The T

By - 3/30/16 - 10:26 am
New insided of Back Bay station

In addition to showing the new towers it wants to build above Back Bay station, Boston Properties' BRA filing also shows several renderings of what a revamped station would look like.

They show a station that retains the unique wooden arches that hold up the roof. Gone, at least from the rendering, though, is the haze that now often fills the station, in particular, the Amtrak/commuter-rail ticket and waiting area - Boston Properties is promising a fix to the station's diesel-smog problem. Read more.

By - 3/28/16 - 8:57 pm

The Globe reports the T is looking at replacing the current fare machines on buses and trolleys with new devices that would only accept payments by phone, credit card or CharlieCard.

A T board member said that in addition to speeding up boarding, the new system would satisfy what she claims is public demand to be charged based on distance or time of day. Ed. question: Any of you T riders clamoring to be charged more for riding at rush hour or from Forest Hills to Braintree?

By - 3/28/16 - 1:20 pm

Are you an advocate for Public Transit? If so, this may interest you. National Conference in Boston, open to interested parties.

By - 3/28/16 - 7:46 am

The T's started posting daily reliability stats, broken down by buses, commuter rail and subway. If you click on the large plus sign for each, you'll get more detailed breakdowns by line (and looks like the T's finally acknowledged the Silver Line is a bus, because that's where you'll find its data).

By - 3/24/16 - 6:10 pm
Workers trying to fix door on a Red Line train in Boston

Adam Castiglioni watched T workers struggle with a door on a train at Park Street around 5:30 p.m., just in time to give commuters who suffered through the morning's delays another chance to ponder their fate in life.

By - 3/24/16 - 12:52 pm
Smouldering switch on Green Line tracks along Commonwealth Avenue

Around 12:40 p.m., debris sitting atop a switch on the inbound Green Line tracks just before Blandford started to smoulder and then just plain out began burning. From inside an inbound trolley, Lucas Neves watched a T inspector try to deal with the situation before Boston firefighters arrived to douse the hot mess.

By - 3/24/16 - 10:27 am
Weird North Station walkway

Blocked section of North Station walkway

Encountered this earlier this morning. WTF, given that the "roof" doesn't connect to anything.

This is getting more and more bizarre.

By - 3/24/16 - 8:42 am

Ari Ofsevit introduces us to several bus routes that run only very early in the morning and which aren't really readily identifiable on schedules or anything, unless you look really, really hard.

By - 3/24/16 - 7:46 am
Red Line at Park Street: Where's the train?

The Red Line switches to turtle time. Photo by Mike Slafsky.

It's severe-delay time on both sides of the Red Line as a switch at Alewife has forgotten the one job it has.

Rose pleads:

HELP send coffee & bagels to Harvard @MBTA!

By - 3/23/16 - 3:55 pm

North Station covered walkway in pieces

Looks like the covered walkway at North Station is already being dismantled.

By - 3/22/16 - 6:39 pm

An Orange Line train at Downtown Crossing got on the ferry across the River Styx, which the T says is now causing "moderate" delays.

Also, Lowell Line trains were experiencing even worse, thanks to a truck that took out a gate in West Medford.

By - 3/22/16 - 2:37 pm

A North Attleboro man was ordered held on $25,000 bail yesterday on gun charges affter an incident on an MBTA shuttle bus after the St. Patrick's Day parade, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 3/21/16 - 12:55 pm
Gov. Baker at new Government Center T stop

Gov. Baker welcomed the first riders into the new Government Center station today - people in wheelchairs, who can access the T at the station for the first time ever, at a formal opening ceremony.

Replacing the old bunker with an airier, handicap accessible station took two years and cost $88 million.

Concrete Plaza shows us people wanted to get a look:

By - 3/20/16 - 6:39 pm
Waldo being escorted out of South Station

And then they escorted him out of South Station for being disorderly.

By - 3/20/16 - 11:54 am

The T is running new announcements on the Green Line, at least at above-ground stops: "Pay your fare! It's only fair!"

As Boston Dog kvetches:

Oh my God. The "Pay your Fare!" announcements on the Green Line got obnoxious after three stops.

Pict Liberation Army adds:

Particularly when its playing over drivers flagging people past farebox.

By - 3/19/16 - 12:41 pm

UPDATE: The T announced the resumption of service at 4:50 p.m.

An inbound D train derailed between Hynes and Copley Square. Brian Campbell reports a friend called to say she's now covered in soot after something began burning and passengers had to walk through the tunnel to Copley:

She was on an inbound train and evacuated in the tunnel between Hynes and Copley, they exited at Copley.

The T is now running buses instead of trolleys between Park Street and Kenmore Square.

By - 3/19/16 - 12:04 pm
Empty bottles at Davis station on the Red Line

Andrew Ferreira came upon this scene at Davis Square, the morning after the last late-night subway trains ran.