MBTA has quietly announced that this portal which runs under Causeway Street is closing on January 2 to accommodate construction of the new development next to TD North which is now a parking lot, and the former footprint of the original Boston Garden. Read more.

By - 11/27/15 - 10:33 am
Crowded Green Line trolley

Johnmcboston wonders why the MBTA is running single-car trolleys on Black Friday.