The T

By - 8/4/14 - 12:12 pm

Latest MBTA figures show a 4% increase in ridership in its latest fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

Increases approaching 8% on the Red, Blue and Orange Lines and commuter rail were balanced by a 5.5% decrease in Green Line ridership. But usage jumped 5.6%.

This past June, the T averaged 1.33 million rides on a weekday.

By - 8/3/14 - 7:32 pm

The Amateur Planner proposes a paved transit way with tracks for not just the B Line but the 57 and BU bus routes.

While we've never done this, other cities have, and it would have a whole host of advantages, including getting buses out of traffic (and bike lanes), stations better able to serve people with disabilities, even some additional parking spaces. Throw... Read more

By - 8/2/14 - 9:30 pm

Jimmy Doan posted this video of a guy unicycling on a moving Red Line train today.

Close shave on the Orange Line.... Read more

By - 8/2/14 - 12:19 pm

Wicked Local Needham reports the current state budget has funds to restore Saturday service on the commuter-rail line.

There is no start date set for the resumption of service, according to an MBTA spokesperson.

By - 8/1/14 - 9:22 pm

Around 8:30 p.m. Sgt. Luke Taxter at District D-4 reports no injuries.

Police are looking for two Hispanic males, one 5'8, 18-22, with a black T-shirt with some sort of design on it and carrying a backpack, the other about 5'10" in a black leather baseball cap and a black T-shirt, with a black and white sweatshirt slung over one shoulder.... Read more

By - 8/1/14 - 12:48 pm
Pressure cooker at Bradford station

Photo by MBTA.

Updated with info from the MBTA, including the fact the device was a sterilizer, not a pressure cooker.

The Bradford stop on the Haverhill Line was shut for two hours today as police investigated what turned out to be a sterilizing device just sitting there. A spokesman says:

There was no explosive device found. It was a sterilizer type device, not a pressure cooker, and

... Read more
By - 8/1/14 - 9:44 am

Shortly after 9 a.m., inbound Red Line service was halted so that EMTs could take a sick passenger off a train at Kendall. But service was delayed even before that due to another passenger who decided the best way to get help was to pull the emergency brake - while the train was still in the tunnel between Central and Kendall. A passenger on the... Read more

By - 8/1/14 - 8:54 am
Lines at Forest Hills on the Orange Line

Sebastian Zapata shows us the long lines at Forest Hills this morning as Orange Line riders try to add a month of value to their CharlieCards. It's not just that so many people do that as the fact that, as Kyle Geiste explains:

Weirdness on the MBTA machines at Forest Hills. Can't process credit cards. Long lines, employees tapping people through.

Naturally, this... Read more

By - 7/31/14 - 10:18 am

Some sort of electrical problem at Sullivan Square means the T is now busing Orange Line riders between Wellington and North Station.

By - 7/28/14 - 10:27 pm

WCVB reports, posts his mug shot. The Globe reports his journey to the other side of the booking room started when he allegedly assaulted a woman at a party.

By - 7/28/14 - 10:22 am
Paul MacMillan

Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan has told the MBTA he intends to retire. Although he has yet to set a specific date, the T is already advertising his position.

MacMillan is the first Transit Police chief to rise through the ranks of the force, which he joined as an officer in 1983.

In 1990, he became a sergeant; in 2004 a lieutenant and... Read more

By - 7/26/14 - 9:55 pm

Does anybody know when weekend service disruptions on the Red Line between North Quincy and JFK/UMass will end? It seems like it's been happening a lot this summer. Currently, the MBTA web site shows that buses will replace the trains for two weekends in August. Is this part of a larger project that will have a definite end date, or just business as usual for... Read more

By - 7/25/14 - 9:09 am

The Red Line and the Green Line (C in particular) have had better mornings, as have their riders.

And speaking of the Green Line, at 11, some folks will see if they can outrun the Green Line between BC and Blandford Street. Watch them live.

By - 7/24/14 - 6:21 pm

MassDOT and the City are designing a new Cambridge Street, but while we have waited for these plans to become a reality there have been multiple pedestrian and cyclist deaths on Cambridge Street in recent years.

As we plan for the future, the new street needs world-class design for mass transit and people walking, running, and biking. But safety measures can't wait!

People who walk,... Read more

By - 7/24/14 - 10:16 am

The MBTA today announced a contract with a new WiFi provider for commuter rail it says will mean more reliable free access to e-mail for riders - and the option to add full Internet service for $15 a month.

InMotion Wireless will build a $5.6 million WiFi network for trains that will also cover commuter ferries and South, North and Back Bay stations, at no... Read more

By - 7/21/14 - 11:02 am
Old escalators at an MBTA station

Some of you might remember when escalators on the T featured wooden slats that were death on heels. The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this station and when the photo was taken. See it larger.

By - 7/19/14 - 1:39 pm
Guy getting a shave on a moving train on the Orange Line

Rachel could only watch in amazement today as a guy got a shave on an Orange Line train. A moving Orange Line train. A moving Orange Line train well past its expiration date that relies on shock absorbers that could blow at any moment.... Read more

By - 7/18/14 - 9:25 am
Hollingsworth, wanted for Jamaica Plain shooting

Transit Police report they are looking for Justin Hollingsworth, 22, on charges he tried gunning another man down in front of the Stony Brook Orange Line station on July 7.

When caught, Hollingsworth will face charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and various gun-related charges.

If you know where he is, you can call detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an... Read more

By - 7/17/14 - 10:28 am
Beware his power, Green Line rider's might!

MBTAgifts has started selling Sesame Rings, which let you store your CharlieCard data on a ring, instead of on some boring old plastic card.

Last year, a group of MIT students launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them commercialize the rings.

THERE IS NO VALUE ON THE RING AS SOLD. Value must be added at a CharlieCard machine at an MBTA station.

... Read more