The T

By - 7/6/16 - 4:08 pm
Burning trackless-trolley wires in Watertown Square

The overhead wires for the 71 trackless trolley don't do much good when they catch on fire, as they did this afternoon in Watertown Square - as Itbeale captured.

By - 7/6/16 - 9:02 am

It's not just that the new subway cars CSR Sifang delivered to Singapore have cracks in them, but that it could take up to seven years to fix the damage.

However, the cars in question were built by CSR in China, while our new Red Line and Orange Line trains, to be delivered by 2022, will be built in Springfield.

H/t Bob.

By - 7/1/16 - 5:52 pm

People stuck on the Red Line are reporting their drivers are telling them there's maybe a fire or maybe a police action or maybe even both at Porter Square, but whatever it is, Red Line riders would dearly love to be somewhere else right now.

By - 7/1/16 - 5:18 am

Thank goodness you pledged not to raise taxes or fees! For a second there, I thought the price of my new monthly MBTA pass was $9.50 more than last month. I mean, that would be an increased fee, right? Or a tax hike on non-driving commuters, maybe? Either way, it is SUCH a relief to know that good ol' Honest Charlie Baker is on my side, fighting against all those Democratic hacks, and would NEVER let that happen!

So when will they change that typo on the CharlieCard page back to $75?

By - 6/29/16 - 10:23 pm

Todd Consentino attended a MassDOT update session on the Casey Overpass/Forest Hills rehab project tonight and reports that the work has fallen a year behind schedule: Three months due to the inability to work under the mega snowpiles of 2015 and now nine months because the state is having problems buying six ceiling-mounted "jet fans" to ventilate and cool the Orange Line tunnel under the new ground-level Arborway. Read more.

By - 6/29/16 - 8:06 am

Marianna reports on what happened at Comm. Ave. and South Street in Brighton around 7:30 a.m. with her B Line trolley and a car: Read more.

By - 6/28/16 - 3:33 pm
Collection of germ samples

Where samples were collected. Posted under this license.

Scientists who took samples on the MBTA from everything from subway straps to outdoor CharlieCard machines found that the microorganisms they found showed no greater virulence - or greater resistance to antibiotics - than you'd find elsewhere. Read more.

By - 6/28/16 - 8:12 am

With the higher-fare clock counting down to Friday, Red Line riders are experiencing all sorts of delays thanks to a deceased train at Alewife this morning.

By - 6/27/16 - 9:08 am

The Globe reports on the scorn and ridicule the officer heaped on the person to go with the photo she uploaded to a post sent to her Facebook friends a couple of days ago.

By - 6/26/16 - 12:35 pm

A "power problem" between Newton Centre and Chestnut Hill means "moderate" delays, the T advises.

By - 6/25/16 - 9:59 pm

The T is busing Green Line passengers between Reservoir and Newton Highlands due to a "track problem" at Newton Highlands.

By - 6/24/16 - 7:30 pm
Smoke on the tracks at Charles/MGH on the Red Line

Kylejemge watched the driver of an outbound Red Line train get out of the train and put a fire extinguisher to good use just before Charles/MGH this afternoon:

Climbed back in and kept going.

By - 6/24/16 - 3:59 pm
Subway factory under way in Springfield

The T posted a couple photos today of the Springfield site where a Chinese company is building a factory that will build new Orange Line and Red Line cars, which are expected to roll out between late 2018 and 2022.

By - 6/24/16 - 7:46 am

A power cable that caught fire at Charles/MGH around 1:40 a.m. meant no service between Kendall Square and Park Street first thing this morning. The T announced around 7 a.m. that repairs had been finished and service was resuming, but with "residual" delays.

By - 6/23/16 - 5:51 pm

At 4:49 p.m., Brian Jacobel issued a plaintive cry for help from Red Line car 01729:

The doors never opened at Harvard, we just rolled out to Porter and tons of people couldn’t get off.

Followed one minute later by a pair of tweets from Porter Square: Read more.

By - 6/22/16 - 8:57 pm
Green Line emergency exit opened up on Boylston Street in the Back Bay

Madeline Donohue was walking down Boylston Street near Dartmouth around 7:30 p.m. when she noticed this Green Line emergency exit opened:

Alarms going off and no one is coming out.

By - 6/22/16 - 5:16 pm

We don't hear much about the Mattapan High-Speed Line - those 1940s-era trolleys just take a lickin' and keep on tickin', but this afternoon the T is warning of "moderate" delays due to a trolley that switched to the tracks across the river Styx.

By - 6/22/16 - 10:18 am
In the dark at Porter Square on the Red Line

Phillip Naslund wonders if the fare increase means the T will be able to pay the electric bill for Porter Square station.

By - 6/17/16 - 2:38 pm

Power shut, riders put on shuttle buses, expect delays.

UPDATE, 2:40 p.m. The T reported service has resumed, with "moderate" delays.