The T

By - 4/26/16 - 5:33 pm

A stone-cold trolley at Park Street means "moderate" delays on the Green Line, the T says.

By - 4/26/16 - 7:34 am

The Herald reports Keolis estimates the T loses $35 million a year in unpaid commuter-rail fares and wants to spend $10 million on new gates at North, South and Back Bay stations. No word on how much is lost on overcrowded trains that conductors can't get through to check tickets.

The T itself, meanwhile, wants to hire private contractors to make sure people don't sneak on the back of Green Line trolleys.

By - 4/25/16 - 5:10 pm
Jorge Diaz-Vasquez

Transit Police charge that Jorge Diaz-Vazquez reacted to being asked to pay his fare on a bus at Warren and Moreland in Roxbury around 6:45 last night by stepping off the bus and then spitting on the driver. Read more.

By - 4/24/16 - 10:32 pm

The T managed to get the carcass of the Orange Line train removed somehow, but even the residual delays are still "moderate." As Adam Cyr, who got stuck in the maelstrom, reports:

45 minutes stuck at DTX because they can't figure out how to push a train out of the way from Chinatown.

By - 4/24/16 - 8:24 pm

The Riverside Line has degraded to "moderate" delays due to a trolley mistaking its tracks for the River Styx.

By - 4/21/16 - 11:48 pm
Blackout at Back Bay station on the Orange Line

The lights went out at Tufts and Back Bay on the Orange Line this rush hour, slowing trains as riders stumbled in the dark. At least, as Joe Growhowski shows us, Back Bay had some natural light coming in from one end.

By - 4/21/16 - 4:46 pm

Possible good news for fans of old trolleys: The Dorchester Reporter reports MassDOT has included $9 million in a five-year capital plan for rehabbing the Mattapan High-Speed Line's PCC trolleys, rather than replacing them with buses or something.

By - 4/17/16 - 6:48 pm

The T and Keolis are not very happy with Amtrak today. In an "important" statement on the signal woes that knocked out or slowed service into and out of South Station (including Amtrak's), the local rail operators write: Read more.

By - 4/17/16 - 9:09 am

UPDATE: Amtrak got the signals working again around 2 p.m.

Around 8:45 a.m., the T announced: "Due to a signal problem, South Side trains cannot arrive to/depart from South Station." Again.

The T blamed Amtrak for the problems. Again.

By - 4/15/16 - 12:05 pm

Frank Oglesby Jr. (you know, the "The next Red Line train to Ashmont is now approaching" guy) narrates this brief tour of the T's Operations Control Center on High Street.

By - 4/14/16 - 3:07 pm
Students march for adjunct professors at BU

Kanye Wes shows us a Commonwealth Avenue shut down by Boston University students supporting a bid by adjunct professors for higher pay, better working conditions.

By - 4/14/16 - 10:01 am

Josh Wardell watched in amazement this morning as the warning lights came on where the train tracks cross Main Street in Cambridge and drivers said "screw that" and just kept on going.

By - 4/12/16 - 6:03 pm
Beyaztas

Transit Police report the arrest of Mehmet Beyaztas, 27, on charges he followed a woman onto a Green Line trolley at Symphony, then unzipped his pants and began some self-tugging, around 5:20 a.m. on April 4. Read more.

By - 4/12/16 - 5:37 pm
Crowded Back Bay station on the Orange Line

Back Bay smushing. Photo by Neal Gaffey.

It's "severe" delays on the Florida Sunshine line thanks to a dead train at Jackson Square.

By - 4/12/16 - 3:56 pm

From the MassDOT blog:

The MBTA expects thousands of extra riders for the 2016 Boston Marathon on Patriots’ Day, Monday, April 18.

Customers are urged to take public transportation to and from the Marathon and are advised to check T-Alerts for the most up-to-date service information on the day of the race.

By - 4/12/16 - 10:31 am
On a train in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can tell which transit line this was - and when the photo was taken. See it larger.

By - 4/11/16 - 12:38 pm

Updated, 1:20 p.m.

An Eversource power cable near Woodland station burst into flames, shorting out service on the D Line. The T is now busing passengers between Riverside and Newton Highlands.

WBZ reports the seared cable also means no service for some 3,800 Eversource customers in Newton.

By - 4/10/16 - 2:24 pm
Old train semaphores in Waltham

Back in the old days, railroads used to use semaphores to signal train engineers whether they could go forward and how fast. You can still see one of these semaphores where the old Boston & Maine (now MBTA, natch) line to Fitchburg crosses Elm Street in downtown Waltham - mounted on a switching tower that sits next to a switch for what used to be a line to Watertown.

The signals were, of course, not very useful at night, so there were also bulbs to signal engineers: Read more.

By - 4/9/16 - 1:54 pm

A concerned, and probably disgusted, citizen requested a cleanup around 1 p.m. at the Roslindale Village commuter-rail stop:

There is a large beheaded rooster next to the commuter rail tracks at the pedestrian crossing.