Orange Line

By - 4/22/15 - 8:45 pm

Kate Lockwood reports:

It's not every day you see someone get on the T carrying a live 6-foot snake. So that happened.

She says the woman had the snake around her neck and that the pair got off at Green Street. She adds the snake:

Was a kind of light brown with black spots I think. I was trying not to stare!

Has Penelope moved to JP?

By - 4/22/15 - 9:05 am

Finn reports:

The MBTA is playing a message at N Station this morning about how Shawn Thornton takes the T to work.

By - 4/17/15 - 12:59 pm

Transit Police report arresting a 14-year-old from Everett early this morning on charges he swiped a phone right out of the hands of a woman sitting on an inbound Orange Line train next to a door open after the train pulled into Stony Brook.

The kid, too young to have his name released, didn't get far, police say: Other passengers chased him and a T worker "was able to prevent the male from escaping."

By - 4/10/15 - 2:58 pm

Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester man on charges he began punching a woman he didn't know sitting next to him on an inbound Orange Line train yesterday afternoon - not long after he exposed himself to another woman.

Anthony Samuel, 25, was charged with assault and battery on an elderly person - the woman he punched in the head and chest was 63 - and open and gross lewdness.

By - 4/9/15 - 7:59 am

The State House News Service reports interim T GM Frank DePaola told legislators he had to choose between making riders wait for a shuttle bus on a July night or a February night.

By - 4/7/15 - 5:32 pm
MBTA Orange Line train not going anywhere

No room on the train. Photo by Shamus Moynihan.

Tonight's line of mourners for the Orange Line includes a very special guest, Channel 7's own Dan Hausle, who had a Vine time recording the wait at Downtown Crossing, where riders piled up because of a train that ascended to Valhalla at Chinatown.

Update, 5:58 p.m. Shamus Moynihan reports:

DTX for 25 mins. Train came through too full. Sign saying 4 mins the whole time.

By - 4/2/15 - 9:43 am
Dion Stickter

Transit Police report that an MBTA worker who tried to wake a sleeping Orange Line passenger after the train arrived at Forest Hills last night found herself under attack.

Police say Dion Stickter, 45, "struck the female employee with a closed fist multiple times about her torso area" during the attack around 9:40 p.m.

Responding officers found him no easier to deal with, police say:

He became hostile and began to use racial epithets and refused to comply with the officers requests.

By - 3/30/15 - 10:42 pm

Around 10:30 p.m. The robber put a knife to her back as she was on her phone, took the phone and fled. He's described as Hispanic, about 5'6" and 170 lbs with a chinstrap beard. He wore a black and yellow Bruins winter cap with a pom-pom on top, a white track suit and sneakers with pink laces. He may have fled on an inbound Orange Line train.

By - 3/19/15 - 9:45 am
Orange Line window smasher at Ruggles

Transit Police report arresting Abdulkadir Abbas, 33, for allegedly punching out a window on an Orange Line train at Ruggles last night.

Police say Abbas punched the window around 10:15 p.m., then got on the train - where passengers promptly pointed him out to arriving officers.

Abbas is scheduled for arraignment today in Roxbury District Court on a charge of malicious destruction of property over $250 - police say it will cost $430 to replace the window.

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 interior walls, ceilings and doors in white.

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

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 to display the handle of a firearm protruding from his waistband.

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."

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 the new MBTA system map with an even newer map in which the Green Line becomes the Blue Line, the Blue Line becomes the Purple Line and the Red Line, well, stays the Red Line, but all with the same stops you've come to know and love. The Orange Line? It turns into the Yellow Line, running between Rockwater and Cabrerra, with stops such as Mandora and San Jacomo.

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


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 recent incidents:

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.