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By - 10/23/14 - 10:26 am

The MBTA reports that starting this afternoon, it'll be feeding above-ground Green Line location data to the apps that let riders see when the next trolley is arriving - at least if they're standing on the surface.

The T says it will start sending out its own next-train predictions by December for above-ground trolleys - which will give un-tunnelled riders access to the sort of... Read more

By - 10/21/14 - 5:23 pm
Chart showing CNR the cheapest bidder for new MBTA subway trains

Chart by state transportation staff.

CNR

State officials are leaning towards a company owned by the Chinese government to replace aging subway cars with new cars to be assembled in Springfield that will feature wider doors, the ability to carry 15 additional passengers, computerized and LED station announcements and a dramatic jump in reliability, although with the possible loss of fake wood-grain paneling.

Gov. Patrick and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey willl... Read more

By - 10/20/14 - 11:34 pm

Jack Newsham asks:

Why do Blue Line tracks have both third rails and overhead power lines?

By - 10/20/14 - 6:07 pm

If only Boston could win the Olympics, we'd have world-class trains for sure!

By - 10/20/14 - 11:39 am

Transit Police provide a couple examples of alleged dumbassery at two of our major transit hubs:

Shortly after 2 a.m. today, police - and firefighters - responded to South Station because somebody had activated a fire alarm there. Transit Police report officers found Marwin Maurin, 22, of Revere, standing by a closed Red Line entrance:

Maurin informed the officers he set off the fire

... Read more
By - 10/20/14 - 7:53 am
Evil grinning skull at JFK/UMass Red Line stop in Dorchester

Marta C. captured the visage that woke her up at the JFK/UMass Red Line stop this morning.

By - 10/20/14 - 7:49 am

The MBTA holds a meeting Thursday on a proposal to "consolidate the BU West, St. Paul, Babcock, and Pleasant stops into two fully accessible stations that will help reduce travel times and improve safety."

The session begins at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon room at the BPL main library in Copley Square.... Read more

By - 10/16/14 - 12:55 pm

State officials announced today the start of hourly service on Saturday and Sunday on the Fairmount Line will start Nov. 29 - and that they've made the current fares - the same as a subway line from Fairmount station north - permanent.

MassDOT also said it will solicit bids in December for 30 Diesel Multiple Units - single-car diesel trains that will let the T... Read more

By - 10/16/14 - 11:42 am

Around 11:20 a.m., police shut the Mass. Ave. Orange Line stop, stopped train service and blocked traffic on Mass. Ave. after somebody started vomiting on the platform.

The station and street were re-opened about 15 minutes later - and the person transported to a local hospital - after first responders determined she did not have Ebola.

Boston EMS Incidents reports EMTs rushed to... Read more

By - 10/16/14 - 11:07 am
Jeffrey Bliss

Well, what do you know: A man pestering people at South Station for money for an urgent train ride really did have a pressing reason to get back to Framingham. Unfortunately for Jeffrey Bliss, 32, however, that reason was a warrant out of Framingham District Court for shoplifting.

Transit Police report officers watching Bliss figured the elderly couple he'd been trying to wheedle money... Read more

By - 10/11/14 - 12:20 pm

Transit Police are looking for a white guy in his 50s who used a knife to rob a woman of a gold chain in the Wood Island busway shortly after noon today.

He was wearing sunglasses, a green jacket, blue ball cap and bandana and was last seen heading up Bennington towards Orient Heights.

By - 10/10/14 - 4:54 pm
Feliz

Transit Police report arresting Enrique Feliz, 20, on a charge of assault and battery with intent to murder for an incident Wednesday afternoon at Forest Hills station that left a man in the lower busway with a puncture wound to the head.

The victim, 25, was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Feliz was arrested today, police say.... Read more

By - 10/7/14 - 8:08 pm

MassDOT says Saturday and Sunday service will start up again on the Kingston/Plymouth and Greenbush lines, while the Needham Line will gain back the Saturday service it lost two years ago.

The restored service starts Dec. 27, thanks in part to funding by the legislature.

"Restoration of the Needham Commuter Rail Service on Saturday is vital to the needs of commuters from Needham, Dover and

... Read more
By - 10/6/14 - 11:53 am

The Massachusetts Court of Appeals today ordered a new trial to determine how much the MBTA owes a woman who suffered serious neck injuries when Green Line operator Aiden Quinn plowed through a red light and crashed into another trolley in 2009, saying her lawyer manipulated the jury's emotions by repeatedly raising issues not supported by any evidence during the trial.

"The sheer number... Read more

By - 10/4/14 - 4:14 pm

The Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership provides the good news/bad news update on extending the Green Line through Somerville: The good news is that design work for the Lechmere, Washington Street and Union Square stations is now 90% done. The bad news is that several more months have been added to the schedule for actually running trains to those stations.... Read more

By - 10/3/14 - 11:11 am
Truck on fire on Commonwealth Avenue at Boston University

A sewage vacuum truck caught fire around 10:40 a.m. on Comm. Ave. near Amory Street, sending a plume of black smoke into the air before firefighters arrived to douse the flames.

Mark Vantour shows us the smoke. Jared Bancroft shows us the remains of the truck:

flaming truck

The fire, of course, caused "severe" delays on... Read more

By - 10/2/14 - 3:46 pm

A Brighton Municipal Court jury yesterday convicted John Biesiot, 36, of Chicago, on 15 counts of vandalism for incidents in 2008 and 2010 that left several T cars tagged up with nom de paint of Wyse, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Judge David Driscoll sentenced Biesiot to a year and a day in the Suffolk County House of Corrections, and will hold a... Read more

By - 9/30/14 - 3:46 pm
Commuter-rail train in abandoned Allston rail yard

Imagine a train station in the middle of a thriving neighborhood.

State and city officials stood in a the door of a new commuter-rail coach parked in the old Allston freight yard to announce a $25-million train station.

West Station will be built near the present turnpike toll plaza and should open when the turnpike there is straightened, in 2020, state Transportation Secretary Richard Davey said.

The station will be servced by DMUs, single-car diesel units... Read more

By - 9/30/14 - 8:23 am

How else to explain the apparent time dilation on the Orange Line this morning, in which the T is reporting only "minor delays" due to signal issues at Oak Grove. Or as Joe explains:

Aaaaaand to summarize, sat in my seat at 6:59 at Oak Grove, arrived Ruggles 7:58.

... Read more
By - 9/29/14 - 5:49 pm
Bus vs. car in downtown Boston

B. Moynihan shows us what happens when two objects try to occupy the same space at the same time - granted, a bus and a car in the area of Federal and Franklin rather than two electrons, but the principle's the same, no?

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