For the second time in three months, a driver ran a red light at D Street in South Boston and plowed into a Silver Line bus about to descend to World Trad Center, the MBTA reports. The driver, Adam Galarza of New Bedford, was cited for failing to stop at a red light and an expired inspection sticker after the 1:40 p.m. collision, the T says, adding nobody on the bus was injured.
These stats just in from the T for the South Boston end of the Silver Line for January through August:
- Total annual year-to-date ridership up 7.0% from 3,148,612 in 2010 to 3,368,580 in 2011.
- Average weekday ridership up 5.7% from 15,015 in 2010 to 15,877 in 2011.
- Average Saturday ridership up 67.3% from 5,550 in 2010 to 9,285 in 2011.
- Average Sunday ridership up 8.0% from 8,422 in 2010 to 9,098 in 2011.
A lot, a Suffolk professor writes.
The MBTA reports the driver of a Silver Line bus was taken to Tufts Medical Center with non-life-threatening "lacerations to the upper lip and eye area" after the attack around 3 p.m. at Washington and Kneeland streets The search for the suspect, who fled the scene, continues.
Rob V. checks in from the Other Coast:
I'm sitting in a terminal at LAX and wishing I was waiting for the Silver Line.
I hate the Silver Line.
I love my family in LA, but I hate this city so much that I wish I was on the Silver Line right now...
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 is urging Orange Line riders to just forget it exists and seek alternate routes. Delays on the Silver Line to Design Center, too, due to a dead bus. Jennifer Musso tweeted from Oak Grove on the Orange Line:
Hundreds of people waiting for shuttle buses at OkGrv sub0 weather! Station worker says he's not answering "any more questions"
Commuter rail? How 'bout those 30-40 minute delays on the Worcester line? Erin Bowles checked in:
At Framingham, there was a woman on platform nearly in tears. Hoping she'll be OK, but there's no way she doesn't have frostbite.
Not that North Station lines were immune from problems. Matt Hrono tweeted:
T alerts failed. Haverhill 208 cancelled, people waiting in record cold for 45 mins, no alert. What gives? Safety issue much?
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 be fair, it IS 2.6 miles.
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 reports it has to divert some Silver Line service in South Boston because of a ship docking at the Black Falcon Pier and advises: "Passengers are encouraged to walk out to Dry Dock Ave. for bus service." Dry Dock Ave.? This morning? More like Wet Dock Ave., amirite?
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 service is now SL5. SL3, which served part of the South Boston waterfront, was discontinued.
T workers weren't even done putting up a new map at Government Center when somebody rushed over to figure out how to get from A to B.
The MBTA today kicked off a two-year, $500,000 project to replace every single map at T stations. Download a hi-def copy of the new map (870k PDF).
Highlights: The updated maps show a new Sliver Line 4, which will provide direct service from Dudley to South Station starting next month (on surface roads; no, the T didn't build a secret tunnel), and, on the Green Line, riders will get to see which line actually goes all the way to Lechmere (the E) and which end before Lechmere:
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:
In addition, Global Positioning System (GPS) technology will be unavailable to dispatchers in the MBTA's Bus Operations Control Center. As a result, bus dispatchers will not have the capability of making real time schedule adjustments. As the MBTAâ€™s mobile radios are reprogrammed, they will begin to migrate over to the new frequency set and begin to populate the data system. Completion is slated for September 24th, but communications personnel are determined to complete the transition before that date.
... 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 higher than Wonderland.
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 up and start again. In Boston you just let it go, and ask for over a billion dollars to do it all over again.
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 pass through every stage of man and a few states of matter to boot. ...
Via Robert David Sullivan, who wonders if Stevens would have appreciated the Silver Line more if he'd also tried either a cab or the shuttle bus/Blue Line.