The T

By - 10/29/14 - 7:47 am
Dead bus on South Huntington Avenue

The dead bus. Photo by Tyler.

Just ask anybody who tried getting to the medical area via South Huntington Avenue this morning, thanks to a 38 bus whose poor little heart just plum gave out just before Huntington around 7:20 or so, close enough to the trolley tracks to box in a trolley and so jam up the entire inbound side of the road back into JP.

Yes, a 38 -... Read more

By - 10/28/14 - 5:53 pm
Johnson

Transit Police report arresting Robert Johnson, 49, of Jamaica Plain, in connection with a failed robbery attempt last night inside Back Bay station

According to police, his victim, a 62-year-old woman, had just gotten off a 39 bus around 11:25 p.m. when Johnson asked her for some money. When she declined, police say:

Johnson followed her into the station eventually standing in front of

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By - 10/27/14 - 8:52 am

The dreaded slippery rail struck again this morning.

By - 10/26/14 - 12:34 pm
MBTA driver and the woman whose wallet he found

Richard Cooper and Jazmine Tucker. Photos by MBTA.

On Thursday morning, a rider on the 93 bus handed driver Richard Cooper a wallet that was just sitting there - a wallet with $1,735 in it. Cooper, who has worked for the T for 28 years, gave the wallet to an inspector at Sullivan Square station, who handed it over to a supervisor at the Charlestown garage. The T reports:

On Friday, the wallet's... Read more

By - 10/24/14 - 7:43 am
Haymarket bus stop in the rain

JB Parrett captured a mood in the rain at Haymarket yesterday.

By - 10/23/14 - 10:52 pm
Buzz Lightyear on a 9 bus in South Boston

MC Slim JB spotted Buzz on the 9 bus in South Boston this evening.

By - 10/23/14 - 6:08 pm

Gianna Maria reports her inbound Red Line train came to a halt around 6 p.m. on the Longfellow to avoid making pate out of a silly goose who refused to move. After about ten minutes, the goose moved out and so did the train.

By - 10/23/14 - 4:58 pm
Waiting for a shuttle bus at Wellington due to Orange Line being dead

Riders probably too tired to beef at Wellington about bustitution. Photo by Tim Healey.

Just at the start of rush hour, a train just outside Malden Center proved worse off than a doorknob. The Malden Fire Department had to be called into to evacuate the packed train, which means the T had to shut off power in both directions between Malden and Wellington. Shuttle buses were bruited about.

Now that the state has approved that contract with that... Read more

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

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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.

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