Orange Line

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 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

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 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.

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 to get off an inbound Orange Line train at Mass. Ave. due to brake issues.

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.

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 spotted at JFK/UMass for the ride to Quincy and Braintree:

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.

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.

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.

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 get on. Now heading NB to OG so I can circle back to Wellington.

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:

Crowded 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 will continue to replace the Mattapan Line.

By - 2/9/15 - 8:36 am

Between Quincy Center and Quincy Adams, Peter Wilson reports. The Quincy Fire Department is on scene to help with evacuation. WCVB reports the train was stuck for two hours.

Scott H took photos at the scene.

Passengers getting on escape bus.

Meanwhile, Brian reported from the Orange Line around 8:35 a.m.:

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