Just too expensive, WBUR reports.
This just in from Keolis:
Keolis Commuter Services, which operates the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail system, finished out the month of October with an unadjusted on-time weekday performance rate of 90.44 percent, the best performance for that month in nearly a decade.
A significant number of delays for the month were caused by trains that had to be operated at lower speeds for safety reasons because of slippery rail conditions. When adjusted for slippery rail and other conditions or incidents not under the control of Keolis, on-time performance was 94.44 percent.
The Herald reports comments by Frank DiPaola about that $80+ million in spending on new third rails, switch heaters and the like. Plus, they've got prisoners standing by to shovel out major snowfalls.
The Herald story is running on a morning when a train died on the Red Line, a trolley stopped functioning on the Mattapan Line and signal problems caused delays on the Blue Line.
Ari Ofsevit analyzes the new train times:
A consultant and a computer model were used for these schedules, but common sense seems to have been left by the wayside.
The most blatant example of this is the timing of the schedules: there are no trains - on any line - arriving at North Station between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m., and none which depart North Station between 6:30 and 7:25 p.m. So for anyone who works a 10 to 6 shift is completely hosed. This needs to be fixed. If no one rode these trains, I could see the logic. But people do.
Or maybe somebody just had to purge their purse right this second and couldn't wait until after she got off the Orange Line this afternoon. Whatever the reason, Sarah Noe says she wouldn't touch that toothbrush.
Tl;dr: Blame the dreaded wheel slip and compressor fault failure for a cascading series of delays on the Franklin Line yesterday morning.
What the T describes as "minor" delays inbound on the D Line has turned into a 20-25-minute wait, Suzannishly reports.
Red Line riders say they appreciated the driver on their train who provided them with a unique way to remember the Paris victims today. As Anulfo Baez reports:
Really moved by this MBTA conductor welcoming people/announcing stops in French. "In honor of our friends...."
A T spokesman says:
The MBTA is very proud of Motor Person Michael Tsoukalas, who has been with the T for 20 years. A dedicated employee such as Michael represents all that is good about public service.
The MBTA has released what it says are the actual votes by people who care about the paint schemes for new cars on the Red and Orange Lines, and this time, they say, people voted for the same basic scheme for both, just in different colors, for the cars, which could be in service in a few years. Read more.
Peter Gelzinis reports how a BPD officer thanking the man on the bus at Columbia Road and Stoughton Street for his service put him at ease and let police disarm him.
UPDATE: The Globe reports it's Florida all over again: The T has put the vote into abeyance until it can examine apparent voting irregularities.
Well, actually three winners. The MBTA has selected the final paint schemes for the new Green, Orange, and Red Line cars:
About 50 Northeastern students protesting in support of higher wages for both adjunct professors and people who make the minimum wage blocked the E Line at Forsyth Street for several speeches and chants this afternoon. Read more.
to run the E line, they seem to have the darndest trouble. The latest issue, as per this T alert:
Green Line E branch service suspended between Prudential and Heath Street in both directions due to demonstrators blocking the tracks. Use Route 39 for service between Prudential and Heath Street.
As a point of comparison, MassDOT didn't detour traffic off of I-93 at exits when the Somerville 17 blocked it. They let the police move the protesters off the highway instead. Too bad the MBTA apparently doesn't have the common sense to do similar here.
Some T riders read, some snooze and some stitch. Lovekoan shows us the dish cloth she's working on as she rides the Green Line and wonders what other T stitchers are working on.
UPDATE: Some lines not affected by the signal problems are late because of the dreaded slippery rail.
The T is reporting delays on trains from the south due to Amtrak signal problems. And trains that would normally stop at Ruggles just aren't.
Also, trains decided it was Judgment Day on the Green and Red Lines and so gave up the ghost.