Around 9 p.m., the driver of a Golden Temple delivery vehicle proved unable to gau around a trolley in Washington Square, Brookline. The two vehicles were still there 30 minutes later when Joe Ranft arrived on scene. Rachel Chernick reports:
Driver side bashed up but seems fine.
Naturally, the collision brought C Line service to a halt, but T inspectors used their noodles... Read more
An Allston man faces drunk-driving charges after police found him and his car on the tracks at North Station early this morning, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Matthias Grenon, 22, somehow got on the commuter-rail tracks near the train-repair facility in Somerville, then headed inbound on the tracks without slipping off until he pulled into the station around 2:20 a.m., the DA's office... Read more
One of those dreaded "track issues" means no service at all between Arlington and Haymarket. Use the Orange Line, the T advises, and pray it doesn't die, too.
Jason Greeley reported at 8:20:
Broken rail at Boylston, no shuttle, stuck for half an hour in a tunnel.
UPDATE, 8:49 a.m.: And now the entire E line is dead and the T is advising that... Read more
Neal Doyle captured a new commuter-rail train chugging along the Grand Junction rail line in Cambridge towards the Charles today.
The T and Amtrak occasionally use the line, which crosses the Charles under the BU Bridge, to transfer trains from the north side of Boston to the south - it's the only north/south link inside 495. State officials hope to one day use... Read more
Updated with information from Transit Police.
Transit Police report a man pulled out from under a southbound Orange Line train at Haymarket this evening has died.
The man was conscious and talking to firefighters as they extricated him around 6:15 p.m. about 35 minutes after he was hit by the train. The man, white and apparently in his 40s, was rushed to Mass. General,... Read more
Transit Police have released photos of a guy they say unzipped and "intentionally exposed his genitalia to several passengers" on an outbound Orange Line train between Back Bay and Mass. Ave. around 8:20 p.m. yesterday.
The guy then exited the train at Mass. Ave., police say.
If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or text an anonymous tip to 873873.... Read more
Just ask anybody who tried getting to the medical area via South Huntington Avenue this morning, thanks to a 38 bus whose poor little heart just plum gave out just before Huntington around 7:20 or so, close enough to the trolley tracks to box in a trolley and so jam up the entire inbound side of the road back into JP.
Yes, a 38 -... Read more
Transit Police report arresting Robert Johnson, 49, of Jamaica Plain, in connection with a failed robbery attempt last night inside Back Bay station
According to police, his victim, a 62-year-old woman, had just gotten off a 39 bus around 11:25 p.m. when Johnson asked her for some money. When she declined, police say:
Johnson followed her into the station eventually standing in front of... Read more
The dreaded slippery rail struck again this morning.
On Thursday morning, a rider on the 93 bus handed driver Richard Cooper a wallet that was just sitting there - a wallet with $1,735 in it. Cooper, who has worked for the T for 28 years, gave the wallet to an inspector at Sullivan Square station, who handed it over to a supervisor at the Charlestown garage. The T reports:
On Friday, the wallet's... Read more
JB Parrett captured a mood in the rain at Haymarket yesterday.
MC Slim JB spotted Buzz on the 9 bus in South Boston this evening.
Just at the start of rush hour, a train just outside Malden Center proved worse off than a doorknob. The Malden Fire Department had to be called into to evacuate the packed train, which means the T had to shut off power in both directions between Malden and Wellington. Shuttle buses were bruited about.
The MBTA reports that starting this afternoon, it'll be feeding above-ground Green Line location data to the apps that let riders see when the next trolley is arriving - at least if they're standing on the surface.
The T says it will start sending out its own next-train predictions by December for above-ground trolleys - which will give un-tunnelled riders access to the sort of... Read more
State officials are leaning towards a company owned by the Chinese government to replace aging subway cars with new cars to be assembled in Springfield that will feature wider doors, the ability to carry 15 additional passengers, computerized and LED station announcements and a dramatic jump in reliability, although with the possible loss of fake wood-grain paneling.
Gov. Patrick and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey willl... Read more