Orange Line

By - 11/27/15 - 2:49 pm
New entrance for Orange Line on Franklin Street in downtown Boston

Our own Cybah grabbed this shot of the new Franklin Street entrance to the Orange Line going in next to Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing.

By - 11/17/15 - 7:05 pm
Looks like a purse exploded on the Orange Line

Or maybe somebody just had to purge their purse right this second and couldn't wait until after she got off the Orange Line this afternoon. Whatever the reason, Sarah Noe says she wouldn't touch that toothbrush.

By - 11/12/15 - 10:50 pm

Kyle Geiste discovers the Orange Line car that features a display of "thousands of dead mosquitoes and flies" embedded in glass between the passenger area and the driver's compartment.

Amelia McJerk reports she's been seeing that display for years now:

I'm almost sentimental about it at this point.

By - 11/12/15 - 4:20 pm
New MBTA subway cars

The MBTA has released what it says are the actual votes by people who care about the paint schemes for new cars on the Red and Orange Lines, and this time, they say, people voted for the same basic scheme for both, just in different colors, for the cars, which could be in service in a few years. Read more.

By - 11/10/15 - 9:24 pm
By - 11/10/15 - 3:54 pm
New paint schemes for Red, Orange and Green Line trains


UPDATE: The Globe reports it's Florida all over again: The T has put the vote into abeyance until it can examine apparent voting irregularities.

Well, actually three winners. The MBTA has selected the final paint schemes for the new Green, Orange, and Red Line cars:

By - 11/4/15 - 3:58 pm
Salvation Army bell ringer in Downtown Crossing

Downtown Crossing bell ringer today. Photo by Craig Caplan.

It's barely the first week in November, and we already have a bell-ringer sighting.

MBTA North Station subway concourse about 3:40 pm.

Sure, the Army does some very good work. But do us all a favor and wait another six weeks before ringing your bells.

By - 10/21/15 - 10:01 pm

Shortly after 9 p.m. Scott Eisen reports she was alive when firefighters got her out from under the train to hand over to EMS for stabilization and transportation to a local hospital.

The T swapped in buses between North Station and Oak Grove and told riders to take the Green Line for downtown points.

By - 10/20/15 - 6:10 pm
Wanted for in-train self love on the Orange Line

Transit Police report they are looking for a 40-ish man they say serviced himself in full view of other passengers on an Orange Line train hurtling through Roxbury and Jamaica Plain around 1:25 p.m. on Oct. 14.

He got off at Forest Hills and walked towards the upper busway, police say.

If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous tip to 873873.

By - 10/20/15 - 12:41 pm
Proposed Orange Line paint scheme

Benday dots for the Orange Line?

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.

By - 10/16/15 - 8:11 am

Updated with information from BPD.

Boston Police report arresting two teens after one of them threatened some other teens with a taser and the other took out a gun and started firing outside the upper busway at Forest Hills station around 7:55 a.m.

Read more.

By - 9/30/15 - 6:02 pm

Around 5:40 p.m., a man accidentally dropped a vodka nip on the Orange Line tracks, so he jumped down into "the pit" to retrieve it. On getting back up, he was met by T employees, who held him until the arrival of police - who told him to not do that again. Service was not delayed.

By - 9/30/15 - 1:34 pm

Ethan Long shows us the scene on an Orange Line train at Wellington around 12:30 p.m.

By - 9/30/15 - 11:54 am

Transit Police have posted photos of a guy who rode up to Stony Brook station on a bicycle Monday morning, went to the bike rack and stole a tire off another bike.

By - 9/30/15 - 7:25 am

The exigencies of another day at work caused a Red Line train to take an eternal rest near Alewife and an Orange Line train to take a ride with the Grim Reaper at Downtown Crossing between 7 and 7:30 a.m.

By - 9/28/15 - 8:24 am
USSR sign at Forest Hills MBTA station

The T or MassDOT or somebody last week shifted the taxi stand at Forest Hills from in front of the station down Washington Street near Ukraine Way. The sign did not go unaltered for long.

Cab drivers are not happy about the shift, Jamaica Plain News reports.

By - 9/25/15 - 4:59 pm

The T reported "police action" at Tufts Medical Center resulted in the dreaded "severe" delays on the Orange Line after 4 p.m. Sarah Fisher reports the details:

Orange line delayed because "a blonde lady and a pregnant lady were beating the crap out of each other" at Tufts Medical. Lovely.

By - 9/16/15 - 9:40 am
Masked man getting off an Orange Line train in Boston

Surveillance photo via TPD.


UPDATED, 3:25 p.m. with Transit Police statement.

A man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask was arrested today after allegedly threatening to blow up the Forest Hills-bound Orange Line train he was on this morning - a threat he couldn't actually carry out because he had no bomb - Transit Police report. Read more.

By - 9/15/15 - 8:50 pm

Collin Fedor thought they were great, wonders if anybody knows who they are.

By - 9/3/15 - 8:58 pm

A video of the old "horizontal elevator" that used to run at Wellington until the developer of the apartment/retail complex near the station finally gave up on paying to constantly repair the thing.

Via Boston Reddit, which has more on the people mover's history.