The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that Stephen Trychon, let go from his MBTA job in 2013, is protected by the state whistleblower law and will get a chance to pursue his lawsuit alleging higher ups forced him out after he annoyed other, politically connected T officials and workers by exposing risky working conditions, possible contract fraud and dangerous track conditions that had gone unfixed for six years. Read more.
An MBTA bus broke down on Prospect Street in Central Square this morning. Daniel watched the crew that towed it away.
A 4:35 p.m. train to Framingham was delayed 35 to 45 minutes due to a "mechanical issue."
Won't it be grand when the T finally gets those new Red Line trains that shouldn't break as much? Maybe in our lifetimes?
Rumor has it Adele is going to do an impromptu concert there. Transit Police say the rumor is false:
Adele is NOT showing up to Quincy T station. She is playing at TD Garden only.
Delays into Boston still just "minor," the MBTA says.
Workers have dragged a dead Red Line train out of Porter Square, but the line is still experiencing "moderate" delays as a result, the T says.
Jon Landis got a close-up look at the tree that halted service on the 71 trackless trolley outbound at Belmont Street around 8:20 this morning.
A train is so dead between Braintree and Quincy Adams that the T is now running shuttle buses. On the Green Line, meanwhile, an E trolley has expired at Government Center.
UPDATE: Trains began running again around 9:20, but with the ever popular residual delays.
Tim Lawrence is among the people who showed up at Maverick Square this morning figuring they'd get downtown pretty quickly. But that was before the Blue Line developed what the T calls "a power problem" and now there are the dreaded "severe" delays. Read more.
Ari Ofsevit takes a look at the state's shelved plans to extend the Blue Line 1,300 feet to Charles/MGH and explains how the state screwed up all the cost estimates by proposing ridiculous construction techniques just because they don't feel like building the thing.
Updated, 12:25 p.m.
He was hit around 12:15 a.m. The tracks run along the BU campus.
His death is under investigation, but foul play is not suspected, police say.
This MBTA video from Milton shows a Mattapan Line driver tying up a leashed dog that had followed a passenger to the station so it wouldn't get hurt - and the owner showing up to find the dog just as the trolley pulls away. Around 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
MBTA officials say a deep look at their invoices - enough of them to fill a Red Line train waist high in paper - has identified a number of ways the perpetually cash-strapped system can save some money.
Among the savings announced today: $650,000 over two years by canceling service on 553 phones nobody was using, reducing the authority's overall monthly minutes and eliminating global calling, caller name ID and other services. Read more.