The T

By - 10/29/15 - 6:41 pm
Make the 7 great again

Felicity TC spotted this amended Linehan sign on Summer Street in South Boston today.

By - 10/29/15 - 11:05 am
Messed up Green Line trolley

Harry Wong noticed today that somebody spent a fair amount of time decorating a Green Line trolley at the Cleveland Circle yard with a large representation of a classic English word.

Alas for Tagger Dude, that's an un-rebuilt old trolley, so it's not going anywhere, except to get fixed and repaired (the Globe reports it's not one of the trolleys heading to upstate New York for a major overhaul). Also, when it comes to taggers, T cops go into Mountie mode.

By - 10/28/15 - 10:00 am

Pedestrian plaza proposed for Harvard/Comm intersection

The City of Boston Public Works Department last night presented new plans for the reconstruction of Commonwealth Avenue between Brighton Avenue (Packards Corner) and Warren/Kelton Streets.

To create space for wider sidewalks and dedicated space for people biking, it was proposed that left-side angled parking be removed from the carriage road and any remaining angled parking be reconfigured to parallel parking along the curb. Read more.

By - 10/27/15 - 12:44 pm
Costumes found in Government Center MBTA station

The MBTA reports workers busy upgrading the Blue Line platform at Government Center recently: Read more.

By - 10/22/15 - 10:43 pm
Boeing-Vertol image

From the flier.

In the early 1970s, the MBTA launched an ambitious effort to upgrade the Riverside Line that included reconstructing the tracks and the purchase of 150 new trolleys from Boeing Vertol. Jed Hresko found a flier from those halcyon days that included a description of the new cars:

Features of the Light Rail Vehicles include: Improved riding comfort with air-conditioning in Summer and reliable heat in Winter, fluorescent lighting, and tinted windows; greater speeds; smooth starting and stopping; a public address system and two-way radios, and reduced noise and vibration.

By - 10/21/15 - 10:01 pm

Shortly after 9 p.m. Scott Eisen reports she was alive when firefighters got her out from under the train to hand over to EMS for stabilization and transportation to a local hospital.

The T swapped in buses between North Station and Oak Grove and told riders to take the Green Line for downtown points.

By - 10/21/15 - 5:28 pm

Because a gas leak at the Cabot rail yard south of South Station means delays on trains out of the station. People heading to points south of Braintree are now being told to take the Red Line there and then transfer to a train.

By - 10/21/15 - 9:58 am

Peggy McClellan captured an interesting performance at the Harvard Square T stop yesterday.

By - 10/20/15 - 9:51 pm

An 18-year-old was arraigned today on charges he opened fire on a group of teens after an argument on a bus entering Forest Hills station Friday morning. Read more.

By - 10/20/15 - 6:10 pm
Wanted for in-train self love on the Orange Line

Transit Police report they are looking for a 40-ish man they say serviced himself in full view of other passengers on an Orange Line train hurtling through Roxbury and Jamaica Plain around 1:25 p.m. on Oct. 14.

He got off at Forest Hills and walked towards the upper busway, police say.

If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous tip to 873873.

By - 10/20/15 - 12:41 pm
Proposed Orange Line paint scheme

Benday dots for the Orange Line?

State transportation officials have three proposed exterior paint schemes for the new Orange, Red and Green Line trains that could begin rolling out in a few years and want the public to help them pick among them.

The first of 24 new Green Line trolleys are scheduled for 2017 delivery, while some of the 152 new Orange Line cars should begin rolling out the next year, followed by some of the 132 new Red Line trains in late 2019.

By - 10/19/15 - 8:55 am
Aboard a doomed MBTA commuter-rail train

If the morning cold snap was a test of the newfound resiliency on commuter rail, well, some riders wish to have a word with the T. Laura was among those stuck on a Norwegian Blue of a Newburyport/Rockport train in Swampscott this morning.

Boston Obvious was among those who spent more than an hour in Lynn waiting for a train (not sure if the same train as Laura was on). Read more.

By - 10/16/15 - 9:37 pm

Transit Police report a man on the Old Colony tracks just south of Wollaston station was stuck and killed by a train around 8:30 p.m. Read more.

By - 10/16/15 - 2:30 pm
Stuck truck at Medford railroad crossing

The driver of a tractor-trailer had some trouble making the turn onto High Street at the West Medford stop on the Lowell Line this morning, taking out the crossing gates and becoming an instant obstacle to rush-hour trains, as Colleen Mirabello shows us.

Ken Krause has photos of the quick work to remove the truck, the now ruined crossing gates and a light pole the truck also took out, and posted video showing some of the aftermath of having a crossing in the middle of a city with no crossing gates: Read more.

By - 10/15/15 - 2:18 pm

It's that other most wonderful time of the year - Slippery Rail Season.

Got this e-mail from Keolis:

Fall 2015- Slippery Rail Season

Read more.

By - 10/15/15 - 9:20 am

Ari Ofsevit makes the case that adding electric wires and buying electric-powered cars would make a lot more sense on the only in-city commuter-rail line than the individual diesel cars the T proposed buying until the governor put the kibosh on them: Electrification would be cheaper in the long run and the trains would get to and from downtown faster.

By - 10/14/15 - 11:35 am

State officials recently gathered to celebrate the spring, 2016 start of "bullet train" service that will get some Worcester commuters into Back Bay in an hour - which is still a couple minutes slower than the Beeliner service introduced by the Boston and Albany on May 1, 1950 (using Buddliners, no less).

H/t Ari Ofsevit.

By - 10/14/15 - 8:23 am

A Red Line train bought the ranch at Quincy Adams and now Braintee riders are facing "moderate" delays.