The T

By - 12/2/13 - 9:38 am

The MBTA said today we took 36.23 million trips on the system in October - the highest monthly number since the system was founded in 1964 out of the old MTA, and 3% higher than the World Series-less October, 2012.

Average daily ridership for October increased by 4.3% over the same month last year, and totaled 1.382 million passenger trips per weekday. As with the

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By - 12/2/13 - 7:54 am

"Moderate" delays due to a dead trolley at Park Street around 7:45 a.m. A few minutes later, Phil R. reported:

My Green Line train was just evacuated at Kenmore for no reason.

UPDATE, 8:12 a.m. Elizabeth Rioux tweets:

6 outbound trains stacked up at Copley behind a disabled train. It's like we reinvent the Monday commute every single week.

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By - 11/30/13 - 10:57 pm
Celebrating 105 years of the Washington Street tunnel

A.P. Blake captures authors Jeremy Fox (l) and Andrew Elder at Downtown Crossing today, celebrating the 105th anniversary of the Washington Street tunnel, which today forms the downtown core of the Orange Line (they're holding a copy of their new book about the Orange Line).

Compare the columns and supports behind them with this 1909 photo from the same station (then called Winter Street)... Read more

By - 11/30/13 - 11:39 am

Miles Taylor recounts his record-breaking trip with British traveler Adham Fisher. But not in the order they actually made the trip - no tips for would-be record breakers.

Green (B Branch): This was, in my opinion, the deal breaker for the trip. The B was bunching, first of all. There were two trains in a row, then shortly behind was another two trains. We

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By - 11/29/13 - 11:57 am

Smoky Tufts platform. Photo by BFD.

A fire in an electrical room just beyond the inbound platform at Tufts Medical Center brought the Orange Line to an abrupt end this morning.

The Boston Fire Department reports a 15,000-volt line began to smolder around 10:10 a.m. Firefighters had to bring in dry-powder extinguishers to put out the fire - and several "smoke ejectors" to clear the smoke out of the station.... Read more

By - 11/27/13 - 8:23 am

MikeHeXt tweets:

Ugh Disabled southbound Red Line train at Kendall causing northbound delays too. Here we sit.

By - 11/26/13 - 10:47 pm

Two people were held up around 10:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the commuter-rail stop off LaGrange Street, near Centre.

The suspect is described as a black male, 16-18, who showed a gun, got his victims' phones and wallets and then jumped into a waiting car. The car, a black Accord with tinted windows, was last seen heading outbound on Centre, towards Spring Street.... Read more

By - 11/26/13 - 9:33 am

Not at the same time, at least. The most recent: Westbound at Park Street.

By - 11/26/13 - 9:15 am

Some of the "pop up" performances on the T last week.

H/t Steve Annear.

By - 11/25/13 - 8:17 am

UPDATE: The T reports Fisher is hoping to make Ashmont the last subway stop on his trek, around 1:15 p.m., followed by a ride from there to Mattapan.

WBUR interviews Adham Fisher, who hopes to beat the 12-hour record set by some MIT students in June. Hopefully, he didn't start in Ashmont.... Read more

By - 11/25/13 - 7:25 am

Dead train reported at Ashmont at 7:13 a.m.

Also reported: Signal problems on the Reservoir Line and a wicked late train on the Franklin Line. " Free hot chocolate on board?" one commuter freezing at Walpole asks hopefully.

UPDATE: An Orange Line train froze to death at Sullivan Square around 7:40 a.m. An inbound train, of course. It was followed in quick succession by... Read more

By - 11/23/13 - 9:14 pm

Anson Stewart videoed the Red Line shuttle today.

By - 11/22/13 - 7:29 am

JFK/UMass. The alert went out around 5:50 a.m.

By - 11/21/13 - 11:54 am

Firefighters from several towns and NStar are on University Avenue near the Rte. 128 train station, working to shut down a leaky gas main. Train service through the station was halted; State Police shut the University Avenue ramp from 128.

By - 11/21/13 - 10:00 am

Transit Police report arresting Jeffrey Phillips, 29, on a charge of indecent assault and battery for an incident around 5:35 p.m. at the Maverick T stop.

Police say Phillips groped a woman getting on a bus at the station. Even as she reported the incident, Phillips continued boarding - police say officers found him in a seat on the bus.

He's scheduled for arraignment... Read more

By - 11/21/13 - 6:22 am

One of the first trains from Oak Grove this morning got to Malden said that's it, it's not going any further and refused to move.

By - 11/20/13 - 9:52 pm

Transit Police report arresting somebody too young to have his name released for the botched robbery attempt last week that ended with him being chased out of Charles/MGH by a group of fed-up commuters.

The teen was scheduled for an appearance in Boston Municipal Court's juvenile session on a charge of assault with intent to rob, police say.... Read more

By - 11/20/13 - 5:03 pm

South Station! Pat yourself on the back if that was your guess - unless you're actually trying to get somewhere northbound on the Red Line, in which case, never mind.

By - 11/18/13 - 8:38 am
Crowding at Ashmont

Blame signal problems at Ashmont for the slow pace of trains, which led to the sort of platform crowding Erica Mattison walked into at Ashmont around 8:20 a.m.

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