Orange Line

By - 10/13/09 - 3:47 pm

on the end of the Garden-side entrance to North Station Orange/Green Line subway? It's been removed and the hole covered over with plywood.

If and when it is eventually replaced, I hope the T puts in a pair of normal swinging doors instead.

By - 10/6/09 - 5:53 pm

An Illinois man is being held in lieu of a total of $25,000 bail for allegedly treating Orange and Red Line trains as his own personal canvas, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.

Jim Clay Harper, 24, of the well-to-do Chicago suburb of Wilmette, was arraigned today in West Roxbury District Court on two counts of vandalizing property for allegedly spray-painting "ETHER" on trains at the Forest Hills T stop. He was already being held on similar charges involving Red Line trains in Dorchester, and is also suspected of tagging Blue Line trains at Orient Heights, according to the DA's office.

By - 9/29/09 - 8:38 am

Dave Bonner tweets another donut stand at the Oak Grove T stop has closed:

... sign said business was too slow. ...

By - 9/25/09 - 3:22 pm

No more envious sighs when the subject of the Alewife cage comes up, Boston Biker reports. The new storage room opens Sept. 29, with room for up to 100 bikes.

By - 9/25/09 - 3:15 pm

Say, that's not something you see every day: Jaime Rebhan photographs a particularly neigh-borly park ranger outside Forest Hills station today.

By - 9/24/09 - 7:52 am

Ben Ostrander tweets that around 7:40 this morning:

Saw a tourist with a crappy point & shoot stopped by T employee at Back Bay & told she couldn't do that.

As Ostrander notes, that fall under the category of "Not True." The MBTA's posted photo policy says non-commercial photography is OK - the main limitations are you can't use a flash or tripod and you have to provide ID if requested by a T cop or official.

By - 9/23/09 - 10:05 pm

Around 9:20, Brian Smith tweeted he'd been at Community College for 30 minutes with no sign of an Orange Line train. Blame police action at Malden.

Around 10, Phil R. tweeted he had to wait 30 minutes for a D trolley at Government Center (while 4 Bs, 5 Cs and 3 Es came and went). Blame the Green Line being the Green Line?

By - 9/23/09 - 10:39 am

Sad but true: After last week's Orange Line fire, caused by somebody throwing trash on the third rail (not to be confused with the simultaneous Red Line fire caused by old wiring), the MBTA plans a public-education campaign to get people to use trash receptacles instead of the tracks.

Boston Commissioner Roderick Fraser will record one of those public-service announcements today at the T's subway command center, reminding people that the T put those trash and recycling bins in stations for a reason. In addition:

While MBTA train crews are already required to report trash build-up along the tracks, the MBTA is issuing a reminder to all subway employees about the importance of notifying dispatchers so that a clean-up crew will be deployed. The MBTA is also tightening the protocols for trash pick-up by the MBTA track inspectors who work the overnight shifts while trains are not operating.

By - 9/23/09 - 8:09 am

The National Transportation Safety Administration is urging transit agencies to check their signal systems - including the ones in use on the Red and Orange lines, for possible problems following a subway crash in Washington. The feds say that, under certain circumstances, the systems might give a train driver a phantom all-clear signal. The T says not here; that the system has worked for decades without a hitch.

By - 9/17/09 - 9:25 am

Apparently lots of trains are heading toward Forest Hills, not so many going in the direction most people really want to go in the morning.

At 8:46, Travis Farrenkopf tweeted that when he got down to the platform at Forest Hills, there weren't any trains. Then one came in - and promptly went out of service.

At 9:23, Beth summed it up:

Today the part of the Green Line will be played by the Orange Line!

By - 9/16/09 - 7:47 pm
Chaos at DTX

Above: Trying to bring order to chaos outside a shut Downtown Crossing station tonight. Below: Smoke fills the Downtown Crossing station before it was evacuated. Both photos part of 16WadeSt's subway meltdown collection. Also see: Photo of people being evacuated from a Red Line train.

Chaos at DTX

Husband called to say he'll be late because the Red Line is down.

By - 9/13/09 - 6:38 pm

We were heading toward Forest Hills on the Orange Line this afternoon when the woman across from us asked me if I knew what the weather would be like tomorrow. I didn't have a clue, but I told her I'd look it up on my phone. I got the weather and told her.

She thanked me and then asked if I were from Roslindale. When I said yes, she said, "I thought so. People from Roslindale are just friendlier."

By - 9/9/09 - 8:06 am

So delays on the Orange Line this morning.

By - 9/5/09 - 8:33 pm

Because he gives them on the subway. Deuce tweets he's getting tired of:

the drunk dominican guy who preaches on the first car on the orangeline EVERY saturday nite.

Have you seen him?

By - 9/5/09 - 12:22 pm
State steps

Saul Blumenthal finds the color in the otherwise dreary State Street station.

Copyright Saul Blumenthal. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 8/31/09 - 1:18 pm

Benjamin M. tweets the PA system at Green Street at lunchtime was playing "We Are Family." But he adds nobody on the platform was dancing.

By - 8/31/09 - 10:58 am

Compressing all MBTA subway service for an entire day into a four-minute video:

James Kebinger explains how he created the video using MBTA scheduling data recently released by the state.

By - 8/31/09 - 9:22 am

The Herald reports that some dignitaries at Ted Kennedy's Mass at Mission Church tired of waiting in the pouring rain for a shuttle bus back to the Northeastern parking garage where their cars were - so they hopped on the Orange Line. Among them: New York Sen. Chuck Schumer:

... Schumer, who is a Brooklyn, N.Y., homeboy, seemed quite comfortable taking the train, unlike dozens of other wet, bedraggled funeral invitees who had to wrestle with the Charlie Card automated ticket purchasing system! ...

By - 8/27/09 - 10:55 am

The T says it will add extra Red Line trains for the JFK/UMass stop and will increase the number of buses running between the station and the JFK Library between 5:30 and 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

Also, all Old Colony commuter-rail trains will stop at JFK/UMass, and the T says it may even add Red Line trains after the normal 12:30 a.m. shutdown time if warranted.

On Saturday, the T will stop E trolleys at Brigham Circle, but will compensate with extra 39 buses along Huntington Avenue, while the Orange Line will add extra service to Roxbury Crossing. Route 66 buses, which normally go past Mission Church on Tremont Street, will be diverted until after Kennedy's funeral Mass. The Mission Hill Link bus won't operate at all.