Orange Line

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

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By - 11/7/13 - 9:13 am

Signal problems at Sullivan Square mean sardine-level packing on inbound Orange Line trains this morning.

Meanwhile, there are major delays on the Worcester Line due to a train hitting and killing somebody.

By - 11/5/13 - 4:18 pm

Around 1 p.m. The MBTA reports:

There was no train in the area. He made no contact with the third rail. Taken to Brigham and Women's to be checked out.

A witness on the platform says he appeared to just pass out and fall down, on the left track:

He got off the train on the opposite side and was walking towards the escalator past

... Read more
By - 11/5/13 - 10:05 am
Wanted for larceny.

Transit Police report they are looking for a guy who helped himself to $20 from the wallet of a person in a wheelchair at the Downtown Crossing T stop on Oct. 17.

He's described as Hispanic, with black and grey hair, about 5’8" and 165 lbs.

If you know him, contact Transit Police detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous tip to 873873.... Read more

By - 11/4/13 - 8:51 am

Anna Sims reports what the driver of her Green Line train said:

This train is having issues, I'm not sure it will get you where you're going.

Perhaps she's on the same train as Mark, who reports:

20 minutes to go 5 stops on the b line. I know I shouldn't expect much of the b line but yikes,

Both the Green Line... Read more

By - 10/30/13 - 7:34 am

The morning starts with a dead train at Wellington on the Orange Line, a dead Green Line trolley somewhere on Huntington or South Huntington and a dead train outbound at Maverick on the Blue Line (say, aren't those the T's newest and freshest subway trains?).

By - 10/29/13 - 7:48 am

Doc Sigma tweets:

A woman outside Forest Hills Station is going around trying to sell vibrators.

Emily Chionchio checks in from the Red Line:

Second seat for your muffin, that's a new one on the Red Line.

She kept awkwardly nibbling on it and was seated facing it like it was her life partner.

... Read more
By - 10/22/13 - 12:46 pm

Gov. Patrick said today riders of increasingly decrepit Red and Orange Line trains will see relief in 2019, when the first of new cars begin arriving under a schedule set by the MBTA board of directors:

The project will deliver at least 226 vehicles; 152 Orange Line cars, replacing the entire fleet of 120, and 74 Red Line cars with an option to increase the

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By - 10/16/13 - 4:52 pm

Don't think of them as "severe delays." Think of them as chances to get to know your fellow riders better.

By - 10/9/13 - 3:38 pm
Ambroult

Transit Police report arresting a Jamaica Plain man for allegedly trying to stick somebody up right in the lobby of the Forest Hills Orange Line stop last night.

According to police, William Ambroult, 40, approached a man in the lobby and showed "what the victim believed to be a handgun and demanded the victim turn over his money."

Police say the victim ran and... Read more

By - 10/4/13 - 12:05 pm

Transit Police report arresting Mohammad Noor, 27, on charges he beat up a worker at the Roxbury Crossing Orange Line stop on Sept. 20 when told he had to take an argument with another man outside the station.

According to police, Noor reacted to the request by punching the 69-year-old worker in the face until he dropped to the ground - and then kicked... Read more

By - 9/26/13 - 11:19 am

Happened Wednesday night, Boston Metro reports.

By - 9/18/13 - 4:08 pm
Traffic cone at Back Bay Orange Line station

I was waiting for a Forest Hills train this afternoon when a guy coming through the tunnel from Copley Place approached the bars on one side of the fare gates. He reached through the bars, grabbed the cone, maneuvered it upwards until he had it in hand, then dropped it down over one of the fare gates, which triggered the electric eye to open the... Read more

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