CommonWealth presents a proposal to make commuter rail faster, more reliable and more popular - by replacing most of the current trains with individually powered electric coaches known as "electric multiple units" like they use in Japan - and Connecticut.
Blue Line service is moving kind of slow due to a train that is moving not at all at Bowdoin, the T reports.
State officials announced today they'll be shutting Commonwealth Avenue near the BU Bridge July 26 to Aug. 14 as they work to replace the increasingly creaky bridge where the street crosses over the turnpike and the tracks used by the Worcester Line and Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited service.
Paths will be kept open for pedestrians and bike riders, MassDOT announced today. Read more.
The T reports "moderate" delays on the Green Line due to a deceased trolley at Copley Square.
UPDATE: The T now reports "severe" delays, says the flatlined trolley is at Boylston. Unclear if it's a different one or they managed to get the Copley one running just long enough to move the problem a station down.
Todd Buffum shows us where part of the ceiling plunged to the ground today at the entrance to Tracks 5 and 7 at Back Bay.
A crescendo of complaints by commuter-rail riders about cancellations, delays and overcrowded trains reached a new peak this morning as commuters into both North and South stations vented their frustration online.
UPDATE, Thursday, 10 a.m.
Greenbush train 091 (which left South Station around 8:25 p.m.), hit somebody on the tracks just south of Savin Hill.
Transit Police report that the "trespasser," a 24-year-old man, was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.
At 10:17 p.m., M.McG reported she and other passengers were still on the train, still not moving.
The Globe reports the $1 billion in federal funding is safe.
What decade is it supposed to be running again?
Neil the roving UHub photographer took in the mockup of a new Orange Line car on City Hall Plaza today, reports the T is going with the shiny, slidey plastic seats. They're scheduled to arrive by 2022.
The T reports "moderate" delays on the Green Line out in Brighton due to a trolley that bought the farm at Washington Street.
The T's started Lechmere-North Station bustitution; could take several hours to repair the damage. Passengers on a trolley up on the viaduct had to be walked down to the station when one of its pantographs suddenly lost contact with the overhead wire in a shower of sparks.
An MBTA worker who oversaw small construction jobs and the purchase of office supplies and a Plymouth contractor were indicted this week on charges they rigged bids for several years, the state Attorney General's office reports. Read more.
"Moderate" delays on the Red Line, the T reports.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the E Line due to a trolley frozen in place at Copley and on the Red Line north from Broadway to Alewife because, well, they don't say, but maybe the trains are shuddering thinking about the impending snow.
The T reports "moderate" delays due to a train now pushing up daisies at Malden.
There are similar delays on the Blue Line due to a deceased train at Government Center.