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By - 9/25/14 - 11:29 am
Renderings of an Allston Esplanade and new development at Beacon Yards

Renderings from the Boston Society of Architects Beacon Yards Urban Design Workshop

Last week, two teams organized by the Boston Society of Architects proposed that the $260M reconstruction of the Mass Pike in Allston should include a great new public place and civic amenity along the Charles River.

Monday is the deadline to send comments on this project to [email protected]

Images from the BSA presentations and a sample comment letter to MassDOT are online at... Read more

By - 9/24/14 - 6:02 pm
Red Line train offloaded at Park Street

Outbound Red Line train offloaded at Park. Photo by Chuck Giroux.

So there's a defunct train at Charles/MGH. Or maybe it's the train that was offloaded at Kendall. Whatevs, the Red Line is a hot rush-hour mess this evening.

UPDATE: By 6:12, trains were slowly running again, but the problem was they were running so full that people on platforms couldn't get in, given that we don't have any of those Tokyo pushers around here, as... Read more

By - 9/24/14 - 5:47 pm

issues the T alerts appears to be directionally challenged

Green Line D branch: Service currently terminating at Park Street Station. For eastbound (emphasis added) D branch service, please board at Park Street.

Last updated: Sep 23 2014 02:05 PM

And I won't even comment on management's ongoing policy of "oh, we've decided it's suddenly inconvenient for us to run D service all the way... Read more

By - 9/22/14 - 8:33 am

Happened around 8 a.m. on an inbound Rockport train, according to Bill Kyrouz and Lisse, who were on the train.

Lisse reports the woman tried boarding the train as it was pulling out of the station. Fortunately, she says, a "quick thinking conductor" applied the emergency brake and the woman appeared to suffer only a cut head.

The woman was transported to Beverly... Read more

By - 9/19/14 - 8:47 pm
At accident in Davis Square, Somerville

Transit Police report on an incident around 6:35 p.m.:

A Route 94 bus from Davis Sq. heading to Medford Sq. was on College Avenue just outside the station when, a preliminary investigation suggests, a male walked into the side of the bus sustaining serious injuries. The male has been transported to a local area hospital for emergency treatment.

Davis Square was essentially shut down... Read more

By - 9/19/14 - 9:06 am
Scooter on the Orange Line

Kate Sosin reports the dude and his ride were already on the inbound Orange Line train last night when she boarded at North Station. He got off at Downtown Crossing. See it larger.

By - 9/18/14 - 11:55 am
Mustache man in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo - and figure out what happens when he pulls the rope. See it larger.

By - 9/18/14 - 9:37 am

What will happen here after spending $250 million of our money?

Tonight at 6:30 at the Jackson Mann Community Center, learn how MassDOT plans to spend 250 million public dollars to rebuild the Mass Pike in Allston.

At 4:30, learn how the Boston Society of Architects thinks this project should start the transformation of one of the last major piece of developable land in Boston.

Both meetings will be at the Jackson Mann Community Center, 500... Read more

By - 9/18/14 - 9:13 am

Keolis, which now runs the local commuter-rail trains, shows some of the work involved in its current program to deep-clean every passenger coach - a process that's taking a three-person crew 24 hours for the average car.

By - 9/17/14 - 5:36 pm
Riders waiting for the Red Line at Park Street in Boston

The faces say it all. Aubrey Bracco captures the mood at Park.

Who knows why the Red Line lurched to a halt and wheezed its last this afternoon? At some point, it just ceased to matter. Riders crammed into stations waiting for trains that wheezed into stations so crammed the crammed riders on the platform could not cram into the crammed trains, which then slowly, ever so slowly crammedly made their way to the next crammed station,... Read more

By - 9/17/14 - 2:29 pm

The state Department of Transportation today approved a $33-million contract with McCourt Construction Co. to start extending the Silver Line from the Airport T stop to Chelsea. Much of the route will be in a busway built along the former Grand Junction railroad:

State officials expect the initial route, from the airport to Eastern Avenue in Chelsea, to be completed in two years.

In the

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By - 9/16/14 - 4:20 pm

This guy's got it going on. All he's missing is a little chianti.

By - 9/15/14 - 11:00 am
Old orange trolleys in Boston

Yes, it's orange-trolley day here on UHub. The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 9/15/14 - 10:12 am

Tim Murphy gives us a look at Packards Corner in the 1940s, when you could still take a trolley from downtown to Watertown Square, back in pre-MBTA days.

Imagine how bad this area would be today if there were still no traffic lights?!

By - 9/15/14 - 9:53 am
MBTA bus on roadeo course

Photo by MBTA.

Tyrell Sullivan, who drives a Route 73 bus between Harvard and Waverly squares, won the MBTA's annual bus "roadeo" on Sunday in Charlestown.

It's the second time that Sullivan, 29, of South Boston, has bested other T drivers through a course of cones and barrels. Sullivan, shown below, has driven a T bus for almost nine years.

By - 9/13/14 - 3:11 pm

Erica Mattison saw this singer at Downtown Crossing today, thought he was wonderful, wonders if anybody knows who he is.

By - 9/12/14 - 6:17 pm

Federal, state and city officials gathered at Ruggles station this afternoon to announce a $20-mllion federal grant to build a second commuter rail platform at Ruggles - and fix the crumbling part of the existing platform.

Officials said the project will increase capacity in Ruggles just as Northeastern and other nearby landowners even further develop the area, bringing new jobs - and increased demand on... Read more

By - 9/12/14 - 10:15 am
Train stopped due to gum spitting at Davis Square Red Line station

UPDATED with info from MBTA.

Don't use your phone right on the yellow line, because you might drop it and then the driver of the train will stop his train so your phone can be retrieved before it is crushed into a gazillion pieces.

Tim Devin captured the action around 8 a.m. today at Davis Square, where a T spokesman says:

A customer dropped

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