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By - 2/18/15 - 9:11 am
Snowed in Green Line in Allston

The Green Line at Harvard Avenue this morning. Photo by Colin Moore.

State Sen. Will Brownsberger, who represents Allston/Brighton, reports he contacted MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott yesterday afternoon about the fact that the Green Line continues not to run down Comm. Ave. On an Allston/Brighton mailing list, he posts Scott's reply:

Promise you we are working very hard on overall Recovery Plan - this is a complicated section for us - but definitely not forgotten. It will be some time next week but cannot say yet with certainty. Will have a realistic goal [by end of Wednesday].

By - 2/18/15 - 8:51 am
Aggravation on the Blue Line

Aggro Maverick: No train for 20 minutes. Photo by Tim Lawrence.

But the B Line? Amanda McNeil reports:

Direct quote from 57 driver "All the buses leaving Watertown are full. Y'all better just start walking"

An Orange Line tried withered on the vine at Tufts.

Three inbound Red Line trains passed through Central after 8:30 a.m. and nobody could get on any of them.

By - 2/17/15 - 10:59 pm

Mike Sanders watched a plow-equipped trolley move through Coolidge Corner tonight.

By - 2/17/15 - 9:51 pm

There needs to be a better system in place for getting people on shuttles buses @ JFK. Pure chaos tonight. Buses showing up and stopping in random spots. People charge for them like animals. There was one night last week wjphen they had a line which was more smoother. I had to wait(6 shuttles come and go) So aggravating Especially when you are trying to catch a bus @ Qui Ctr

By - 2/17/15 - 8:43 pm
Man with backpack on his head on the Orange Line

Brian D'Amico captured Scott Nichols of Winthrop doing the unthinkable this afternoon: Holding his backpack above his head to create more space in an Orange Line car.

The photo was part of his chronicle of riding the T today.

Copyright Brian D'Amico. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 2/17/15 - 8:34 pm

MB(ecket)TA is a site that twins Beckett quotes with Boston winter photos.

By - 2/17/15 - 7:17 pm

Joe Curtatone, in Commonwealth Magazine, points out to the rest of Massachusetts that the Massachusetts economy depends almost entirely on the areas served by the T, and that the private sector isn't going to grow more jobs if we don't have a dependable way to get folks to work.

Joe's is my favorite of 5 takes on the T currently featured on the site.

By - 2/17/15 - 6:59 pm
Waiting for a shuttle bus at Sullivan Square

Endless wait for a shuttle bus tonight at Sullivan Square. Photo by SCBG.

And aren't you a lucky one?

Delayed or canceled trains. Hordes of people. Gridlock on the streets. You know: The usual.

By - 2/17/15 - 4:43 pm
Smoking Green Line trolley at Brookline Village

It's not usually a good sign when smoke starts pouring out of a trolley, as Emily shows us around 4:40 p.m.

She reports the train was evacuated. Brookline FD showed up and took care of whatever was causing the smoke and the T made preparations to have the train towed away (and shot?) so that service could resume.

Not long after, passengers had to get off an inbound Orange Line train at Mass. Ave. due to brake issues.

By - 2/17/15 - 3:51 pm

But it was a small fire, around 2:40 p.m., and the Boston Fire Department made quick work of it, and the Orange Line is back to running in the current fashion, so hardly worth mentioning.

By - 2/17/15 - 3:27 pm

The T just announced it's restored service between JFK/UMass and Ashmont. Braintree? That's another story.

By - 2/17/15 - 8:36 am
Massive line for shuttle buses at Malden Center

See all those people? They're waiting for an Orange Line shuttle bus at Malden Center. "Shuttle bus line is MASSIVE!" Rich reports.

On the more frostbitten segments of the T today, riders slowly shuffled through long lines for shuttle buses. The luckier ones boarded one of the growing number of big charter buses the T has hired, such as these buses that Marta spotted at JFK/UMass for the ride to Quincy and Braintree:

By - 2/17/15 - 7:25 am

The Orange Line is running between Sullivan and Forest Hills this morning. It's still limited bus service between Sullivan and Oak Grove, though.

Same basic idea on the southern end of the Red Line: It's buses all the way down past JFK/UMass.

By - 2/16/15 - 5:03 pm

UPDATE: MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said this afternoon the authority will seek federal disaster aid and that it could be 30 days - yes, 30 - before the T is fully operational again, but only if we don't have another blizzard.

By - 2/16/15 - 12:32 pm
Workers clearing ice and snow on the Red Line in Quincy

The MBTA provided this photo of workers clearing ice and snow on Red Line tracks near Water Street in Quincy this morning.

By - 2/16/15 - 12:25 pm

Prison inmates are working on the line today as well.

By - 2/16/15 - 9:25 am

Let me get this straight. So T Red Line service has resumed today, but only between Andrew and Alewife.. MBTA Alert states there is no Red Line service between Andrew and Braintree/Ashmont. No word of shuttle busses. Explain to me how this is acceptable. I need to work in Boston and live on the South Shore. The MBTA takes $ out of mtu check each month for me to utilize the train and subway. So I deserve to have service just like everyone between Alewife and Andrew. I feel if you can't run whole line then don't do this! I know I'm not alone on this one.

By - 2/15/15 - 8:52 pm

Updated: Not just anybody can show up to shovel out the Red Line.

The MBTA is working with local unions to get lots of people working to shovel out the Braintree branch of the Red Line tomorrow.

The T contact the Boston Building Trades and the SEIU, who in turn asked members with shovels to show up tomorrow at the Bayside Expo Center for a 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift digging out the tracks, which have not been used to carry passengers since the last storm.

They'll be paid $30 an hour.

A T spokesman says the move is part of "an all out snow removal offensive on the Braintree branch tomorrow."

By - 2/15/15 - 7:39 pm
Snow trolley

Photo by MBTA.

A Green Line trolley at Park Street around 7:15 p.m. after a day of plowing snow on the tracks.

By - 2/15/15 - 6:19 pm
MBTA workers on the Green Line in the snow

MBTA workers trying to clear Green Line tracks. Photo by MBTA.

The MBTA reports it "will operate services on the Blue, Green, Orange and Red Lines at underground stations, although the Blue Line will operate to Airport Station" on Monday,.

Commuter rail will try to run on a Saturday schedule, buses will do the same, but some routes won't run at all. The Silver Line will operate on a weekday schedule.

More details at the T's winter page.

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