Orange Line

By - 10/23/14 - 4:58 pm
Waiting for a shuttle bus at Wellington due to Orange Line being dead

Riders probably too tired to beef at Wellington about bustitution. Photo by Tim Healey.

Just at the start of rush hour, a train just outside Malden Center proved worse off than a doorknob. The Malden Fire Department had to be called into to evacuate the packed train, which means the T had to shut off power in both directions between Malden and Wellington. Shuttle buses were bruited about.

Now that the state has approved that contract with that... Read more

By - 10/21/14 - 6:57 pm

It was just another one of those evenings where trains became too weary to go any further, leading to the usual extended-version commutes on both the Red and Orange lines.

Then, around 6:30 p.m., an alleged mini punk of 14 or so kicked out a window on a Red Line train approaching Savin Hill station. The driver stopped the train, junior and several friends decided... Read more

By - 10/21/14 - 5:23 pm
Chart showing CNR the cheapest bidder for new MBTA subway trains

Chart by state transportation staff.

CNR

State officials are leaning towards a company owned by the Chinese government to replace aging subway cars with new cars to be assembled in Springfield that will feature wider doors, the ability to carry 15 additional passengers, computerized and LED station announcements and a dramatic jump in reliability, although with the possible loss of fake wood-grain paneling.

Gov. Patrick and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey willl... Read more

By - 10/20/14 - 6:07 pm

If only Boston could win the Olympics, we'd have world-class trains for sure!

By - 10/20/14 - 11:39 am

Transit Police provide a couple examples of alleged dumbassery at two of our major transit hubs:

Shortly after 2 a.m. today, police - and firefighters - responded to South Station because somebody had activated a fire alarm there. Transit Police report officers found Marwin Maurin, 22, of Revere, standing by a closed Red Line entrance:

Maurin informed the officers he set off the fire

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By - 10/16/14 - 11:42 am

Around 11:20 a.m., police shut the Mass. Ave. Orange Line stop, stopped train service and blocked traffic on Mass. Ave. after somebody started vomiting on the platform.

The station and street were re-opened about 15 minutes later - and the person transported to a local hospital - after first responders determined she did not have Ebola.

Boston EMS Incidents reports EMTs rushed to... Read more

By - 10/16/14 - 10:03 am

Transit Police report that when a guy who'd just been nabbed for fare piggybacking at Chinatown yesterday pulled out his wallet to show officers some ID, they noticed something else in his billfold:

As [Derrick] Burrus was retrieving his identification from his wallet officers noticed a glassine baggy containing a white rock like substance consistent with that of crack cocaine. Burrus attempted to quickly

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By - 9/30/14 - 8:23 am

How else to explain the apparent time dilation on the Orange Line this morning, in which the T is reporting only "minor delays" due to signal issues at Oak Grove. Or as Joe explains:

Aaaaaand to summarize, sat in my seat at 6:59 at Oak Grove, arrived Ruggles 7:58.

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By - 9/29/14 - 3:38 pm

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy for indecent assault and battery for an incident shortly before 8 p.m. on Thursday.

If you recognize him, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous text tip to 873873.

By - 9/25/14 - 3:51 pm
Kid on an Orange Line train

Transit Police say they are not amused by a kid's antics atop a hurtling Orange Line train yesterday morning. A spokesman says police are now on the lookout for him.

The kid, who goes by Jonathan Stay Wavey, posted the video showing him climbing atop the roof of an inbound Orange Line train somewhere in Jamaica Plain or Roxbury. It shows him avoiding a Darwin... Read more

By - 9/19/14 - 9:06 am
Scooter on the Orange Line

Kate Sosin reports the dude and his ride were already on the inbound Orange Line train last night when she boarded at North Station. He got off at Downtown Crossing. See it larger.

By - 9/13/14 - 3:11 pm

Erica Mattison saw this singer at Downtown Crossing today, thought he was wonderful, wonders if anybody knows who he is.

By - 9/7/14 - 9:19 pm

Around 9:15 p.m. a man jumped in front of an outbound Orange Line train as it entered Back Bay station.

The T shut power in both directions so that firefighters could extricate the man, who remained alert and conscious (photo from the platform). About 22 minutes later, firefighters got him onto the platform for treatment by EMTs and transportation to a local hospital.

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By - 9/7/14 - 8:22 pm
Flooded Assembly stop on the Orange Line in Somerville

It poured, man it poured, in Somerville yesterday and once again, the new Assembly Orange Line station flooded. Or as Michael Femia, who captured the station apres deluge put it:

This is what a brand new multi million dollar MBTA stop looks like.

By - 9/2/14 - 5:22 pm
Flooded roadway at Assembly MBTA station in Somerville

Sky reflected in flood outside Assembly station. Photo by Adam Castiglioni.

Seems the new Assembly stop on the Orange Line doesn't do well in the rain. Clydizzle reports on conditions after the afternoon downpour:

The new T stop at Assembly on the Orange Line, FLOODED.

Fourth Leaf adds:

Good job MBTA on the platform design at Assembly. #floodzone

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By - 9/2/14 - 9:15 am
First paying customer at the Assembly stop on the Orange Line in Somerville

At 5 a.m. today, the MBTA opened the new Assembly station on the Orange Line (the first new T stop since the T opened the new version of the Orange Line south of Chinatown in 1987). Stuart Spina was on hand and captured Ruthy Rickenbacker becoming the first paying passenger at the station.

By - 8/29/14 - 5:32 pm

The official T alert - in their usual quirky fashion

Starting Tuesday - Orange Line Change

Assembly Station will be open for regularly scheduled Orange Line train service beginning at the start of service on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Affected stops:
Assembly

Last updated: Aug 29 2014 07:14 AM

Passing by there earlier this afternoon, I noted that one of the platform signs... Read more

By - 8/28/14 - 11:48 pm
Guy wanted for fake phone calls to 911 in Malden

Transit Police report they want to talk to this guy about a series of bogus phone calls to 911 about alleged crimes in the Malden Center T station.

Over the past month Transit and Malden Police have received several 911 emergency calls alleging various crimes in progress at the MBTA's Malden Center station. The calls originate from within the station. Subsequent to a joint

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By - 8/28/14 - 5:12 pm

At 5:05 p.m., Beaz reported signal problems meant a 45-minute trip from Ruggles to State Street.

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