Not long after 6 p.m., the Red Line did what it does so well: Fail. Specifically, a train got to the Longfellow Bridge, looked down and grew so terrified it would fall in the river, or something, that it just died right there, as Devin Cole shows us:
The driver somehow managed to coax the...Read more
Apparently the Gov. wasn't kidding. Commuter rail has published the pending weekend service on the Fairmount (Purple/Indigo) Line for the first time ever.
Hyde Park to South Station locals have fought for this for years. I'll be on the first Saturday morning, Nov. 29th train and head to the Haymarket.
Basically, it's hourly service and in some ways better than the existing five-day sked....Read more
Boston Magazine interviews a British boffin who has drawn 13 different versions of the standard T map - with more to come.
Ed. note: The article shows several of his designs, which are cool, except they give equal weight to the commuter-rail lines, which seems a bit confusing given that it's really a separate system with its own fare system, but maybe I'm just...Read more
Even normally pessimistic Fitchburg Line commuters probably didn't expect this: By 7 p.m., the 5:30 train to Fitchburg train hadn't moved more than a few feet from North Station. As Billy Lazarro explains, passengers finally walked down the track to another train, which also then just sat there.Read more
A southbound Orange Line train turned blue and could not be revived, according to an MBTA alert that went out at 6:23 a.m.Read more
Green Line service turned into a complete oxymoron this morning when a trolley died. The T rolled in substitute buses between Kenmore and Park. At 11 a.m., Zach Tucker tweeted:
3 dark trolleys sitting at Copley IB, no MBTA CSA's anywhere to explain to clueless tourists.
UPDATE: At 1 p.m., the T announced resumption of normal service, but, naturally, with residual delays....Read more
Somerville Voices reports on a meeting at which MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said the T had to be prepared for the potential loss of money from increasing gas taxes in order to win federal funding for the plan to someday extend the Green Line into Somerville and Medford.
On Tuesday, voters repealed a plan under which gas taxes would increase every year at...Read more
Transit Police say Josue Gonzalez, 26, of Brockton, turned himself in at their Southampton Street headquarters around 9:30 p.m. yesterday - and that they have the woman's phone.
He is scheduled for arraignment on...Read more
Boston Magazine provides the blow by blow of an amazingly stupid debate on Twitter that erupted when somebody felt compelled to complain that the T should have said Red Line service had been halted "because of" that poor woman getting hit by a train at Downtown Crossing, rather than "due to" that poor woman getting hit by a train at Downtown Crossing, as...Read more
Happened around 9:50 p.m.
KidAtlantic reports he was on the train:
Calm and collected from MBTA personnel while evacuating the train at DC. Passengers shocked on platform to learn woman was struck.
Woman on platform upon exiting says she saw another woman standing on the yellow line as the train approached.
Power was shut so firefighters could extricate her body.
The T...Read more
Jed Hresko spotted some dogged determination on the Orange Line this evening, on a Forest Hills train just past State.Read more
MBTA officials today showed off the first of 60 diesel-hybrid buses that they say will save money on fuel - and give T police real-time surveillance of bus riders.
Around 11:30 a.m., T General Manager Beverly Scott arrived at Haymarket station, where the bus - which still had that new-bus smell - awaited her inspection. She glowingly looked at the new seats - some configured...Read more
Around 9 p.m., the driver of a Golden Temple delivery vehicle proved unable to gau around a trolley in Washington Square, Brookline. The two vehicles were still there 30 minutes later when Joe Ranft arrived on scene. Rachel Chernick reports:
Driver side bashed up but seems fine.
Naturally, the collision brought C Line service to a halt, but T inspectors used their noodles...Read more
An Allston man faces drunk-driving charges after police found him and his car on the tracks at North Station early this morning, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Matthias Grenon, 22, somehow got on the commuter-rail tracks near the train-repair facility in Somerville, then headed inbound on the tracks without slipping off until he pulled into the station around 2:20 a.m., the DA's office...Read more