Update, 8:10 a.m.: There's a dead train at Wollaston on the Red Line now.
Dead trains mean lengthy delays on the Green, Blue and Orange lines this morning; well, except the T... Read more
Signal troubles on the Green Line downtown, dead train at Eliot, roadway problems on the 5 Silver Line, dead train somewhere on the Red Line between JFK/UMass and Park Street, but at least the Orange and Blue lines are running OK.
Laura Vogel reports:
New record: door (North End) to door (Kendall Sq) travel time is 51 mins due to Red Line "delays." To... Read more
Curse you, malfunctioning signals!
Dan Dunn reports a nearly hour-long ride from Davis to Kendall.
Hoppzor wonders why these signal problems so often occur when it rains:
every time it rains there are mbta signal problems at harvard or alewife. pretty sure these stations are underground.
Also, I probably only find the following funny because I'm sitting nice and dry inside: The T... Read more
The MBTA says new Silver Line 4 service will get riders from Dudley Station to South Station in 30 minutes, with the first, ceremonial, run scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
Buses are scheduled for every 10 minutes during rush hour and 15 minutes the rest of the day. T officials say federal stimulus money was used to get the service started.
The existing Dudley-to-Downtown-Crossing... Read more
This is a typical occurrence-30+ min waiting & then 3 buses blow by.
Ed. note: It's hard to break them of this natural habit, which protects them in the wild from roaming packs of busiraptors.... Read more
The MBTA says it's shutting down its GPS-based arrival system along Washington Street tomorrow to comply with a federal mandate to change the frequencies used by the system.
The T says it expects to have the system up and running by Sept. 24. The FCC is forcing the T to change frequencies to keep the system from possibly interfering with public-safety services. The T adds:... Read more
... Aloisi and Chang-Diaz getting breakfast @ Brother's...
Ed. question: Is there any station in all of T-land with a better name than Ruggles? I'd rank it even... Read more
This week's Friday-afternoon issue: Disabled Green Line train at Haymarket.
Also heavy delays reported on the bus rapid transit line due to traffic on Washington Street.
It's a short list, Lynne tweets: someone PULLING A KNIFE ON THE BUS DRIVER ON THE SILVER LINE AND THREATENING HER.
Said person was off the bus with her toddler when this all went down; situation resolved by driving away from inbound Herald St stop.
They have lots of gravel roads in the country. Bill Daras posts some photos showing that the Silver Line tunnel past South Station is becoming a gravel road as well:
... If someone paved your driveway so that it felt like a dirt road, was flooded 24/7 and started to turn back to gravel after five years you would have the contractor rip it... Read more
Josh Stevens ranks various airports on their ground transportation and declares Logan "most bewildering" because of the Silver Line:
If a camel is a horse designed by committee, then Boston's Silver Line BRT (with scant emphasis on the "R") is a transit line designed by a committee of camels. In the course of a 20-minute trip to South Station, the Silver Line seems to... Read more
UPDATE: The 28X project is dead.
The state will use $114 million in federal stimulus funds to build enhanced bus corridors along Washington Street and Blue Hill Avenue over the next three years, officials announced at a Dudley Station ceremony today.
Most immediately, Dudley will get a direct Silver Line connection to South Station this fall - which brought exclamations of joy from state... Read more
Here's a longish interview with Walter Hook, director of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, in which he extols the virtues of "bus rapid transit" systems as being able to provide as good service as trolleys at a fraction of the cost in crowded urban areas.
Well, in most cases:
... Of course, you can mess up a BRT system, and Boston's... Read more
P.S. MBTA, I think I was a bit too hard on you in my previous letter. Today my commute was quick and painless. Miracle of miracles, when I arrived at my usually crowded above-ground stop on the green line this morning, an EMPTY train was waiting, and mind you, that station is not at the beginning or end of a line. How did you know... Read more
The Kane County Chronicle reports the suburban-Chicago county is looking at the Silver Line as a way to improve bus service along a crowded corridor. Officials there are looking forward to dedicated bus lanes and manipulating traffic signals to speed buses.
Wait, what did you say?
Because they don't think the in-debt-to-its-eyeballs T can come up with its 40% share of the $1.5-billion bus tunnel, the Globe reports.
The Outraged Liberal can't wait, says this might finally be the kick in the teeth the state needs to come up with an actual, serious plan for dealing with all of the region's transportation issues:
... But then again, this is... Read more