The MBTA reports car 3614, the first of four score and six Green Line cars being refurbished in upstate New York, started carrying passengers again this week. Read more.
Stephanie forwards this rendering of one of the trolleys the T will buy for the Green Line Extension from CAF, a Spanish company that will assemble the cars in Elmira, NY and which promises "prime performance and first-rate passenger comfort," so presumably they'll be able to get up Comm. Ave. and not fall off the tracks and stuff.
Mike gives us a visual update on the giant glasshouse rising above City Hall Plaza.
The MBTA reports this morning it's turned on countdown clocks at all the Riverside Line stops in Brookline.
The MBTA is playing a message at N Station this morning about how Shawn Thornton takes the T to work.
Transit Police report they are looking for this guy for an incident around 3:40 p.m. last Thursday on a trolley between Haymarket and Park Street.
He's described as white, in his 20s, 5'9" or 5'10" with a medium build. In addition to his Bruins hat, he wore white Apple ear buds.
If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous tip to 873873.
Grace Holley shows us the cascade of water now pouring onto the Riverside Line from a burst water main on an overpass at Brookline Hills - just like the cascade of water that poured onto the Riverside Line from a burst water main on an overpass at Brookline Hills on March 17.
Needless to say, nobody on the Riverside Line is going anywhere fast. Or at all.
Shortly before noon at Arlington, now riders between Kenmore and Haymarket get to enjoy above-ground scenery in shuttle buses.
Paul Levy discusses Green Line trolleys that get delayed at stations because they have a little rubber thing at the bottom of doors that catches on the nubbly yellow warning strips on platforms, forcing the drivers to get out and whack the doors - and how complaining about the problem doesn't seem to get anything done.
The MBTA reports that with the addition of some Green Line cars this morning, all four subway lines are now back at their normal car numbers for the first time since Jan. 22. The T reports that Green Line maintenance crews "have been working around the clock to restore service to pre-blizzard levels."
Commuter rail? Well, that's another matter.
- Green Line: 146 cars.
- Orange Line: 96 cars.
- Blue Line: 84 cars.
- Red Line: 178 cars.
MassDOT reports it's started accepting delivery of the first of 86 Type 7 trolleys being rebuilt in a factory in upstate New York.
The cars, which went into service in 1986 and 1987, were nearing the end of their intended lifespans. Unlike with Orange and Red Line cars that are now well past theirs, the state was able to find a company willing to rehab them.
After seeing Alex Wheeler's photo of Green Line parking skill, the judges have closed this week's round.
Update, Wednesday, 6:20 a.m. The MBTA reports the D Line is back in service.
Grace Holley reports tonight from Brookline Hills, where a loud explosion shortly after 8:30 p.m. was followed by a torrential waterfall from a newly burst water main right above the tracks.
Normally I love water rides but this is a nightmare.
A second Green Line train approached waterfall but went into reverse and backed up, after a long wait.
Now police etc are on scene, lot of flooding on tracks. No more sparks. Right by Brookline Hills Station/Cypress St.
Mike Kix watched workers installing the roof of the revamped Government Center T stop today.
Transit Police report arresting Marc Meadowcroft, 19, of Revere, today on charges he defaced two old trolleys sitting on an unused track at Boylston station last year by spraying them with his tag of "CIGA."
Meadowcroft now faces 14 counts of felony tagging in Boston Municipal Court, police say.
State officials tonight released a schedule for re-opening currently shut subway segments. The Red Line will be extended to North Quincy on Friday, followed by Braintree on Monday, along with B trolleys on the Green Line. The Mattapan Line will remain shut until Friday, Feb. 27.
However, officials cautioned:
Reduced train counts due to the unprecedented winter storms will result in longer wait times and some crowding in the short term.