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.
State transportation officials have three proposed exterior paint schemes for the new Orange, Red and Green Line trains that could begin rolling out in a few years and want the public to help them pick among them.
The first of 24 new Green Line trolleys are scheduled for 2017 delivery, while some of the 152 new Orange Line cars should begin rolling out the next year, followed by some of the 132 new Red Line trains in late 2019.
It's Northeastern's annual underwear run, and thousands of students in their underwear are streaming down Huntington Avenue towards the Pru.
Jenny Farrell spotted this bunny on the B Line last night (note cat as well).
The countdown sign at Boylston eastbound (inbound) was activated earlier today. Read more.
UPDATE: Tree removed, service resumed.
The T is shutting the Green Line between Fenway and Reservoir at 11 a.m. so workers can remove a large tree that is now leaning dangerously close to the overhead wires near Reservoir. Expect a two-hour shutdown.
Because substitute bus service will be limited, customers are strongly encouraged to use the closest stations along the Green Line’s C branch (Beacon Street).
Bus service will be available for persons with disabilities at Reservoir and Kenmore Stations.
A concerned citizen complains:
Rotating gate at park street that facilates the exit from inside the subway to the outside. It's extremely hard to push it. Elders and many others will not be able to push it. Needs to be fixed. Citizen here in action!! ;)
A trolley that clang, clang, clanged its last this morning is causing grief on the Green Line. At 8:05 a.m., Matt Hrono reported:
Green line is royally bone. Disabled at Kenmore and I'm stuck somewhere between Hynes and Kenmore. Going on 20min now
Mike Kix watched workers replace some defective glass panels with plywood at the new Government Center T station today.
MikeKix has a good view of today's work to replace defective glass panels at the new Government Center station.
A shattered window at the Science Park Green Line station left quite an impression on John Geoffrion today:
Deferred maintenance as art.
WGBH reports some - or possibly all - of the glass panels in the new glass-centric station entrance are defective and will have to be replaced.
The Herald reports state officials now think extending the Green Line through Somerville might cost upwards of $3 billion - and the federal government has only committed to $1 billion of that, and might take that away if state officials can't figure out how to pay for the rest, which apparently they're have trouble doing.
7:18 AM and summer is officially over. On a train with 40 BU Freshmen all wearing lime green orientation tshirts
The T is reporting some ish on the C Line, where an inbound trolley eased into eternal slumber at Summit Avenue just a tad before 8 a.m.
Outbound riders on the Riverside Line had to board buses for the ride between Reservoir and Riverside this morning due to your basic generic "power" problems. The T says it's fixed now.
UPDATE: Service restored at 3:30 p.m.
The T is telling B Line riders to take the 57 bus instead between Kenmore Square and Packards Corner, due to a trolley with wheels that no longer fully rest on the tracks.
Tim Lawrence photographed an entrance to the inbound side of Symphony station that had been buried in the 1970s, but which re-emerged in 2012 and again this week as part of an ongoing construction project.
Another view: Read more.