Orange Line

By - 10/12/16 - 2:24 pm

The T had to halt Orange Line service in both directions at Back Bay around 2:10 p.m. when a man went for a walk on the tracks towards Tufts. Transit Police officers found the wayward soul and escorted him to a waiting cruiser for a ride down to TPD headquarters for a little booking action.

By - 10/11/16 - 10:24 am

UPDATE: The power problem is on account of the third rail catching fire.

From the T web page:

Orange Line notice: Due to a power problem at Malden Center, please board on the northbound platforms between Oak Grove and Wellington for northbound and southbound service.

A shuttle train will operate in both directions between Oak Grove and Wellington Stations. Please board on the northbound platforms.

Affected stops:
Oak Grove
Malden Center
Wellington

Last Updated: 10/11/2016 10:16:15 AM

By - 10/7/16 - 12:06 pm

Just got this alert:

Northbound Orange Line trains will use reduced speeds from Back Bay to Tufts Medical Center

By - 10/4/16 - 8:04 am

Service towards Forest Hills is not doing so hot, the T advises.

By - 10/1/16 - 2:20 pm

Some trash burst into flames shortly after 2 p.m. on the inbound tracks just past State Street station sending light smoke towards Downtown Crossing and forcing the shutdown of service not long after.

An MBTA inspector put the fire out with an extinguisher, but Boston firefighters then had to walk down the tracks to figure out what caused the fire. Once they determined it was trash, not a cable, they left the tracks and let the T resume service, around 2:35 p.m.

By - 9/28/16 - 7:16 pm
Dead train at Back Bay on the Orange Line

Sara Brooks was among the people who struggled to get home around 6 p.m. when a train up and died at Back Bay. Mathew Helman was another:

Beyond severe delays. Waiting 25 minutes, 1 jam-packed train.

By - 9/21/16 - 9:15 am

A train that met the prophet Elijah at Haymarket - and problem switches at Wellington - are causing "moderate" delays, the T says.

By - 9/15/16 - 11:26 pm

Around 10:40 p.m., Boston and Transit Police officers rushed to the area of the Jackson Square Orange Line station when a suspect driving a stolen car got out, climbed up an electrical tower, then down to the station. Read more.

By - 9/13/16 - 9:54 am

Delays into Boston still just "minor," the MBTA says.

By - 9/6/16 - 5:53 pm
Track fire at Back Bay on the Orange Line

Jill was at Back Bay just in time for a track fire around 5:15 p.m.

Shnoox got a closer look at the firefighters who arrived: Read more.

By - 9/1/16 - 4:54 pm
Time to board Orange Line train that isn't there

Kerry Bond asks after glancing at the board that claims a train is in the station. Read more.

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.