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:
Kicks off with a delayed train.
Cyber Monday gift.
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.
Johnmcboston wonders why the MBTA is running single-car trolleys on Black Friday.
David Harris captured the uneasy standoff at a T stop in Brookline this morning.
What the T describes as "minor" delays inbound on the D Line has turned into a 20-25-minute wait, Suzannishly reports.
The MBTA has released what it says are the actual votes by people who care about the paint schemes for new cars on the Red and Orange Lines, and this time, they say, people voted for the same basic scheme for both, just in different colors, for the cars, which could be in service in a few years. Read more.
UPDATE: The Globe reports it's Florida all over again: The T has put the vote into abeyance until it can examine apparent voting irregularities.
Well, actually three winners. The MBTA has selected the final paint schemes for the new Green, Orange, and Red Line cars:
About 50 Northeastern students protesting in support of higher wages for both adjunct professors and people who make the minimum wage blocked the E Line at Forsyth Street for several speeches and chants this afternoon. Read more.
to run the E line, they seem to have the darndest trouble. The latest issue, as per this T alert:
Green Line E branch service suspended between Prudential and Heath Street in both directions due to demonstrators blocking the tracks. Use Route 39 for service between Prudential and Heath Street.
As a point of comparison, MassDOT didn't detour traffic off of I-93 at exits when the Somerville 17 blocked it. They let the police move the protesters off the highway instead. Too bad the MBTA apparently doesn't have the common sense to do similar here.
Some T riders read, some snooze and some stitch. Lovekoan shows us the dish cloth she's working on as she rides the Green Line and wonders what other T stitchers are working on.
UPDATE: Some lines not affected by the signal problems are late because of the dreaded slippery rail.
The T is reporting delays on trains from the south due to Amtrak signal problems. And trains that would normally stop at Ruggles just aren't.
Also, trains decided it was Judgment Day on the Green and Red Lines and so gave up the ghost.
WBZ reports an outbound trolley died in the tunnel near Copley around 1:30 p.m. yesterday, forcing riders to be evacuated back to the station and bollixing up service for everybody else.
Boston Metro interviews the winners of the auctions for the murals that graced the Green Line station at Government Center until the current reconstruction project started.
Two workers finished up installation of one wall of the new glass panels at the Government Center T station today.
It's barely the first week in November, and we already have a bell-ringer sighting.
MBTA North Station subway concourse about 3:40 pm.
Sure, the Army does some very good work. But do us all a favor and wait another six weeks before ringing your bells.
Harry Wong noticed today that somebody spent a fair amount of time decorating a Green Line trolley at the Cleveland Circle yard with a large representation of a classic English word.
Alas for Tagger Dude, that's an un-rebuilt old trolley, so it's not going anywhere, except to get fixed and repaired (the Globe reports it's not one of the trolleys heading to upstate New York for a major overhaul). Also, when it comes to taggers, T cops go into Mountie mode.
The MBTA reports workers busy upgrading the Blue Line platform at Government Center recently: Read more.
In the early 1970s, the MBTA launched an ambitious effort to upgrade the Riverside Line that included reconstructing the tracks and the purchase of 150 new trolleys from Boeing Vertol. Jed Hresko found a flier from those halcyon days that included a description of the new cars:
Features of the Light Rail Vehicles include: Improved riding comfort with air-conditioning in Summer and reliable heat in Winter, fluorescent lighting, and tinted windows; greater speeds; smooth starting and stopping; a public address system and two-way radios, and reduced noise and vibration.