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.
DD808 shows us the above-ground progress on rebuilding the Government Center T stop.
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.
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 %+*Â£ train!
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.
Mister Jon captured the scene in Kenmore Square, where refugees streamed out of the Green Line after a trolley derailed.
Patrick Kineavy and Alex Lovejoy of the MBTA recently explored a long-abandoned fallout shelter next to an abandoned trolley tunnel under Tremont Street (the one you see on the right on the inbound platform at Boylston).
Imagine having to subsist on whatever's in this barrel:
The Amateur Planner proposes a paved transit way with tracks for not just the B Line but the 57 and BU bus routes.
While we've never done this, other cities have, and it would have a whole host of advantages, including getting buses out of traffic (and bike lanes), stations better able to serve people with disabilities, even some additional parking spaces. Throw in the long-fabled transit priority for traffic signals and you might even see shorter commute times.
JB Parrett photographs the Zakim Bridge from under the Green Line viaduct across the Charles.
When caught, Nelligan will face arraignment for felony vandalism and trespassing for the Boylston incident and separate charges for three graffiti incidents in Brighton.
The Red Line and the Green Line (C in particular) have had better mornings, as have their riders.
And speaking of the Green Line, at 11, some folks will see if they can outrun the Green Line between BC and Blandford Street. Watch them live.
A Green Line trolley had a bit of a derailment on Boylston around 8:45 p.m. Inbound Green Line passengers are being told to get off at Copley and get on the Orange Line at Back Bay.
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, with a Sox home game, surrounded by sweaty people.
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 one and doesn't plan to re-install the murals.
A spokesman reports:
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 Marggie Lackner, MBTA Director of Design & Architecture at [email protected]. If we are unable to reach Mary Beams, we will store the artworks but cannot guarantee that we will keep them beyond ninety days.
A T spokesman says the murals, each about 4 feet by 8 feet, were probably installed in the 1960s.
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 tunnel.
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 green. Although the Operation Lifesaver logo was included on the ads, a Google search seems to indicate that this a privately funded effort that O/L is supporting.
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 the Government Center stop.
But earlier, I received the ultimate proof of the MBTA's campaign to keep unwary tourists and other non-everyday users of the system in the dark about the Government Center closure. Witness this alert: