Red Line

By - 11/18/15 - 8:05 am

The Herald reports comments by Frank DiPaola about that $80+ million in spending on new third rails, switch heaters and the like. Plus, they've got prisoners standing by to shovel out major snowfalls.

The Herald story is running on a morning when a train died on the Red Line, a trolley stopped functioning on the Mattapan Line and signal problems caused delays on the Blue Line.

By - 11/14/15 - 5:28 pm

Red Line riders say they appreciated the driver on their train who provided them with a unique way to remember the Paris victims today. As Anulfo Baez reports:

Really moved by this MBTA conductor welcoming people/announcing stops in French. "In honor of our friends...."

A T spokesman says:

The MBTA is very proud of Motor Person Michael Tsoukalas, who has been with the T for 20 years. A dedicated employee such as Michael represents all that is good about public service.

By - 11/12/15 - 6:53 pm

An Alewife train succumbed at Park Street around 6:40 p.m. and now growing numbers of riders are finding out just how many of them can be squeezed onto those platforms.

By - 11/12/15 - 4:20 pm
New MBTA subway cars

The MBTA has released what it says are the actual votes by people who care about the paint schemes for new cars on the Red and Orange Lines, and this time, they say, people voted for the same basic scheme for both, just in different colors, for the cars, which could be in service in a few years. Read more.

By - 11/10/15 - 3:54 pm
New paint schemes for Red, Orange and Green Line trains


UPDATE: The Globe reports it's Florida all over again: The T has put the vote into abeyance until it can examine apparent voting irregularities.

Well, actually three winners. The MBTA has selected the final paint schemes for the new Green, Orange, and Red Line cars:

By - 11/9/15 - 7:18 am

UPDATE: Some lines not affected by the signal problems are late because of the dreaded slippery rail.

The T is reporting delays on trains from the south due to Amtrak signal problems. And trains that would normally stop at Ruggles just aren't.

Also, trains decided it was Judgment Day on the Green and Red Lines and so gave up the ghost.

By - 11/3/15 - 8:43 am
White pants and no shoes at Davis Square on the Red Line

Slam reports this guy with no shoes - and white pants after Labor Day - got on the Red Line with him at Davis Square this morning.

Still on our train at Charles MGH... Bold to say the least.

By - 10/21/15 - 9:58 am

Peggy McClellan captured an interesting performance at the Harvard Square T stop yesterday.

By - 10/20/15 - 12:41 pm
Proposed Orange Line paint scheme

Benday dots for the Orange Line?

State transportation officials have three proposed exterior paint schemes for the new Orange, Red and Green Line trains that could begin rolling out in a few years and want the public to help them pick among them.

The first of 24 new Green Line trolleys are scheduled for 2017 delivery, while some of the 152 new Orange Line cars should begin rolling out the next year, followed by some of the 132 new Red Line trains in late 2019.

By - 10/16/15 - 9:37 pm

Transit Police report a man on the Old Colony tracks just south of Wollaston station was stuck and killed by a train around 8:30 p.m. Read more.

By - 10/14/15 - 8:23 am

A Red Line train bought the ranch at Quincy Adams and now Braintee riders are facing "moderate" delays.

By - 10/14/15 - 7:58 am

Around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Stanley Staco reports.

By - 10/8/15 - 5:25 pm
Kicked off the Red Line at Broadway

As David Finnerty shows us at Broadway, people were told to exit their Red Line trains, since they could no longer run due to some sort of track issue at JFK/UMass.

The T is now sending Braintree trains to Ashmont, where shuttle buses are supposed to take riders to North Quincy.

By - 10/2/15 - 4:21 pm
Crowded Red Line platform at Downtown Crossing

Signal problems at Park Street are causing "moderate" delays in both directions on the Red Line this afternoon. Or as MikeAtlas, at Downtown Crossing, tags it:

#salmonspawn #cattleherd

By - 9/30/15 - 4:45 pm
Crowds at Park Street on the Red Line

5:50 p.m.: Residual delays meant throngs long after service resumed. Park Street photo by William Engels.

UPDATE, 5:10 p.m Trains began rolling again.

It's rarely a good sign when the fire department shows up at a T stop, and this afternoon will not be the exception that proves that rule. A track fire about 20 feet inbound from Broadway station shortly after 4 p.m. brought firefighters to the platform and a shutdown of electrical service so they could take care of business.

The result was "severe" delays on the Red Line, again.

By - 9/30/15 - 10:24 am

The T is reporting the feared "severe" delays on the Red Line inbound due to a dead train at Central - a train that may be dead because shortly before 10 a.m., a passenger tried rushing through closing doors, which got stuck on his bag, and he couldn't get it out, so he pulled the emergency brake.

By - 9/30/15 - 7:25 am

The exigencies of another day at work caused a Red Line train to take an eternal rest near Alewife and an Orange Line train to take a ride with the Grim Reaper at Downtown Crossing between 7 and 7:30 a.m.

By - 9/27/15 - 11:42 am
Struggling to get out of Park Street

A concerned citizen complains:

Rotating gate at park street that facilates the exit from inside the subway to the outside. It's extremely hard to push it. Elders and many others will not be able to push it. Needs to be fixed. Citizen here in action!! ;)

By - 9/24/15 - 7:41 am
Crowded Park Street platforms on the Red Line

Park Street under the weather. Photo by Johnmcboston.

UPDATE, 9:55 a.m. The problems and delays continue.

The governor said yesterday the Red Line's resilient enough for this coming winter, but he didn't say anything about this morning's commute, which first came to a halt around 6:30 a.m. because an inbound train went express to Valhalla near Kendall, then, later, because the signals at Alewife decided they were sick of hearing about resiliency and were going to show that Baker guy what they thought about that.

Bill Donuts exclaimed to the T:

Read more.