By 10%, WCVB reports.
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".
Around 6:25 a.m. a train needed to be taken out back and shot at Andrew. Inbound, of course.
This time, an outbound Stoughton Line train met up with the ferryman between Forest Hills and Readville around 5:30 p.m. As JDB put it:
Stuck on broken down #mbta commuter rail looking at sign stating that #mbta is ready for winter.40 min delay this morning. #IRONY.
Train 806 from Providence crossed the River Styx just north of Sharon and now it sits there, forlorn and alone, its riders literally in the dark. Tristan, on the train, looks on the bright side:
At least easier to nap in the dark.
In other T news, inbound Red Line trains have "minor" delays due to a switch problem near Andrew; inbound Orange Line trains have similar delays due to signal problems at Ruggles.
An Alewife-bound Red Line train developed some electrical issues shortly after 6 p.m. and that meant smoke at Central Square, so the train was taken out of service.
Around the same time, some young women got into a bit of a fight on the outbound platform at Chinatown just as a train was pulling in. The train was halted so police could clear up the affray, but, of course, that halted all the trains behind it.
We only get one Big Dig, state declares: MassDOT and the board that now runs the T agreed today that they're not going to pay any more for the Green Line Extension than the state's already committed to, so if the project's costs can't be shrunk by a billion dollars or so, it's dead, unless "other sources" come up with the extra money, and by "other sources" they mean cities that really want the thing (both of them), landowners and developers that would benefit from being right on the proposed line.
T workers managed to dispose of the carcass of a trolley that died at Cleveland Circle earlier this morning, but now there are signal issues at Copley jamming up the works.
Reporters at WGBH perform songs about the Red Line.
Yes, it's another commute with signal problems at Braintee on the Red Line. However, all trains are operating with drivers.
WBZ reports the driver of the runaway train used a cord to tie down the speed-control lever to bypass the "dead-man's switch" feature before getting out of the train to flip the switch that would let the train travel through red signals - the ones that had been plaguing the Red Line in Braintree all week. Oops: He didn't set the train's brakes first.
WBUR reports Gov. Charlie Baker called the untended ride "an isolated incident" that resulted when "a single individual made multiple errors."
Kidlet got to school a bit early this morning and found this in the school library.
The T is warning of "moderate" delays on the Red Line to and from Braintree this afternoon, due to signal problems. Of course, Braintree has been having signal problems all week, including this morning, when a train left the station without the driver who had gotten out to deal with them.
State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack acknowledged this afternoon that the train's driver left the train to prep it to deal with signal problems that have plagued the Braintree branch of the Red Line all this week.
But at an afternoon press conference, Pollack added that "operator error" is the primary focus of an MBTA investigation into the incident - in which a train traveled from Braintree to North Quincy without a driver. Read more.
The T is investigating how a Red Line train managed to travel several miles from Braintree to the Neponset River without a driver at the controls.
Equipment tampering is one of the things investigators are looking at; trains aren't supposed to just move on their own volition, let alone travel several miles. The Herald reports the FBI is now on the case.
MassDOT reports: Read more.