Orange Line

By - 8/26/16 - 5:31 pm

The T's just issued an alert that starting Sept. 3, Forest Hills will be down to just one track due to the Arborway project - which includes building a new station entrance and pedestrian tunnels to it under the new road. The T says two-track operation should resume in December.

By - 8/20/16 - 10:09 am
Taha Hamid

Transit Police report Taha Hamid, 28, of Dorchester, walked into the women's room at Back Bay station around 10:30 a.m. yesterday, pulled his pants down and then relived himself in a sink.

When she objected, police say, he retorted, "This is a man's bathroom now!" Read more.

By - 8/18/16 - 5:13 pm

A train bought its last produce at Haymarket this rush hour and now riders heading towards Oak Grove are wondering if they'll ever return.

By - 8/7/16 - 9:31 am
No Red Line on Google Maps

Red Line? What's that? You'll take buses and you'll like it. Screen capture by Nat V.

Seems that this morning, if you try to use Google Maps to plot out a trip via public transit in Boston, you'll get back an itinerary that involves buses and the Green Line - the Orange, Red and Blue lines are now dead to the mapping service. Read more.

By - 8/5/16 - 12:47 pm
Newsstand in the old Sullivan Square station

Sullivan Square didn't always feel like a depressing afterthought to the construction of an interstate in the middle of a horrible rotary. The original station, built at the turn of the last century, featured a soaring vaulted ceiling, elegant architectural touches - and tracks for trolleys. Remember trolleys? The only thing it didn't have was Donut and Donuts. Read more.

By - 8/4/16 - 12:28 pm

The T is vowing quick relief for Orange Line riders driven mad by high-volume wheel squealing in the downtown tunnel over the past couple of days.

"Track Teams are working to address this asap," the T tweeted this morning. "Our apologies for the loud noise."

How loud is it? Read more.

By - 8/2/16 - 12:25 pm

The Boston Fire Department has asked for power to be shut in both directions at Massachusetts Avenue due to a track fire.

UPDATE: Trash fire on the tracks extinguished at 12:35 p.m.

By - 8/1/16 - 9:11 am

Transit Police report they are looking for Jose Guthrie, 40, for an incident on an Orange Line train last Tuesday night at the Tufts Medical Center station.

Police say that around 9:35 p.m., Guthrie pointed a weapon, possibly a gun, at somebody on a train at the station. Read more.

By - 7/25/16 - 6:09 pm

Transit Police evacuated an outbound train at Haymarket shortly before 6 p.m.: Read more.

By - 7/25/16 - 5:41 pm

UPDATE: WCVB reports the train driver was taken out of service for "a long talk" about not panicking riders.

There was a chaotic scene at Mass. Ave. around 5:30 p.m. caused by balky brakes on an Orange Line train. Read more.

By - 7/20/16 - 8:16 am

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.

By - 7/18/16 - 10:37 am

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.

By - 7/6/16 - 9:02 am

It's not just that the new subway cars CSR Sifang delivered to Singapore have cracks in them, but that it could take up to seven years to fix the damage.

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.

H/t Bob.

By - 6/29/16 - 10:23 pm

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.

By - 6/24/16 - 3:59 pm
Subway factory under way in Springfield

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.

By - 6/17/16 - 2:38 pm

Power shut, riders put on shuttle buses, expect delays.

UPDATE, 2:40 p.m. The T reported service has resumed, with "moderate" delays.

By - 6/16/16 - 6:37 pm

The Orange Line was shut at Wellington this morning as T police with long rifles investigated a report of "suspicious activity" that turned out to be a Muslim couple praying, the Herald reports.

And then, this afternoon on the Red Line: Read more.

By - 6/15/16 - 5:40 pm

An Orange Line train with X's where its eyes used to be is causing "moderate" delays, the MBTA reports.

By - 6/9/16 - 9:40 am

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.

By - 6/8/16 - 7:47 am
Rusted out old Orange Line train

More Bondo, stat! From the report.

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.