The T

By - 9/9/14 - 12:58 pm
Porter Square in the dark on the MBTA

This is not a screenshot from that game. This is Hannah Malenfant's photo of the Red Line platform at Porter Square around 12:45 p.m., after the lights went out. Yes, the escalator stopped working, too, she reports.

By - 9/9/14 - 9:55 am
A traffic warning from the MBTA

Matt Hrono reports T workers were handing out these "tickets" at red lights along Huntington Avenue this morning.

By - 9/8/14 - 6:23 pm

UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: Transit Police gave Keolis the OK to resume normal operations through the area. Transit Police report the boy was airlifted to a Boston hospital; is expected to survive.

The 4:20 train to Franklin hit a 14-year-old near Islington station in Westwood.

Gugliemo reports getting a text from somebody on the train:

Police informed passengers. Have to get off and board

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By - 9/7/14 - 9:19 pm

Around 9:15 p.m. a man jumped in front of an outbound Orange Line train as it entered Back Bay station.

The T shut power in both directions so that firefighters could extricate the man, who remained alert and conscious (photo from the platform). About 22 minutes later, firefighters got him onto the platform for treatment by EMTs and transportation to a local hospital.

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By - 9/7/14 - 8:22 pm
Flooded Assembly stop on the Orange Line in Somerville

It poured, man it poured, in Somerville yesterday and once again, the new Assembly Orange Line station flooded. Or as Michael Femia, who captured the station apres deluge put it:

This is what a brand new multi million dollar MBTA stop looks like.

By - 9/5/14 - 5:52 pm

Since there are so many stories and comments here about the T, I thought the following might be interesting to many of you. Andrew is a member of the T Rider Oversight Committee. He has posted videos and commentary, from a trip to Tokyo, concerning the Tokyo Subway and how it compares to our own in Boston. He has asked for commentary, so I figured... Read more

By - 9/4/14 - 4:23 pm

A kaput train at Davis is giving Red Line riders agita.

Flea, heading to Davis, reports her train spent 20 minutes just sitting in North Quincy. Rebecca Fay Hoffman reports:

Stuck at Kendall, now stuck at Central. Train packed, not moving.

Cathy Del adds:

One hour to go from Park St to Davis.

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By - 9/3/14 - 4:50 pm

The state Department of Transportation and the MBTA said today they're soliciting bids for development above state land at Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue - and say the project is key to making the existing Hynes Green Line station handicap accessible.

Parcel 13 represents approximately 54,500 square feet of air rights over the Massachusetts Turnpike and portions of the MBTA Green Line tunnel across the

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By - 9/3/14 - 4:21 pm
Government Center MBTA station being rebuilt in Boston

DD808 shows us the above-ground progress on rebuilding the Government Center T stop.

By - 9/3/14 - 9:48 am

The Amateur Planner charts seven years' of T ridership data and ponders why Green Line and commuter-rail ridership remain depressed even as Red, Blue and Orange Line numbers are going up.

By - 9/3/14 - 9:33 am

City and state officials hold a press conference in Maverick Square this morning to highlight steps to ensure the safety of BPS middle-school students who will have to take the T to get to school this year instead of the traditional yellow buses.

Among the thing regular T riders will notice, according to Mayor Walsh's office:

The StopWatch Program will be present at designated locations

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By - 9/2/14 - 5:22 pm
Flooded roadway at Assembly MBTA station in Somerville

Sky reflected in flood outside Assembly station. Photo by Adam Castiglioni.

Seems the new Assembly stop on the Orange Line doesn't do well in the rain. Clydizzle reports on conditions after the afternoon downpour:

The new T stop at Assembly on the Orange Line, FLOODED.

Fourth Leaf adds:

Good job MBTA on the platform design at Assembly. #floodzone

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By - 9/2/14 - 3:36 pm

The T is e-mailing companies with large numbers of employees who have commuter-rail zone passes today. One of those workers forwards this copy of the e-mail:

Dear MBTA Commuter Rail Zone Pass or Charlie Ticket Holder,

There is a problem with the encoding of some September monthly passes on Commuter Rail and CharlieTickets. This does not affect the CharlieCard/Link pass for the bus and subway.

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By - 9/2/14 - 9:15 am
First paying customer at the Assembly stop on the Orange Line in Somerville

At 5 a.m. today, the MBTA opened the new Assembly station on the Orange Line (the first new T stop since the T opened the new version of the Orange Line south of Chinatown in 1987). Stuart Spina was on hand and captured Ruthy Rickenbacker becoming the first paying passenger at the station.

By - 8/31/14 - 6:54 pm

Transit Police report that around 5 p.m., somebody walked into the Savin Hill Red Line station, saw two people he wanted to shoot, took out a gun and began firing.

He missed, whereupon both his intended targets and he fled, police say. Police say they are continuing to look for him. About 40 minutes later, however, Cynthia Pesantez watched Boston Police take somebody... Read more

By - 8/29/14 - 6:29 pm
Students on the Green Line in Boston

Ari Baronofsky observed migratory students on the Green Line this afternoon:

Dear students, welcome to the MBTA, now please step away from the doors and move into the %+*£ train!

By - 8/29/14 - 5:32 pm

The official T alert - in their usual quirky fashion

Starting Tuesday - Orange Line Change

Assembly Station will be open for regularly scheduled Orange Line train service beginning at the start of service on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Affected stops:
Assembly

Last updated: Aug 29 2014 07:14 AM

Passing by there earlier this afternoon, I noted that one of the platform signs... Read more

By - 8/29/14 - 12:18 pm

Overall MBTA ridership increased 3% in July over last year despite an average 5% fare increase at the start of the month, the T announced today - adding the authority actually ended the year with a $14.2 million surplus, which it immediately put into a fund for maintaining the more outdated parts of the system.

By - 8/28/14 - 11:48 pm
Guy wanted for fake phone calls to 911 in Malden

Transit Police report they want to talk to this guy about a series of bogus phone calls to 911 about alleged crimes in the Malden Center T station.

Over the past month Transit and Malden Police have received several 911 emergency calls alleging various crimes in progress at the MBTA's Malden Center station. The calls originate from within the station. Subsequent to a joint

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By - 8/28/14 - 5:12 pm

At 5:05 p.m., Beaz reported signal problems meant a 45-minute trip from Ruggles to State Street.

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