State House News Service reports 55 congressmen want the Treasury department to investigate the way a Chinese company won the bid to build new Red Line and Orange Line trains, in part because of allegations it was able to submit a low-ball bid due to Chinese government subsidies, in part because they worry about the Chinese gaining access to critical national infrastructure, such as rail lines. Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Somerville) did not sign on, saying he wants to learn more first.
The T is warning of the dreaded "severe" delays on the Orange Line inbound from Oak Grove due to a train that needs to be taken out back and shot at Assembly Square. It's so bad, the T is telling people to take the Green Line between North Station and Back Bay, assuming they can get to North Station to begin with, that is.
However, the cars in question were built by CSR in China, while our new Red Line and Orange Line trains, to be delivered by 2022, will be built in Springfield.
Todd Consentino attended a MassDOT update session on the Casey Overpass/Forest Hills rehab project tonight and reports that the work has fallen a year behind schedule: Three months due to the inability to work under the mega snowpiles of 2015 and now nine months because the state is having problems buying six ceiling-mounted "jet fans" to ventilate and cool the Orange Line tunnel under the new ground-level Arborway. Read more.
The T posted a couple photos today of the Springfield site where a Chinese company is building a factory that will build new Orange Line and Red Line cars, which are expected to roll out between late 2018 and 2022.
Power shut, riders put on shuttle buses, expect delays.
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m. The T reported service has resumed, with "moderate" delays.
An Orange Line train with X's where its eyes used to be is causing "moderate" delays, the MBTA reports.
UPDATE, 10:10 a.m. The problem was briefly so severe the T was busing passengers between Forest Hills and Stony Brook, but they say it's all good now.
A T alert of "moderate" delays on the inbound Orange Line due to signal problems at Forest Hills was, of course, followed shortly after by a T alert of "moderate" delays on the outbound Orange Line.
The MBTA last year quietly increased the spacing between trains during rush hour, decreasing the line's peak-time capacity by 25% and increasing the odds that frustrated passengers at certain stops won't even be able to get on a train at all because they're already full to bursting. Read more.
Firefighters are at Haymarket. Expect delays.
The MBTA says service on the Orange Line is back to normal after the "severe" delays caused by a train that acted like a cat that had already gone through nine lives at Assembly Square.
It's no joke when a train begins to smoke.
The Orange Line wilted around 6 a.m. when a train headed towards Forest Hills began to smoke at State Street.
Sarah Kaney noticed a sad Hubway bike abandoned on the Orange Line this evening.
A tree that plunged to the Orange Line tracks around 11:50 a.m. caused "moderate" delays inbound from points north. To the re-leaf of riders, crews cleared the woody wreckage in about an hour, although the T was advising residual delays could persist for awhile.
A train that suddenly went to its eternal rest at Mass. Ave. didn't help matters.
After he was charged with spray painting his tag on the old trolleys at Boylston station, police say, Marc Meadowcroft of Revere promised to never do it again. In exchange, authorities agreed to a plea deal that kept him out of jail.
He lied, police say. Read more.
As CB shows us, one of the JetBlue pigeon ads that have taken over Back Bay on the Orange Line could only have been designed by somebody who knows about the problem the T has with pigeons down there.
Suddenly finding himself with no way to go further north than Stony Brook around 6:20 a.m., Todd Cosentino had plenty of time to photograph the flatlined Orange Line train at Stony Brook. The T says service has since resumed.
UPDATE, 8:30 a.m. Jen Vesp reports: "FYI, the Orange Line is an absolute nightmare this morning. I've only been waiting 50 minutes to fit on a train."
The T reports escalators and elevators at Haymarket, North Station, Government Center, Lechmere and Science Park aren't working because they've lost power. That also means the fare gates at some stations are open and the lights are off. The T is running a shuttle bus between Park Street and Lechmere for Green Line riders who can't take the stairs.
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