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By - 8/14/15 - 10:12 am
Stalactites at Tufts Medical Center on the Orange Line

Stalactites have formed above the outbound platform and tracks at the Tufts Medical Center station.

By - 8/14/15 - 9:53 am

The Transit Wire reports on the first clocks, in Kenmore station.

By - 8/13/15 - 11:37 am

Transit Police report an inbound Regional train from New York hit a man on the tracks near Norfolk Street in Mansfield around 11 a.m. - halting both Amtrak and commuter-rail service along the Northeast Corridor. Foul play is not suspected.

Helen Fuller, a New Yorker on the train, 190, reports passengers were being kept on the train - even after northbound service for other trains resumed - and that passengers were kept completely in the dark, even as they learned what was going on from just looking out the window and from social media: Read more.

By - 8/13/15 - 9:14 am

City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) wants BPS to look at providing vouchers to low-income parents so they can get to parent-teacher conferences and open houses they might otherwise miss due to transportation costs. Read more.

By - 8/12/15 - 3:08 pm
Waiting for a pass at Downtown Crossing

Beetlejuice's waiting room in the afterlife, T edition. Photo by Paul Levy.

Fresh off his 65th birthday, Paul Levy descended into the bowels of Downtown Crossing today to get one of the senior T passes to which he's now entitled. Levy, who knows something about complex systems - he oversaw the construction of Deer Island and rescued Beth Israel Hospital from bankruptcy - was amazed, and not in a good way. Read more.

By - 8/11/15 - 9:48 pm

The Boston City Council tomorrow considers a proposal to open city streets to developers of small solar-powered "pods" that could provide individualized mass transit through a monorail and a large computer network that would let people set destinations for their pods and then just speed off. Read more.

By - 8/11/15 - 12:34 pm
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Transit Police credit a Route 230 driver with using his bus to prevent a crash after the driver of the SUV began swerving across the road in front of him on Quincy Avenue in Quincy around 11 a.m. on Friday. Read more.

By - 8/10/15 - 9:13 am

BatHedge watched the smoke around 9 p.m. on a BC-bound B trolley at Park Street. The T is now reporting "minor" delays.

By - 8/9/15 - 10:50 pm

He somehow wound up under the second car of an outbound train around 10:45 p.m. First responders pulled him out, alive, not long after, from the inbound side, after the power was shut off. Outbound train service remained halted until after 11:30 p.m., as police investigated the incident.

By - 8/6/15 - 5:17 pm

The MBTA reports it's taken delivery on 1,100 linear feet of brand spankin' new third rail that it will use to replace older, more brittle third rail on the Red Line later this month, as part of its program to make the T better able to withstand the sort of winters we've been known to get in New England.

"Replacing aging third rail with new rail makes the subway less vulnerable to power-related issues," a spokesman says.

By - 8/6/15 - 8:39 am
Removing the branch on an overhead wire on the Green Line.

Branch removal on the D Line. Photo by MBTA.

A tree limb that obeyed the law of gravity right onto the overhead power lines at Brookline Hills is causing all sorts of grief on the Riverside Line this morning.

Deirdre reports that her trolley stopped at Beaconsfield and the driver urged people to walk over to the C Line.

By - 8/6/15 - 8:33 am

Gus Coldebella reports a Needham Line conductor felt compelled to make this announcement this morning:

Please don't crawl under the train. It's dangerous. We'll wait for you to walk around.

Ed. note: Unlike other lines, the Needham Line only has one track, at least until Forest Hills.

By - 8/6/15 - 8:04 am
Dead train at Kendall Square

Richard Rininger shows us the scene at Kendall around 7:40 a.m., when a Braintree train gasped its last:

Train broken at Kendall, everyone told to get off.

By - 8/3/15 - 7:20 pm

The T reports "moderate" Red Line delays outbound due to a toasted switch at JFK, and by "moderate," they mean you don't have to abandon all faith just yet, but get ready to.

By - 8/3/15 - 8:58 am
No train coming on the Orange Line

The passengers kept coming, even if the train didn't. Photo by Meredith Sandiford.

An unspecified power problem on the very same stretch of track between Forest Hills and Stony Brook that was shut for winter "resiliency" upgrading this weekend mean not Orange Line at all for riders between those two stops and lots of issues for riders on the rest of the line this morning. And that was on top of problems caused by an inbound train at Tufts cut down by Death's Scythe around 6:30 a.m.

By - 8/2/15 - 1:21 pm
Wanted for Kendall Square indecent assault

Photo via Cambridge PD.

Cambridge Police report a woman exiting the Kendall Square Red Line station around 7:20 a.m. yesterday was approached by a man who, after a brief conversation, "grabbed the woman's buttocks."

The female yelled then punched the suspect in the face. This seemed to startle the male who then walked away.

He's described as black, medium build with dreadlocks and wearing a red shirt and black pants.

By - 8/1/15 - 11:59 am

UPDATE, 12:30 p.m. Bus, SUV separated, service to Green, Stony Brook resuming.

Nick Tomkavage shows us the results of a head-on collision between an Orange Line shuttle bus and and Escalade at Boylston and Amory in Jamaica Plain around 11:50 a.m. EMTs were evaluating the Escalade driver for possible injuries. Read more.

By - 7/31/15 - 1:17 pm
Bit of old newspaper found at Government Center MBTA station

The MBTA reports workers at the Government Center rehab project found remnants of a 1915 Boston Post behind an old door jamb.

Other, larger reminders of the station's past will be put on display: Read more.

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