Orange Line

By - 11/20/14 - 4:01 pm

This is a little after the fact, but I haven't seen it on UHub or anywhere else: Amtrak has closed its ticket office at Back Bay station. While the official notice doesn't say why, railfans have heard that it's because the T has been unable to improve the ventilation of those ever-present diesel fumes (a topic mentioned over and over and... Read more

By - 11/17/14 - 5:12 pm
Orange Line orange

Little Miss makes us wonder what would be a good symbol for the other lines.

By - 11/17/14 - 9:55 am

Witts and Snyder.

Two homeless people will be arraigned today on charges they brutally attacked a T worker - even ripping hair out of his scalp - when he tried to usher them out of the Downtown Crossing station early Sunday.

When Transit Police arrived around 3:30 a.m., the inspector was "bleeding profusely" from the nose and had numerous bruises on his face, according to a police report.... Read more

By - 11/15/14 - 3:51 pm

Transit Police report a woman, apparently in her 20s, fell on the inbound tracks around 3:15 p.m., just as a train was entering the station.

Boston Fire Department personnel extricated the victim and she was transported to a local area hospital with NON life threatening injuries.

Boston EMS Incidents reports she was alert and conscious as firefighters worked to get her out.

Service... Read more

By - 11/10/14 - 6:42 am

A southbound Orange Line train turned blue and could not be revived, according to an MBTA alert that went out at 6:23 a.m.

By - 11/6/14 - 6:50 pm
Dogs on the Orange Line

Jed Hresko spotted some dogged determination on the Orange Line this evening, on a Forest Hills train just past State.

By - 11/3/14 - 5:09 pm

So this train pulls into State Street and the doors just won't open, to the point where people start banging on the doors, which, of course, does nothing to make them work. The T finally managed to unload that train somehow, but now it's reporting "severe" delays on the Citrus Line.

By - 10/31/14 - 7:55 am
Green Line refugees on the Orange Line at Back Bay

Back Bay: Orange Line now reporting delays due to all the Green Line refugees. Photo by Alexander Zafris.

One of those dreaded "track issues" means no service at all between Arlington and Haymarket. Use the Orange Line, the T advises, and pray it doesn't die, too.

Jason Greeley reported at 8:20:

Broken rail at Boylston, no shuttle, stuck for half an hour in a tunnel.

UPDATE, 8:49 a.m.: And now the entire E line is dead and the T is advising that... Read more

By - 10/29/14 - 5:40 pm

Updated with information from Transit Police.

Transit Police report a man pulled out from under a southbound Orange Line train at Haymarket this evening has died.

The man was conscious and talking to firefighters as they extricated him around 6:15 p.m. about 35 minutes after he was hit by the train. The man, white and apparently in his 40s, was rushed to Mass. General,... Read more

By - 10/29/14 - 2:35 pm
Wanted man

Transit Police have released photos of a guy they say unzipped and "intentionally exposed his genitalia to several passengers" on an outbound Orange Line train between Back Bay and Mass. Ave. around 8:20 p.m. yesterday.

The guy then exited the train at Mass. Ave., police say.

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

By - 10/28/14 - 5:53 pm
Johnson

Transit Police report arresting Robert Johnson, 49, of Jamaica Plain, in connection with a failed robbery attempt last night inside Back Bay station

According to police, his victim, a 62-year-old woman, had just gotten off a 39 bus around 11:25 p.m. when Johnson asked her for some money. When she declined, police say:

Johnson followed her into the station eventually standing in front of

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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

... Read more
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.

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