Deb Beatty Mel reports Orange Line trains are entering and leaving from both sides of the platform again, several months after one side was shut to allow for the work needed to build a new station entrance on the other side of New Washington Street.
Tries to beat signal, then stops - fouling tracks. At least they had the sense (and the room) to back clear. BTW - pavement was wet but clear.
Albion Street, Wakefield @ 8:04 AM
This hawk was perched near the elevator in the Green Street station in Jamaica Plain this morning.
Hawk hurt at Back Bay station.
The T says there are "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to malfunctioning signals at Alewife.
UPDATE: The Animal Rescue League came to take the hawk for evaluation and rehab.
Around 12:20 p.m., Matt Fede reported this apparently injured hawk was sitting outside Back Bay station, on the Dartmouth Street side, as police stood by awaiting somebody who could take care of it.
Maybe it's the one that flew into the station yesterday?
An exhausted outbound Fairmount Line bought the farm just before Fairmount station and now the T says there are delays of 30 to 40 minutes, which is roughly twice as long as it would take the average adult to just get out and walk from Fairmount to the end of the line at Readville (yes, of course, unlike every other line, the Fairmount Line is not named for the last stop).
The T is reporting "moderate" delays due to a train that's refusing to move at Ashmont.
What a strange tern of events: A hawk flew into Back Bay station this morning. Transit Police are keeping an eagle eye on it until the Animal Rescue League can come and get it out. On last report, it was perching on one of the wooden rafters at the top of the station; hopefully, it won't be overcome by diesel fumes.
Transit Police report a man, about 30, was on the Northeast Corridor tracks near 700 S. Main St. around 10 p.m. when he was hit by an outbound commuter-rail train.
Police say foul play is not suspected.
A Green Line trolley that has left this mortal coil near Boylston is causing "moderate" delays, the T reports.
Here are all of Universal Hub's rhyming T-delay headlines for 2016. These represent only the finest, choicest, most awful of delays - regular riders will know their commutes slow a lot more than what's listed here (plus, I didn't use rhymes for delays caused by things such as people getting hit by trains, and I admit I was somewhat remiss in my coverage of commuter-rail delays, as any Fitchburg Line rider could tell you). Some of these rhymes are really bad; in the year to come, will try to make them hum.
- Orange Line riders' woes mount as train stops, goes down for the count, 1/4/16
- Car on the track, now that's whack, 1/4/16Track problems to the south and the north mean that some riders can't just sally forth, 1/5/16
The MBTA today announced that a long planned upgrade to Ruggles station should get underway next year. In addition to a new 800-foot long commuter-rail platform that will let more trains stop at the station, the T is also planning an overhaul of the lower busway, replacement of four elevators and the addition of a fifth and expanded pedestrian canopies at either end of the station. Read more.
Around 8 a.m., Adam Kessel boarded an inbound Needham Line train only to find (again):
Bodies packed tight, including in vestibules between cars. Unsafe, uncomfortable. Illegal?
A few minutes later, he checked in from Ruggles:
Train just left Ruggles with dozens unable to deboard, trapped on train. No one around to hear shouts.
A man who likes to carry a brick is scheduled for arraignment today on charges he beat a man at North Station - and tried to push him on the commuter-rail tracks - after finding out the victim was from Mexico, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The Green Line is back and running between Packards Corner and BC after some unspecified power problem knocked out service and got the T to bring in shuttle buses.
The T's reporting "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to a train near JFK/UMass that suffered an attack of permanent frostbite.