Orange Line

By - 3/19/15 - 8:48 am
Orange Line without the fake wood paneling

Although the T hasn't told us one way or another, fans of the 1960's rec-room look probably have to resign themselves to losing the faux wood on the Orange Line trains once the new cars get here in, well, whenever.

Patrick Baxter gives us a taste of an Orange Line car without the rich, dark wood, thanks to an ad campaign that involves wrapping...Read more

By - 3/16/15 - 10:49 am
Rodriguez

Transit Police report arresting a Roxbury man on a charge of armed robbery for an incident around 2:15 p.m. on Saturday at the Roxbury Crossing Orange Line station.

According to police, Edgardo Rodriguez, 32, went up to two people buying CharlieTickets at a fare machine and asked them for some money.

The victims declined Rodruguez' request and he responded by lifting up his shirt

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By - 3/6/15 - 4:16 pm
Repairing an Orange Line train at Wellington

Repairing another train at Wellington. Photo by MBTA.

The MBTA reports that for the first time since Jan. 26 - the night before the first blizzard - the Orange Line has its regular fleet of 96 Orange Line cars, in 16 trains, running for the evening commute.

Interim T General Manager Frank DePaola credited "the skilled machinists and repair persons who have been working around the clock at the Wellington maintenance facility."...Read more

By - 3/2/15 - 8:15 am
Strange MBTA train on new TV series

Alert viewer Codeman38 noticed something unusual at :51 in the trailer for the newest CSI show - the T train shown above (that an FBI agent is trying to jump on it as it leaves the station is, of course, not at all odd).

But it doesn't stop there: In the alternaverse in which CSI leader Patricia Arquette explores intersectionality, they've also replaced...Read more

By - 2/21/15 - 11:17 pm

Updated.

A woman was hit and killed by an outbound Orange Line train shortly after 11 p.m.

The T cut power so that firefighters and EMTs could try to remove the woman, who initially was still breathing when they got to her, but the medical examiner was requested around 11:40 p.m.

Transit Police report the victim was 29. Foul play is not suspected.

Other...Read more

By - 2/20/15 - 11:01 am
Snow tunnel at Wellington station on the Orange Line.

Boston Bike Party show us the tunnel a determined group of bicyclists with shovels dug out of a snow mound at the Wellington T stop - where the T dumped snow right on a bike path.Read more

By - 2/19/15 - 8:33 am

All the way from Forest Hills to Oak Grove, every nine minutes.Read more

By - 2/18/15 - 10:39 pm

UPDATE :Firefighters extinguished the fire and left the tracks about 10:45 p.m

Around 10:35 p.m. Firefighters asked the T to cut power on the outbound side so they could douse a small trash fire about 100 feet past the platform; the T cut power in both directions.Read more

By - 2/18/15 - 8:51 am
Aggravation on the Blue Line

Aggro Maverick: No train for 20 minutes. Photo by Tim Lawrence.

But the B Line? Amanda McNeil reports:

Direct quote from 57 driver "All the buses leaving Watertown are full. Y'all better just start walking"

An Orange Line tried withered on the vine at Tufts.

Three inbound Red Line trains passed through Central after 8:30 a.m. and nobody could get on any of them.

The Blue Line? Not so fast there.

Commuter...Read more

By - 2/17/15 - 8:43 pm
Man with backpack on his head on the Orange Line

Brian D'Amico captured Scott Nichols of Winthrop doing the unthinkable this afternoon: Holding his backpack above his head to create more space in an Orange Line car.

The photo was part of his chronicle of riding the T today.

Copyright Brian D'Amico. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr....Read more

By - 2/17/15 - 4:43 pm
Smoking Green Line trolley at Brookline Village

It's not usually a good sign when smoke starts pouring out of a trolley, as Emily shows us around 4:40 p.m.

She reports the train was evacuated. Brookline FD showed up and took care of whatever was causing the smoke and the T made preparations to have the train towed away (and shot?) so that service could resume.

Not long after, passengers had...Read more

By - 2/17/15 - 3:51 pm

But it was a small fire, around 2:40 p.m., and the Boston Fire Department made quick work of it, and the Orange Line is back to running in the current fashion, so hardly worth mentioning.Read more

By - 2/17/15 - 8:36 am
Massive line for shuttle buses at Malden Center

See all those people? They're waiting for an Orange Line shuttle bus at Malden Center. "Shuttle bus line is MASSIVE!" Rich reports.

On the more frostbitten segments of the T today, riders slowly shuffled through long lines for shuttle buses. The luckier ones boarded one of the growing number of big charter buses the T has hired, such as these buses that Marta ...Read more

By - 2/17/15 - 7:25 am

The Orange Line is running between Sullivan and Forest Hills this morning. It's still limited bus service between Sullivan and Oak Grove, though.

Same basic idea on the southern end of the Red Line: It's buses all the way down past JFK/UMass.Read more

By - 2/16/15 - 5:03 pm

UPDATE: MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said this afternoon the authority will seek federal disaster aid and that it could be 30 days - yes, 30 - before the T is fully operational again, but only if we don't have another blizzard.

The MBTA says service on the T will be about the same as today, MassDOT says: The Red Line will run...Read more

By - 2/13/15 - 5:26 pm
Keytar Bear at Downtown Crossing

Chris in Boston spotted Keytar Bear on the Orange Line platform at Downtown Crossing this afternoon.Read more

By - 2/12/15 - 8:06 am
Fresh snow at Oak Grove on the Orange Line

Rich got to Oak Grove around 6:30 a.m., just in time to see tracks remain unshoveled, which is one of the reasons the T is still just running that single shuttle train up and down that one track between Oak Grove and Wellington, causing grief for commuters like Beth Chaplin at Malden:

At Malden Sta at 7:15am; SB "shuttle" train too full to

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By - 2/11/15 - 7:28 pm
Back Bay nightmare on the Orange Line

Around 5:30 p.m. at Back Bay, Patrick Shea urged anybody considering the Orange Line to forget about it, as the T ran fewer trains on the line than usual due to snow-related whatevers.

Claire Blechman reports things weren't much better at North Station:

By - 2/10/15 - 3:55 pm

The MBTA says it will run the Green and Blue Lines, but at reduced frequencies tomorrow. There will be trains on the Red and Orange Lines, "but the level of that service will not be determined until later today."

Commuter rail will only make about 70% of normal trips, but there will be no service to Plymouth, TF Green Airport or Wickford Junction.

And buses...Read more

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