Orange Line

By - 5/19/16 - 8:55 pm
Hubway bike on the Orange Line

Sarah Kaney noticed a sad Hubway bike abandoned on the Orange Line this evening.

By - 5/16/16 - 12:50 pm
Fallen tree on the Orange Line

Photo by MBTA.

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.

By - 5/14/16 - 11:11 am

Laura Keith reported around 10:50 a.m.:

Ummm. There's a big slab of raw meat on the stairs at the Washington St entrance to Tufts Medical Center station.

The T replies:

We are sending a cleaner to take care of this asap.

By - 5/9/16 - 4:50 pm
Meadowcroft

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.

By - 5/5/16 - 5:33 pm
JetBlue pigeons in Back Bay station on the Orange Line

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.

By - 5/4/16 - 7:20 am
Dead Orange Line train at Stony Brook

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."

By - 4/30/16 - 10:44 am

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.

By - 4/28/16 - 7:15 am

Still, trains into town from the north are being slowed by switch issues at Wellington.

By - 4/27/16 - 5:57 pm

The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Orange Line due to a train that started pining for the fjords at Wellington.

By - 4/26/16 - 10:58 pm

Shortly before 8 p.m., a train crawled into a hole at Sullivan and refused to come out, causing the dreaded "severe" delays.

Meanwhile, a Green Line trolley died at Boylston and a Red Line train flatlined at Porter. But at least the Blue Line kept things snappy.

By - 4/24/16 - 10:32 pm

The T managed to get the carcass of the Orange Line train removed somehow, but even the residual delays are still "moderate." As Adam Cyr, who got stuck in the maelstrom, reports:

45 minutes stuck at DTX because they can't figure out how to push a train out of the way from Chinatown.

By - 4/21/16 - 11:48 pm
Blackout at Back Bay station on the Orange Line

The lights went out at Tufts and Back Bay on the Orange Line this rush hour, slowing trains as riders stumbled in the dark. At least, as Joe Growhowski shows us, Back Bay had some natural light coming in from one end.

By - 4/12/16 - 5:37 pm
Crowded Back Bay station on the Orange Line

Back Bay smushing. Photo by Neal Gaffey.

It's "severe" delays on the Florida Sunshine line thanks to a dead train at Jackson Square.

By - 4/4/16 - 5:41 pm

No clue about the Red Line, but there's police action at Mass. Ave. on the Orange Line.

By - 3/30/16 - 10:26 am
New insided of Back Bay station

In addition to showing the new towers it wants to build above Back Bay station, Boston Properties' BRA filing also shows several renderings of what a revamped station would look like.

They show a station that retains the unique wooden arches that hold up the roof. Gone, at least from the rendering, though, is the haze that now often fills the station, in particular, the Amtrak/commuter-rail ticket and waiting area - Boston Properties is promising a fix to the station's diesel-smog problem. Read more.

By - 3/28/16 - 7:46 am

The T's started posting daily reliability stats, broken down by buses, commuter rail and subway. If you click on the large plus sign for each, you'll get more detailed breakdowns by line (and looks like the T's finally acknowledged the Silver Line is a bus, because that's where you'll find its data).

By - 3/23/16 - 3:55 pm

North Station covered walkway in pieces

Looks like the covered walkway at North Station is already being dismantled.

By - 3/22/16 - 6:39 pm

An Orange Line train at Downtown Crossing got on the ferry across the River Styx, which the T says is now causing "moderate" delays.

Also, Lowell Line trains were experiencing even worse, thanks to a truck that took out a gate in West Medford.

By - 3/18/16 - 11:32 pm
Wanted for Sullivan Square attack

Transit Police report a guy clad in sweats used a knife to rob a man of his backpack around 3:20 p.m. on Thursday inside the Sullivan Square Orange Line station. Read more.