Around 530 p.m., a motor vehicle got up close and personal with both a bus and an E-Line trolley. Extensive damage to the car; no injuries. The Green Line is now suspended between Brigham Circle and Heath Street; riders are supposed to hop on a 39 bus instead.
The MBTA is reporting delays on both the Red and Orange lines due to track problems on both lines near Downtown Crossing.
A couple days ago, the Globe reported how Keolis treats the Faimount Line like its spare-parts bin - pulling equipment off the line when other lines have problems. This morning, Samantha Sergeant reports:
now 754 Fairmount Readville is having engine issues after already 20mins late! WTF R WE PAYING U 4?!?!
UPDATE, 10:20 p.m. Red Line service was supposedly back to normal.
A touch of a trash fire on the Red Line tracks tonight. Quickly brought under control, but you know how that causes cascading delays up and down the line. Boston firefighters returned control of the tracks to the T around 8:50 p.m., but that brought no relief to riders because the train that may have caused the problem was stuck at Downtown Crossing. Instead, the T began corralling buses to shuttle riders between Park Street and JFK in both directions. Read more.
Alex Cook made this costume for his nephew for Halloween.
I asked him what he was going to be for Halloween and he said, "A train!" and then immediately specified with "A green line train!!!" My sister had to tell him he was just going to be a normal train since she didn't have time to make one and couldn't find a green line train costume to buy. So I started on my quest with a $1.50 moving box and some duct tape.
Via Boston Reddit.
On Oct. 21, 1996, after nearly a foot of rain, the Muddy River overflowed its banks and poured into the Riverside Line tunnel into the T stop.
Today, the T is stocked with sandbags, which workers pile in front of the portal whenever it looks like the normally sedate Muddy River might overflow again. And the current work along the Muddy River is aimed in large part at preventing another flood like that one.
Riders on the Newburyport/Rockport Line are getting fed up, actually.
Around 4:25 p.m., the T advised Red Line riders:
Delays due to Vice Presidential motorcade
More specifically, due to the motorcade passing by the junction at JFK/UMass (what, you thought we meant this junction?).
The Orange Line is shut due to something smoldering on the tracks between Downtown Crossing and Chinatown. The Chinatown station was evacuated due to the smoke.
The Herald reports.
Our own Jim Sullivan writes about a recent tour he and Mattapan Line driver Tim Murphy gave a Japanese reporter and some transit enthusiasts and wonders why the T doesn't promote the PCC ride as a tourist attraction:
The Mattapan-Ashmont line is a true tourist attraction. Drivers like Tim Murphy love to show it off. Why the T doesn’t better promote one of its true gems is the real puzzler.
Jonathan Levitt was up and at 'em on Commonwealth Avenue this morning.
We thought the 34E between Forest Hills and Walpole was a long route, but Jason Rabinowitz reports today that he saw a yellow-and-white bus with a destination sign of "Harvard" in Valley Stream, NY (it borders Queens - which also has a Forest Hills). So the T is testing out a really long new route, the driver got horribly lost, somebody stole a T bus and drove it 200+ miles or the T has sent buses down there for repairs.
The Globe reports.
At 1:35 p.m., the MBTA sent out this tweet:
Lowell Train 319 (1:15 pm outbound) is operating 15-25 minutes behind schedule between North Station and Lowell due to terminal congestion.
The Globe reports on seven derailments last year and five this year.