Green Line

Green Line

By - 11/8/14 - 10:37 am

Somerville Voices reports on a meeting at which MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said the T had to be prepared for the potential loss of money from increasing gas taxes in order to win federal funding for the plan to someday extend the Green Line into Somerville and Medford.

On Tuesday, voters repealed a plan under which gas taxes would increase every year at the inflation rate.

By - 10/31/14 - 7:55 am
Green Line refugees on the Orange Line at Back Bay

Back Bay: Orange Line now reporting delays due to all the Green Line refugees. Photo by Alexander Zafris.

One of those dreaded "track issues" means no service at all between Arlington and Haymarket. Use the Orange Line, the T advises, and pray it doesn't die, too.

Jason Greeley reported at 8:20:

Broken rail at Boylston, no shuttle, stuck for half an hour in a tunnel.

UPDATE, 8:49 a.m.: And now the entire E line is dead and the T is advising that "Orange Line experiencing moderate delays due to heavy ridership as a result of the Green Line track issue."

By - 10/29/14 - 6:57 pm
Darth Vader on the Green Line

Rosina Maria Lucibello normally rides the Orange Line, but when that proved impossible tonight, she hopped on the Green Line, only to come face to face with Lord Vader.

By - 10/29/14 - 7:47 am
Dead bus on South Huntington Avenue

The dead bus. Photo by Tyler.

Just ask anybody who tried getting to the medical area via South Huntington Avenue this morning, thanks to a 38 bus whose poor little heart just plum gave out just before Huntington around 7:20 or so, close enough to the trolley tracks to box in a trolley and so jam up the entire inbound side of the road back into JP.

Yes, a 38 - it was one of the buses making a morning run from the hinterlands up to Boston Latin School.

Ed. note: I know this thanks to updates from the kidlet, who abandoned her own stuck 39 bus at Heath Street and fast-walked to school.

By - 10/23/14 - 10:26 am

The MBTA reports that starting this afternoon, it'll be feeding above-ground Green Line location data to the apps that let riders see when the next trolley is arriving - at least if they're standing on the surface.

The T says it will start sending out its own next-train predictions by December for above-ground trolleys - which will give un-tunnelled riders access to the sort of countdown clocks riders on the Red, Blue and Orange lines now take for granted - and will extend the datat to underground stations early next year.

By - 10/20/14 - 7:49 am

The MBTA holds a meeting Thursday on a proposal to "consolidate the BU West, St. Paul, Babcock, and Pleasant stops into two fully accessible stations that will help reduce travel times and improve safety."

The session begins at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon room at the BPL main library in Copley Square.

By - 10/6/14 - 11:53 am

The Massachusetts Court of Appeals today ordered a new trial to determine how much the MBTA owes a woman who suffered serious neck injuries when Green Line operator Aiden Quinn plowed through a red light and crashed into another trolley in 2009, saying her lawyer manipulated the jury's emotions by repeatedly raising issues not supported by any evidence during the trial.

By - 10/3/14 - 11:11 am
Truck on fire on Commonwealth Avenue at Boston University

A sewage vacuum truck caught fire around 10:40 a.m. on Comm. Ave. near Amory Street, sending a plume of black smoke into the air before firefighters arrived to douse the flames.

Mark Vantour shows us the smoke. Jared Bancroft shows us the remains of the truck:

By - 10/2/14 - 3:46 pm

A Brighton Municipal Court jury yesterday convicted John Biesiot, 36, of Chicago, on 15 counts of vandalism for incidents in 2008 and 2010 that left several T cars tagged up with nom de paint of Wyse, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Judge David Driscoll sentenced Biesiot to a year and a day in the Suffolk County House of Corrections, and will hold a hearing next month to determine how much Biesiot will have to pay the MBTA for cleaning up after him.

The jury found Biesiot not guilty of tagging up the Blue and Orange Lines, the DA's office reports.

According to the DA's office:

By - 9/26/14 - 11:38 am
Pigeons on the walls at Government Center in Boston

Melissa Obleada shows us part of the mural being painted on the barriers around the Government Center T-station construction site.

Anybody know who's doing the painting?

UPDATE: It's the same guys who did the Nelson Mandela mural in Roxbury, working with Heidi Schork and the Boston Mural crew (H/t Joyce).

By - 9/24/14 - 5:47 pm

issues the T alerts appears to be directionally challenged

Green Line D branch: Service currently terminating at Park Street Station. For eastbound (emphasis added) D branch service, please board at Park Street.

Last updated: Sep 23 2014 02:05 PM

And I won't even comment on management's ongoing policy of "oh, we've decided it's suddenly inconvenient for us to run D service all the way to North Station (despite our promises to do so and even though it's only 2 in the afternoon), so we'll change the service".

By - 9/15/14 - 11:00 am
Old orange trolleys in Boston

Yes, it's orange-trolley day here on UHub. The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 9/11/14 - 5:30 pm

Shortly before 5 p.m., a BPS bus driver somehow backed into an E-Line trolley near Mission Park, A.P. Blake reports. The three children on board the bus were taken to Children's Hospital just as a precaution; the E Line began terminating at Brigham Circle.

Photo from the air.

By - 9/9/14 - 9:55 am
A traffic warning from the MBTA

Matt Hrono reports T workers were handing out these "tickets" at red lights along Huntington Avenue this morning.

By - 9/3/14 - 4:50 pm

The state Department of Transportation and the MBTA said today they're soliciting bids for development above state land at Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue - and say the project is key to making the existing Hynes Green Line station handicap accessible.

By - 9/3/14 - 4:21 pm
Government Center MBTA station being rebuilt in Boston

DD808 shows us the above-ground progress on rebuilding the Government Center T stop.

By - 9/3/14 - 9:48 am

The Amateur Planner charts seven years' of T ridership data and ponders why Green Line and commuter-rail ridership remain depressed even as Red, Blue and Orange Line numbers are going up.

By - 8/29/14 - 6:29 pm
Students on the Green Line in Boston

Ari Baronofsky observed migratory students on the Green Line this afternoon:

Dear students, welcome to the MBTA, now please step away from the doors and move into the %+*£ train!

By - 8/27/14 - 9:02 am

Some sort of wire ish means busing for Riverside riders between Riverside and Newton Highland - and problems for riders further down the line, as Phil R. reported at 7:50 a.m.:

You KNOW the D line is F'D up when you wait 25 mins at Newton Ctr for packed like sardines train & they don't collect fares.

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