Riders aren't supposed to ride in the spaces between cars on commuter rail, but, eh, whadaya gonna do, right, Fitchburg Line riders? Finn, who was among those lucky riders around 7 a.m., reports a conductor's reassuring words:
If you're in there, make sure you hold on.
Delays on the Orange Line quickly escalated to "severe" after a train pushed up daisies near Wellington.
Blue Line riders had to put up with track issues.
Deadpool takes the T? Sure, why not? But why is he seeming to propose to a Transit cop (in this photo provided by Transit Police)? Just overcome by the spirit of new beginnings? Or is he begging for mercy? Your guess below.
Jiaan has long wondered about the big fat nothing indicated by the sign at the 66 bus stop on Harvard Avenue at Comm. Ave. in Allston: What does it mean?
UPDATE, 11:40 a.m. A Red Line train exhaled its last at Andrew and now the T reports "severe" delays.
Yes, it was return of the signal problems from hell on the Braintree branch this morning.
But don't feel so smug, Orange Line riders - one of your trains bought the farm near Sullivan Square, causing delays from there and Oak Grove.
Today's delays on the Newburyport/Rockport and Haverhill lines are brought to you with a Viagra-fueled drawbridge that just won't go down.
Just in time for rush hour, the T has shut the Blue Line, because something isn't right with the tunnel between State Street and Aquarium, as in a metal grate falling from the ceiling onto the tracks.
Buses are now running between Bowdoin and Maverick, after a fashion. Alex Martland reports:
This is going swimmingly. No signs, no one knows where to stand... Blue line gonna blue line.
The T is reporting "severe" delays on the B Line due to a "power problem" near Chestnut Hill Avenue. The buses are rolling between Babcock and BC.
The crash happened around 11:45 a.m. at St. Mary Street. No service between Kenmore and Coolidge Corner as a result.
A gun-toting suspect twice managed to elude police in Charlestown tonight - first by running away from a Boston Police officer near the Navy Yard, then by apparently walking through the Orange Line tunnel from Community College to North Station, where he got up on the platform and disappeared. Read more.
Don't worry, he's getting paid overtime. Lots and lots of overtime.
There were a few delays on the T this year. Here are some of them, set to rhyme.
Note: In collecting these headlines, I realized my meter really sucks. I should work on that in 2016, although even better would be if there were fewer opportunities for me to resort to rhyme. Also, this is far, far from a comprehensive listing of all the major delays on the T in 2015. I missed some (especially early in the morning), I didn't try to make light of delays caused by, say, people jumping in front of trains, and during the Winter of Our Discontent, my brain was just too cold to try to organize too many rhymes.
- Orange Line goes cryptbound at Haymarket, weary riders say fark it
- Train dies in Southie; riders too tired to get mouthy
- Riders who sat on broken train in the morning repeated the process, with no warning
- Train from Providence dead on the tracks; riders can fret or just relax
- A bit of smoke and a fight makes some people's commutes really bite
- Signal problems shift to Green from Red; enough to fill trolley riders with dread
- Red Line signal woes persist; riders wish they would desist
- Once again, Red Line service dismal; riders find that abysmal
- Braintree signals are still busted; riders grow more disgusted
- Braintree signals crater, riders' angst even greater
- Problems on Orange and Green; grumpy riders about to keen
- Monday morning on the T: Delays as far as the eye can see
- Train to Providence is wicked late, riders wail, bemoan their fate
- Trolley dies, more than one D rider sighs
- Amtrak signals go kablooie, South Station commuters go oh, phooey
- Trolley dies in tunnel, onto tracks riders funnel
- Train dies before entering Lynn; riders curse this horrible sin
Train of the damned in Lynn (Photo by Laura):
- Red Line gives up the ghost, riders' commutes now toast
- Red Line signals go on the fritz; riders agree that's the pits
- Red Line another hot mess, when it gets fixed is anyone's guess
- More Red Line woes, riders' angst just grows
- Red, Orange trains expire, leaving riders to perspire
- Red Line trains don't go; riders' lives full of woe
- Green Line trolley, it moveth not; Green Line riders, annoyed a lot
- Needham Line delayed by tree; riders' hearts not filled with glee
- Hell's bells: Red Line stopped due to coughing spells
- Another Green Line branch goes kablooie; riders, natch, go, oh, phooey
- Riverside Line has power woes; riders know that that blows
- Red Line switch in Braintree develops hitch; like riders needed a new reason to bitch
- Trolley's wheels slip off the tracks; riders want to give it 40 whacks
- Problems on Red and Green Lines at rush hour; riders' faces full of glower
- All the D trolleys are fine; it's the tree on the wires messing up the line
- Train dies at Kendall Square; riders don't find that very fair
- Switch on the Red Line goes kaput, for riders that means trouble is afoot
- No power for an hour leaves Orange Line riders dyspeptic and sour
Stacking 'em up during an Orange Line delay (Photo by Meredith Sandiford):
- Orange Line train passes expiration date; yep, riders gonna be late
- Trolley derails at Lechmere; riders probably too hot to jeer
- Green Line trolleys go to rest eternal; riders suffer commute infernal
- Green Line has track woes; riders utter their usual oh noes
Green Line track woes (Photo by Turlach MacDonagh):
- Track fire shuts Orange Line, things were anything but anodyne
- Train won't budge at Alewife; riders brace for extra strife
- Death grappled a trolley; riders gnash teeth at the folly
- Red Line tracks get all smoky; Red Line riders bemoan being so pokey
- Green Line to Riverside dead; Green Line riders see red
- Power issues at Bowdoin mean the Blue Line is like snowed in
- Medford loses power, which makes Orange Line riders sour
- Orange Line doors get stuck, riders go oh, well, you know
- Blue Line goes dark; riders run out of snark
- Orange Line train just died; riders, of course, fit to be tied
- Green Line trolley passes to other side; Green Line riders now fit to be tied
- Green Line wire down, causes riders to frown
- Commuter rail still showing cracks: Trains from Providence dead on the tracks
- Route 39 bus gets stuck, riders, drivers out of luck
- Red Line train dies, every rider sighs; commuter rail still a travail
- Orange Line train gives up on a whim; Orange Line riders are pretty grim
- Commuter rail delays mount; too numerous to count
- Red Line riders abandoned to their fate; man, are they going to be late
- Morning does not become the Red Line; Orange Line also isn't fine
- Trains meet their demise; riders utter sighs
- As Olympics get closer, Red Line service gets grosser
- Orange Line brake pad gets jammed; on platforms, riders get crammed
- Trains, tracks freeze, shivering riders can only go: Oh, jeez!
The MBTA has released a batch of photos showing the state of Govermment Center station as it approaches its spring, 2016 re-opening, still on schedule despite having to replace all the glass panes in the above-ground part of the station (if you click on the link, scroll down the page a bit for the photos).
Stairs and escalator take shape: Read more.
The Orange Line is a bit of a mess right now. Then again, it's Friday, and it's raining.
I like how they removed the phrase 'three year duration' and replaced it with "completion in December 2018". Technically the same information, but sounds like " we hope most people will gloss over it and not do the math".