The T

By - 11/21/14 - 9:41 am

Transit Police report having to get a masturbating man off a 1 bus yesterday afternoon after he refused requests from other passengers to knock it off.

According to police, officers arrived at the stopped but as Tremont Street and Mass. Ave. around 4:10 p.m.:

Several passengers pointed out a male, later identified as John Repetto, 55, of Boston. Witnesses informed the officers Repetto originally

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By - 11/21/14 - 8:51 am

At 8:29 a.m., the MBTA tweeted:

#GreenLine: All branches: Moderate eastbound delays due to power issue.

In response to somebody's query about what exactly "moderate" means when he's been sitting on a trolley that hasn't moved in ten minutes, the T added:

Yes, we describe a "moderate" delay as a major disruption in service.

At 8:54, Andrea reported:

According to my

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By - 11/20/14 - 4:01 pm

This is a little after the fact, but I haven't seen it on UHub or anywhere else: Amtrak has closed its ticket office at Back Bay station. While the official notice doesn't say why, railfans have heard that it's because the T has been unable to improve the ventilation of those ever-present diesel fumes (a topic mentioned over and over and... Read more

By - 11/20/14 - 7:46 am

State House News Service reports on the penalties the state assessed Keolis.

By - 11/17/14 - 5:46 pm
Silver Line crowding

Packing them in at a Silver Line stop. Photo by Martin Zero.

Problems on the Red and Green lines mean crankytime for evening T commuters. Christie F. gives us a taste:

35 minutes ago my train pulled out of Lechmere. We still haven't reached Haymarket.

Southbound Red Line service has yet to reach standstill proportions, but that's of little solace to people jammed onto platforms who can't even sardine themselves into trains.... Read more

By - 11/17/14 - 5:12 pm
Orange Line orange

Little Miss makes us wonder what would be a good symbol for the other lines.

By - 11/17/14 - 11:30 am
Trolley work in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 11/17/14 - 7:30 am

Allen Morrison posted a copy of 16-mm footage of trolleys running from Maverick to Suffolk Downs in 1949.

H/t A.P. Blake.

By - 11/14/14 - 7:53 pm
Huge crowds at Kendall Square on the Red Line

Kendall Square, 6:20 p.m. Photo by Mark.

Not long after 6 p.m., the Red Line did what it does so well: Fail. Specifically, a train got to the Longfellow Bridge, looked down and grew so terrified it would fall in the river, or something, that it just died right there, as Devin Cole shows us:

The driver somehow managed to coax the... Read more

By - 11/13/14 - 12:09 pm

Transit Police report they are looking for a man on a moped they say pointed an apparent gun at the driver of a 41 bus at Dudley Street and Blue Hill Avenue the afternoon of Oct. 30.

By - 11/12/14 - 3:40 pm

Apparently the Gov. wasn't kidding. Commuter rail has published the pending weekend service on the Fairmount (Purple/Indigo) Line for the first time ever.

Hyde Park to South Station locals have fought for this for years. I'll be on the first Saturday morning, Nov. 29th train and head to the Haymarket.

Basically, it's hourly service and in some ways better than the existing five-day sked.... Read more

By - 11/12/14 - 11:42 am

Boston Magazine interviews a British boffin who has drawn 13 different versions of the standard T map - with more to come.

Ed. note: The article shows several of his designs, which are cool, except they give equal weight to the commuter-rail lines, which seems a bit confusing given that it's really a separate system with its own fare system, but maybe I'm just... Read more

By - 11/12/14 - 11:29 am
Old Boston trolley station

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 11/11/14 - 7:23 pm
Dead Fitchburg train

Changing trains on the tracks. Photo by Billy Lazarro.

Even normally pessimistic Fitchburg Line commuters probably didn't expect this: By 7 p.m., the 5:30 train to Fitchburg train hadn't moved more than a few feet from North Station. As Billy Lazarro explains, passengers finally walked down the track to another train, which also then just sat there.

By - 11/11/14 - 6:38 pm

As any good uhuber is aware, the MBTA conducted a subway map redesign contest early last year, the results of which were released about a year ago to little fanfare. Apparently Professor Maxwell Roberts of the University of Essex, famous... Read more

By - 11/10/14 - 6:42 am

A southbound Orange Line train turned blue and could not be revived, according to an MBTA alert that went out at 6:23 a.m.

By - 11/9/14 - 12:35 pm

Green Line service turned into a complete oxymoron this morning when a trolley died. The T rolled in substitute buses between Kenmore and Park. At 11 a.m., Zach Tucker tweeted:

3 dark trolleys sitting at Copley IB, no MBTA CSA's anywhere to explain to clueless tourists.

UPDATE: At 1 p.m., the T announced resumption of normal service, but, naturally, with residual delays.... Read more

By - 11/8/14 - 10:37 am

Somerville Voices reports on a meeting at which MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said the T had to be prepared for the potential loss of money from increasing gas taxes in order to win federal funding for the plan to someday extend the Green Line into Somerville and Medford.

On Tuesday, voters repealed a plan under which gas taxes would increase every year at... Read more

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