Orange Line

By - 11/18/16 - 8:58 am
Long waits on the Orange Line

Sign of the times at North Station. Photo by Sara Brooks.

The dreaded "severe" delays are forcing Orange Line riders to hold tight due to a train that took a ride with Elijah between Wellington and Assembly.

By - 11/14/16 - 1:03 pm
Scale mode of an Orange Line car

Two-thirds actual size.

MBTA officials recently told the T's Financial Control Board that work to get long suffering Red and Orange Line riders into new cars is currently on schedule - with the first new Orange Line to go into service in, well, early 2019. Read more.

By - 11/14/16 - 10:27 am
No room for hate pins

Angela Chen shows us the card and safety pin somebody handed her in Cleveland Circle today. They were also distributed at the Forest Hills and Central Square T stops.

By - 11/8/16 - 9:02 am

Trains keeled over on the Green and Red Lines while the Orange Line was reduced to a crawl due to signal problems this fine morning.

By - 11/7/16 - 3:55 pm

Around 2:40 p.m. by a train headed towards Forest Hills, the Huntington News reports.

Service in both directions was halted so Boston firefighters could recover his body and Transit Police could investigate the incident. The T swapped in shuttle buses between Jackson and Haymarket.

By - 11/4/16 - 9:00 pm

The T is advising of "minor" delays on the Orange Line due to signal issues.

By - 11/2/16 - 11:57 pm
New doors at Downtown Crossing

Mr. Kappus wondered about all the new doors being installed throughout the Downtown Crossing T station. The T replies:

These are fire/smoke partitions that are being installed as part of the DTX elevator project. Upon fire alarm, those doors will close to create a point of safety for people as they egress.

By - 10/31/16 - 9:54 pm
Halloween rider on the MBTA's Orange Line

If this were the Red Line, we'd assume this guy was just wearing a costume, but Orange Line riders are a different breed, as Jed Hresko reminds us.

By - 10/27/16 - 8:05 pm

WGBH reports yesterday's Back Bay smoketastrophe has gotten legislators to thinking about taxes.

WFXT, meanwhile, reports the reason the driver couldn't open the doors all at once was because the train was not fully in the station - and that the T is sending him to reeducation because he should have gotten on the PA and told riders he was going to have to open each door individually.

By - 10/27/16 - 7:37 am

The T reports "moderate" delays inbound from Forest Hills due to a dead train at Tufts.

By - 10/26/16 - 5:01 pm

Passengers on an outbound Orange Line train busted out windows when the train filled with smoke and the doors wouldn't open shortly before 5 p.m.

WBZ reports three people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

The train driver reported a "pop" and some sparks as his train entered the station; possibly due to a motor sparking and setting trash on the tracks on fire. Read more.

By - 10/24/16 - 9:06 am

The MBTA is reporting delays on both the Red and Orange lines due to track problems on both lines near Downtown Crossing.

By - 10/19/16 - 3:04 pm

The Orange Line is shut due to something smoldering on the tracks between Downtown Crossing and Chinatown. The Chinatown station was evacuated due to the smoke.

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.