The state auditor's office today released a report that found a nearly $102-million discrepancy over five years between the cash the MBTA actually took in through fare boxes on buses and trolleys and the amount those boxes said they were fed.
The MBTA said that simply reflects software issues, not massive amounts of theft or money rolling behind driver's seats, and the auditor's office... Read more
The Globe reports the alleged butterfingers was packing a loaded gun on an outbound trolley just before Newton Centre; a rider dropped a dime and police arrested him and three pals.
another power problem on the Riverside Line - with buses replacing streetcars between Reservoir and Riverside. Here's the official alert:
Alternate shuttle bus service will replace Green D-Branch trains between Reservoir and Riverside Station due to a power problem. Please expect significant delays and seek alternate transportation where available. Â 9/7/2012 7:42 PM
Note that the MBTA has posted this exact same alert about the... Read more
A dead trolley at Reservoir, dead trains at Kendall and somewhere on the Ashmont line, signal and track problems on the Fitchburg Line and, oh, yeah, a freight-train derailment on the Haverhill line meant all sorts of fun for commuters this morning.
Major flustercluck on the Green Line this morning thanks to a "track problem" somewhere between Kenmore and Park that the T said meant only 15-minute delays, but which actual riders tweeted were more like an hour - when they could get on a packed train at all, which people actually on those packed trains emphasized might not be much of a blessing, given how the... Read more
Anyone want to help get the MBTA to get rid of the closed door policy on the Green Line?
Checked and no one else had set up Facebook page so I did. Welcome any and all suggestions. It's only going to get worse when school starts in the fall.
Thanks.... Read more
Boston to a T explains the limits of automatic vehicle identification on the Green Line.
UPDATE: An overhead wire became an underfoot wire on the Riverside line around 9:30 p.m., leading to busing, passengers being forced to evacuate trolleys to walk back to stations, etc.
Maybe the trains just couldn't bear all the weight of soccer fans heading to Fenway. Or the anguished ghosts of riders past were reaching up and grabbing the wheels of the trains. Whatever, Perry... Read more
At one point this morning, dead trains and signal problems meant simultaneous delays on the Red, Green and Blue Lines. Ol' Grampa Orange Line, however, confounded the delay gremlins.
A man with a record that includes stalking and witness intimidation was charged with groping a woman on a Green Line trolley Tuesday evening - and then trying to chat her up later when he spotted her as he drove away.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports Douglas Ewald, 51, had bail set at $3,000 for the alleged incidents during the Tuesday afternoon rush... Read more
It's SNAFU at Park Street, where people are sardined on platforms waiting for trains to move. At 6:38, Nikki Frankel tweeted:
MAJOR delays on green line. Been at Park St. for 20 minutes with no movement. PA said service has been "temporarily halted".
3 D line trains, sitting on the Park Street platform for 10+ mins.
At 7:07 p.m.,... Read more