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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.

By - 11/15/13 - 9:20 am
North Quincy MBTA station at sunset

Matt Laskowski was in the North Quincy Red Line station around 4 p.m. yesterday when the station became suffused in the golden glow of the setting sun. "The light was just incredible," he says.

By - 11/15/13 - 9:16 am

The man was holding the rabbit, Rachel Chapman reports.

By - 11/15/13 - 9:12 am

A train died at Oak Grove around 8:30 a.m.

By - 11/14/13 - 6:44 pm

At 5:54 p.m. at the Oak Island Road crossing in Revere, Transit Police report.

Chelsea Minton, on the train, reports:

Train hit guy who was talking on cell phone crossing tracks.

Service on the line stopped and then slowed in both directions as police investigate the incident.... Read more

By - 11/14/13 - 7:58 am

Green and Red: Trains are dead.

It just wouldn't be a morning without at least one dead train on each line, no?

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

Update: Arrest made.

A woman's screams from one end of the outbound Charles/MGH platform got the attention of other people waiting for the train shortly before 9:30 this morning - and some of them started running after the guy who'd just grabbed her purse. Sarah Connors reports:

{It was] on platform, pretty far from the exit. Lady started yelling, dude started weaving through

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By - 11/13/13 - 7:34 am

A dead train gave Orange Line commuters extra time to check e-mail or read the Metro cover to cover and back again. Around 7, Ford Inbody tweeted:

Overall from Sullivan Square to Back Bay took me 52 minutes. Normally around 20 in the morning.

That included waiting 20 miunutes at Sullivan just for a train to show up and 10 minutes just sitting at... Read more

By - 11/12/13 - 7:50 am

At 7:28 a.m., Mike Connor tweeted:

It's officially snowing in Boston. Snow is blowing into the red line car "standing by for a moment" at MGH.

A train died on the Red Line this morning, of course, this time at Alewife. Also, the T reports issues on the Red Line and some commuter lines with slippery rail, caused not by the snow but by... Read more

By - 11/11/13 - 2:56 pm

Service on the Ashmont line is halted this afternoon as Transit Police investigate how a woman in her 20s wound up under a train at Shawmut station around 1:25 p.m.

An MBTA spokesperson says the woman was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after she was hit by an inbound train. The T is busing passengers between Ashmont and JFK/UMass while the investigation continues.... Read more

By - 11/10/13 - 12:08 pm

The Globe reports on ongoing efforts by an "elite" group of rich people to bring the Olympics here in 2024. Of course, Boston doesn't need an 80,000-seat stadium, so the idea would be to design a stadium with segments that could be tossed away afterwards to leave Robert Kraft a 25,000-seat stadium for the New England Revolution. And the 15,000-person housing complex for athletes... Read more

By - 11/10/13 - 9:26 am
Bridge being replaced in Dorchester

MassDOT is replacing a Red Line bridge over Clayton Street in Dorchester this weekend. Workers began moving the bridge into place last evening, under a new program in which spans are built offsite and then hauled in, which cuts the time a bridge is shut from months or years to a weekend.... Read more

By - 11/8/13 - 3:41 pm

UPDATE: Another Red Line train died at Harvard around 5 p.m. Of course.

There's a dead trolley on the Riverside Line and an Orange Line train was emptied at Community College around 3:30 p.m.

Oh, by the way, the T is looking for riders to join a "customer opinion panel" to answer surveys every three months and get a chance to win a... Read more

By - 11/8/13 - 3:38 pm

The American Jewish Committee of Boston says the Muslim-hating group suing the T for the right to put up ads declaring Palestinians savages is doing more harm than good for the cause of Israel in the US. In a statement issued today, the group's leaders say:

Without speculating on the larger meaning intended by the proposed ad, one is left to wonder whether

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By - 11/8/13 - 2:29 pm

Douglas Bergeron, prosecutors say, just couldn't leave well enough alone.

When the Medford man got on a Route 117 bus with a companion on Oct. 13, he tried to pay for both both their fares with his CharlieCard, but it turned out his card didn't have enough stored value. Rather than kicking one of them off, the driver just waved them both on and told... Read more

By - 11/8/13 - 1:36 pm

NECN reports the 78-year-old woman whose car wound up wedged in the entrance to the Wollaston Red Line stop yesterday has died. Her cause of death was not released, but Transit Police said yesterday she apparently suffered some sort of medical problem before crashing into the station.... Read more

By - 11/8/13 - 10:18 am

The MBTA issued a tweet on this morning's massive Red Line delays:

We apologize for delays this AM but we'll soon be replacing 44-yr-old Red Line cars w/ new ones.

And by "soon," they mean the fall of 2019. At the earliest.... Read more

By - 11/8/13 - 6:50 am

Updated

At least two trains died on the Red Line this morning, one around 6:30 a.m. at Porter and another a little more than an hour later just outside Alewife.

It was the latter death that bollixed up the morning commute. At 8:19 a.m., Jessica tweeted:

Commuters have been waiting at N Quincy since 7:35am. When will there be room on the

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By - 11/7/13 - 3:17 pm

The Dorchester Reporter gets the scoop on plans to replace a Red Line bridge over Clayton Street in a single weekend, rather than the traditional weeks or months.

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