Orange Line

By - 12/22/13 - 4:46 pm

Around 4:30 p.m. Power on the Orange Line was briefly shut off to let firefighters get the person out without worrying about the third rail.

By - 12/21/13 - 9:02 pm
Ferret on the MBTA

Kayla Greenberg spotted a woman and her ferret at the Chinatown Orange Line stop tonight.

Same ferret two years ago at Back Bay?

By - 12/20/13 - 9:55 am
Wanted for Ruggles attack

The news of late has been full of nice stories about good Samaritans coming to the aid of people being mugged or attacked, but active intervention is not without risk: Transit Police report the man stabbed at the Ruggles T stop Wednesday afternoon was shanked while trying to help a woman being assaulted by two men.

Transit Police have released surveillance... Read more

By - 12/19/13 - 7:56 am
Waiting for the Orange Line

The morning started off with delays due to unspecified debris on the tracks (we like to think of it as being the remains of a snack by the blind white wolves that roam the Orange Line at night). A train departed this mortal coil at Oak Grove. And now there are signal problems at Wellington, and you know what that means.

Nick Palmarozzo took the... Read more

By - 12/18/13 - 5:47 pm

Updated and corrected with info from Transit Police.

Transit Police report a man, about 40, was stabbed "in the torso area" around 5:50 p.m. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

By - 12/17/13 - 5:28 pm
Beverly Scott watches blinking lights

At the height of the storm, the T posted a photo of General Manager Beverly Scott watching the displays at the T's High Street command center.

That was just about when a train at Tufts Medical Center on the Orange Line decided it wanted a change of careers, stranding the same sort of commuters who got stuck when another Orange Line train died... Read more

By - 12/17/13 - 8:15 am

A dead train at Sullivan Square around 8:20 a.m. quickly cascaded into commuting hell for Orange Line riders heading into the city from the north. At Malden, riders were told to abandon all hope get on commuter rail. At Community College, riders were told to just go home walk to North Station.

A train died earlier in the morning on the Red Line.... Read more

By - 12/15/13 - 3:55 pm

After performing quite well during the storm last night (except for that little fire at Aquarium on the Blue Line), the T is struggling this afternoon:

On the Green Line, something went horribly awry with a switch and now there are supposedly shuttle buses from Kenmore to points inbound. At 3:20 p.m., Sam H. tweeted:

Shuttles replacing B, C, and D inbound at Kenmore

... Read more
By - 12/12/13 - 6:31 am

The Globe reports MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott has ordered an audit of all the third rails on the Red, Orange and Blue lines to try to stave off the sort of problems that bollixed commutes on the Red Line Wednesday morning and Tuesday evening.

Carl Stevens reports the inspections will focus on the welds that connect sections of the third... Read more

By - 12/11/13 - 5:22 pm
Tufts Medical Center in the dark

Attack of the shadow people this afternoon. Photo by Justin.

Around 2 p.m., Adam Castiglioni reported the lights were out at the Tufts Medical Center stop.

Transit Police responded fairly quickly:

Electricians are working on the problem and additional staff were sent to the station to assist passengers.

As of 5 p.m., however, Boston to a T reports:

Still pretty much pitch black at Tufts Medical station.

... Read more
By - 12/7/13 - 12:06 pm
Cans of Tab at Green Street

Ezra Freedman wonders:

For years there have been cans of Tab at the end of the Green Street platform, what's the deal?

Ed. note: So that's what happened to Steve Slyne's stash after his place in West Roxbury got turned into the Real Deal!

By - 12/6/13 - 10:40 am

Two Transit Police officers couldn't keep a large man from flinging himself off the Orange Line bridge over the Mystic River early on Nov. 17, but they didn't give up on him - ultimately helping him out of the cold water and into the back of a waiting ambulance.

Officers Eli Bojorquez and Kenneth Phillips will be given formal commendations at a ceremony next Wednesday... Read more

By - 12/4/13 - 7:28 am

You get a delay! And you get a delay! And you get a delay!

Trains lapsed into unconsciousness on the Red Line and the C, D and E trolley lines. But the Orange Line saved the worst for last: A dead train at Ruggles that sat there for nearly 20 minutes before operators got the idea to get the train behind it to push it... Read more

By - 11/30/13 - 10:57 pm
Celebrating 105 years of the Washington Street tunnel

A.P. Blake captures authors Jeremy Fox (l) and Andrew Elder at Downtown Crossing today, celebrating the 105th anniversary of the Washington Street tunnel, which today forms the downtown core of the Orange Line (they're holding a copy of their new book about the Orange Line).

Compare the columns and supports behind them with this 1909 photo from the same station (then called Winter Street)... Read more

By - 11/29/13 - 11:57 am

Smoky Tufts platform. Photo by BFD.

A fire in an electrical room just beyond the inbound platform at Tufts Medical Center brought the Orange Line to an abrupt end this morning.

The Boston Fire Department reports a 15,000-volt line began to smolder around 10:10 a.m. Firefighters had to bring in dry-powder extinguishers to put out the fire - and several "smoke ejectors" to clear the smoke out of the station.... Read more

By - 11/21/13 - 6:22 am

One of the first trains from Oak Grove this morning got to Malden said that's it, it's not going any further and refused to move.

By - 11/15/13 - 9:12 am

A train died at Oak Grove around 8:30 a.m.

By - 11/13/13 - 7:34 am

A dead train gave Orange Line commuters extra time to check e-mail or read the Metro cover to cover and back again. Around 7, Ford Inbody tweeted:

Overall from Sullivan Square to Back Bay took me 52 minutes. Normally around 20 in the morning.

That included waiting 20 miunutes at Sullivan just for a train to show up and 10 minutes just sitting at... Read more

By - 11/8/13 - 6:50 am

Updated

At least two trains died on the Red Line this morning, one around 6:30 a.m. at Porter and another a little more than an hour later just outside Alewife.

It was the latter death that bollixed up the morning commute. At 8:19 a.m., Jessica tweeted:

Commuters have been waiting at N Quincy since 7:35am. When will there be room on the

... Read more

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