Ari Ofsevit takes a look at the state's shelved plans to extend the Blue Line 1,300 feet to Charles/MGH and explains how the state screwed up all the cost estimates by proposing ridiculous construction techniques just because they don't feel like building the thing.
The Red Line is delayed in both directions because of a deceased train at Central Square.
Mark Peter Detwiler reports it's so bad there's no more room on the outbound platform at South Station.
Traffic will be briefly halted near Charles Circle Saturday morning as crews working on the Longfellow Bridge start would could be a two-day project to clean out a steam pipe that runs across the bridge.
Traffic will resume once the steam venting starts up, shortly after 7 a.m., Cambridge Police say, adding: Read more.
A Red Line train that left this mortal coil at Porter Square is causing what the T acknowledges are "severe" delays. Read more.
The Red Line station is shut, but the Red Line continues to run, just more slowly, as firefighters work to extinguish a fire in an air duct in the lower level of 141 Dorchester Ave.
Among the people on a Red Line train that gave up the ghost between Broadway and South Station this morning: former state Transportation Secretary Jim Aloisi, who reports: Read more.
Shortly before 10:30 a.m. on the inbound platform at Shawmut.
They're packin' 'em in at Park Street thanks to a southbound train that could pick no better time than rush hour to die.
People coming from the direction of Alewife are sitting in trains not moving because a train at Park Street just gained its wings.
Transit Police report arresting a Boston man they say attacked a cop at Harvard Square station around 3:30 p.m. yesterday.
Police say the officer stopped Travis Artist after spotting him going through a fare gate without paying. The cop wrote him a citation and then Artist mouthed off, at which point the cop told him he was now trespassing and ordered him out of the station. Read more.
Mark Novak shows us the line this morning to add another month to CharlieCards.
One train's get up and go got up and left at Alewife, causing "severe" delays on the Red Line, the MBTA reports.
Somewhere, a Red Line train paid its fare to the ferryman and now riders who just want to get home get to enjoy the company of their fellow commuters. At 6:17 p.m., Mark Peter Detwiler reported:
Issues on the redline southbound, been waiting at Park 25 minutes for a braintree train.
Police stopped the Red Line in both directions shortly before 9:45 p.m. because of a guy dumping things on the tracks at Broadway, including what appeared to be one of those heavy bomb-resistant trash barrels. Read more.
UPDATE: Statement by Transit Police.
Jamie Davenport reports on an incident Thursday night on a Red Line train ordered held at South Station until the police could clear a group of rowdy black teens off her car. She watched silently - until a cop ordered a black kid who wasn't part of the group off the train as well: Read more.
Blake Stacey reports from an inbound Red Line train sitting in the tunnel just short of Central Square:
There is literally a trash fire on the tracks in front of us (just north of Central).
Conductor on PA: "It's just newspaper, don't worry."
State House News Service reports 55 congressmen want the Treasury department to investigate the way a Chinese company won the bid to build new Red Line and Orange Line trains, in part because of allegations it was able to submit a low-ball bid due to Chinese government subsidies, in part because they worry about the Chinese gaining access to critical national infrastructure, such as rail lines. Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Somerville) did not sign on, saying he wants to learn more first.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Red Line's Ashmont branch due to signal problems at Ashmont.