Joe Curtatone, in Commonwealth Magazine, points out to the rest of Massachusetts that the Massachusetts economy depends almost entirely on the areas served by the T, and that the private sector isn't going to grow more jobs if we don't have a dependable way to get folks to work.
And aren't you a lucky one?
Delayed or canceled trains. Hordes of people. Gridlock on the streets. You know: The usual.
It's not usually a good sign when smoke starts pouring out of a trolley, as Emily shows us around 4:40 p.m.
She reports the train was evacuated. Brookline FD showed up and took care of whatever was causing the smoke and the T made preparations to have the train towed away (and shot?) so that service could resume.
Not long after, passengers had... Read more
But it was a small fire, around 2:40 p.m., and the Boston Fire Department made quick work of it, and the Orange Line is back to running in the current fashion, so hardly worth mentioning.
The T just announced it's restored service between JFK/UMass and Ashmont. Braintree? That's another story.
See all those people? They're waiting for an Orange Line shuttle bus at Malden Center. "Shuttle bus line is MASSIVE!" Rich reports.
On the more frostbitten segments of the T today, riders slowly shuffled through long lines for shuttle buses. The luckier ones boarded one of the growing number of big charter buses the T has hired, such as these buses that Marta ... Read more
The Orange Line is running between Sullivan and Forest Hills this morning. It's still limited bus service between Sullivan and Oak Grove, though.
Same basic idea on the southern end of the Red Line: It's buses all the way down past JFK/UMass.
UPDATE: MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said this afternoon the authority will seek federal disaster aid and that it could be 30 days - yes, 30 - before the T is fully operational again, but only if we don't have another blizzard.
The MBTA says service on the T will be about the same as today, MassDOT says: The Red Line will run... Read more
The MBTA provided this photo of workers clearing ice and snow on Red Line tracks near Water Street in Quincy this morning.
Prison inmates are working on the line today as well.
Let me get this straight. So T Red Line service has resumed today, but only between Andrew and Alewife.. MBTA Alert states there is no Red Line service between Andrew and Braintree/Ashmont. No word of shuttle busses. Explain to me how this is acceptable. I need to work in Boston and live on the South Shore. The MBTA takes $ out of mtu check each... Read more
Updated: Not just anybody can show up to shovel out the Red Line.
The MBTA is working with local unions to get lots of people working to shovel out the Braintree branch of the Red Line tomorrow.
The T contact the Boston Building Trades and the SEIU, who in turn asked members with shovels to show up tomorrow at the Bayside Expo Center for a... Read more
A Green Line trolley at Park Street around 7:15 p.m. after a day of plowing snow on the tracks.
The MBTA reports it "will operate services on the Blue, Green, Orange and Red Lines at underground stations, although the Blue Line will operate to Airport Station" on Monday,.
Commuter rail will try to run on a Saturday schedule, buses will do the same, but some routes won't run at all. The Silver Line will operate on a weekday schedule.
Around 4 p.m., the Boston Fire Department reports.
Transit Police report the "trespasser" was a man in his 30s.
The T has replaced Red Line service with shuttle buses.
Kelli Autumn videoed first responders on the platform:
â€” Kelli Autumn (@Kelli_Autumn)... Read more
If ever there were a silver lining to global warming, it might be the prospect of milder winters. After all, it stands to reason that a warmer climate would generate less snow. But a new MIT study suggests that you shouldnâ€™t put your shovels away just yet.
Around 6 p.m., the outbound platform at Charles/MGH looked pretty much the same right after a train pulled out as it did before. As Lindsay Devers reports, the train was so crowded nobody could get on it.
Elsewhere? At least people waiting for trains out of South Station were inside. Ditto for North Station, where Ben Higgins snapped the departure list:
Chris in Boston spotted Keytar Bear on the Orange Line platform at Downtown Crossing this afternoon.
MassDOT just announced there will be no subway, commuter rail, bus or boat service on Sunday:
The projected heavy snow and high winds will significantly inhibit the MBTAâ€™s ability to deliver safe and reliable service. Trees and power lines could come down, and visibility will be hampered. Additionally, the MBTA is concerned that a train could break down between stations, resulting in a track right-of-way... Read more