MBTA officials say a deep look at their invoices - enough of them to fill a Red Line train waist high in paper - has identified a number of ways the perpetually cash-strapped system can save some money.
Among the savings announced today: $650,000 over two years by canceling service on 553 phones nobody was using, reducing the authority's overall monthly minutes and eliminating global calling, caller name ID and other services. Read more.
Still, as you stand there on a Red Line platform with 90,000 other sweating, steamed riders, you could do worse than call up the MBTA Excuse Generator:
#MBTA: #RedLine: Major residual delays due to an earlier Charlie Card stuffed into a Charlie Ticket slot at Alewife. We don't have anything else to add.
The Red Line is delayed in both directions because of a deceased train at Central Square.
Mark Peter Detwiler reports it's so bad there's no more room on the outbound platform at South Station.
Transit Police report a male bicyclist, 25-30, rode around a crossing gate in the down position at Park Street in Somerville around 1:30 p.m. and was promptly struck and killed by an outbound Fitchburg Line train.
The T's just issued an alert that starting Sept. 3, Forest Hills will be down to just one track due to the Arborway project - which includes building a new station entrance and pedestrian tunnels to it under the new road. The T says two-track operation should resume in December.
Traffic will be briefly halted near Charles Circle Saturday morning as crews working on the Longfellow Bridge start would could be a two-day project to clean out a steam pipe that runs across the bridge.
Traffic will resume once the steam venting starts up, shortly after 7 a.m., Cambridge Police say, adding: Read more.
The MBTA reports workers teamed up to help a dazed owl that butted heads with a trolley in Brookline last night.
The bird somehow came into contact with a Riverside Line trolley around 11:25 p.m. in Brookline Village, the T reports. Driver Hoa Tran got out, carried the bird off the tracks and to a bench at the station and radioed in for help. Read more.
A dispute over whether Massachusetts should pay Amtrak $29 million for Acela service over tracks the state owns got ugly this week when the national railroad filed a court document suggesting it might have to stop service north of Providence rather than continuing to deal with the "chronically delinquent" MBTA. Read more.
A Red Line train that left this mortal coil at Porter Square is causing what the T acknowledges are "severe" delays. Read more.
A train bought its last produce at Haymarket this rush hour and now riders heading towards Oak Grove are wondering if they'll ever return.
MIT Technology Review reports Keolis workers will soon test Android-based "smart glasses" that will let them do real-time lookups of important data or consult with colleagues remotely.
The glasses will be tested in several locations, including the large repair facility in Somerville and a smaller yard in Readville. If successful, even train drivers could one day be given pairs - to let them make emergency repairs while still on the tracks.
The Red Line station is shut, but the Red Line continues to run, just more slowly, as firefighters work to extinguish a fire in an air duct in the lower level of 141 Dorchester Ave.
The T is warning of delays up to 50 minutes on the Providence Line due to "an Amtrak signal issue near Attleboro Station."
After a T locomotive died in Beverly, Pan Am Railways lent Keolis one of its old Guilford locomotives to help pull its train back to Boston - as spotted by a roving UHub photographer at Mill Creek in Chelsea.