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By - 7/15/15 - 2:17 am
By - 7/14/15 - 11:45 am
Old railroad bridge over the Charles River

The Zakim gets all the attention, but the old commuter-rail bridge next to it has its own charms, including a spiral staircase to the top. Molly Hester admired its form from North Point Park in Cambridge yesterday.

By - 7/13/15 - 10:07 pm
Search along the Southwest Corridor in Jamaica Plain

Around 8 p.m., BPD officers tried to stop a car in the area of McBride Street in Jamaica Plain as part of a drug investigation. Seems the driver didn't want to be stopped, so he took off, with officers in pursuit. Just as a supervisor was about to call off the search, officers managed to box the car in near English High School.

They collared one of the cars occupants, but another took off down through the Southwest Corridor Park. Read more.

By - 7/10/15 - 3:55 pm
Broken track on the Green Line

Where the track is whack. Photo by Turlach MacDonagh.

It's buses all the way down from Kenmore to Packards Corner due to a track problem, the T reports.

By - 7/8/15 - 6:38 pm

Around 4:30 p.m., people across the Financial District heard a loud boom. Those who happened to be on Federal Street in front of the Bank of America building, saw flames coming out of the rear tire well of an MBTA bus, followed quickly by the arrival of Boston firefighters, who doused the engine.

After they were done, T inspectors tried to figure out what had happened before the bus was towed away.

By - 7/8/15 - 4:17 pm

Transit Police report that when officers at Andrew station issued Matthew Earner, 28, a ticket for smoking a butt - under a "NO SMOKING" sign - at Andrew station yesterday morning, he quickly got his other butt in gear: Read more.

By - 7/7/15 - 2:01 pm

Just got an alert from the T that they are now running shuttle buses between Oak Grove and Wellington due to a track problem at Malden Center.

Shuttle buses replacing Orange Line service between Oak Grove and Wellington stations due to a track problem

Affected stops:
Oak Grove
Malden Center
Wellington

Last Updated: 7/7/2015 1:56:04 PM

Orange Line experiencing moderate delays due to a track problem at Malden Center

Last Updated: 7/7/2015 1:43:14 PM

Update - As of 2:40 pm, shuttle buses cancelled, but T still reporting minor delays.

By - 7/7/15 - 9:04 am

But he's not very happy about it this morning. Seth Moulton tweets:

No a/c on the train from Salem this morning! Come on, @MBTA and @KeolisNA! #sweltering #ma6 #mapoli

By - 7/6/15 - 10:46 pm

Around 10:40 p.m. on Blue Hill Avenue near Walk Hill. Victim was conscious and alert.

By - 7/3/15 - 12:35 pm
Math problem as graffiti in Harvard Square

iFnLvBos wonders about the meaning of this scrawl at the Harvard Square T stop.

John Ruch points us to the infamous P versus NP problem:

Informally, it asks whether every problem whose solution can be quickly verified by a computer can also be quickly solved by a computer. It was essentially first mentioned in a 1956 letter written by Kurt Gödel to John von Neumann.

By - 6/30/15 - 9:23 pm

Arlington Police report they are looking for a guy who had permission to blindfold and cuff a Spy Pond Parkway resident this afternoon - but not to take his cash and car. Read more.

By - 6/30/15 - 5:59 pm

MBTA workers managed to snuff out the fire (another photo) before it got too large - and just as Boston firefighters were arriving - around 5:55 p.m., but they also had to shut off the power as a precaution.

By - 6/29/15 - 4:18 pm

MassDOT today approved a $222.2 million contract to replace the T's current fleet of 325 CNG buses with a new fleet of CNG/hybrid buses.

New Flyer, Inc., of Winnipeg, is expected to start delivering the 40-foot buses, many of which will run out of the Forest Hills yard, in July, 2016, with all buses in service a year later.

The federal government will pick up 80% of the cost.

By - 6/28/15 - 9:41 pm
Trolleys in Copley Square

The Boston City Archives recently posted a collection of photos of Boston street cars, including this photo of trolleys lined up in Copley Square for the School Boy Parade on June 6, 1937, and a photo of the scene on Tremont Street around 1895 - two years before the first subway tunnel in America opened underneath Tremont: Read more.

By - 6/26/15 - 11:37 pm
New retail space in Government Center station

Government Center retail space. Photo by MBTA.

Whether it will be another Dunkin' Donuts to replace the one that was almost directly underneath one of the two Dunkin' Donuts on the street, however, remains an open question. A T spokesman says a vendor has yet to be chosen for the space, although he adds whoever it turns out to be will be banned from selling popcorn.

The renovated junction for the Green and Blue lines is scheduled to open next year.

By - 6/26/15 - 6:29 pm
Chinatown fire scene

UPDATE: The MBTA reported at 7:19 p.m. that service had resumed.

Sean Olson reports an electrical fire in the tunnel near Chinatown station shut the Orange Line shortly before 6 p.m. The Boston Fire Department made quick work of the fire and let the T restore power at 6:19 p.m. , although the T was still reporting service was knocked out between Back Bay and North Station at 6:40 p.m.

By - 6/25/15 - 7:22 am

A train that headed across the rainbow bridge is causing the dreaded "severe" delays in both directions on the Red Line this morning.

UPDATE: The T reported at 7:44 a.m. that regular service had resumed.

By - 6/23/15 - 7:55 am

An inbound trolley on the Riverside Line crossed the River Styx this morning, leaving riders in the lurch. Nobody Would Care reported at 7:45:

Train died at chestnut hill. Second train just came and is pushing the dead train. It's been 30 min so far.

Update: Read more.

By - 6/22/15 - 8:52 am
Snow at Oak Grove in February

We've had quite enough of this, thank you very much. Feb. photo by Rich.

Starting tonight, the T will be shutting down the Orange Line between Wellington and Oak Grove starting at 8:45 p.m. at night so workers can get the tracks ready for winter - except for Friday and Saturday nights, when service will run as usual.

You may recall that particular stretch of Orange Line proved particularly troublesome in the winter of our discontent. Workers will be installing heaters along the third rail and at switches to prevent the tracks from turning into a glacier again, in a $12.7 million project, MassDOT reports.

By - 6/20/15 - 7:13 pm
Dog resecued from Green Line tracks at Park Street

Photo by MBTA.

A dog wandering through the Green Line tunnel between Boylston and Park today was rescued thanks to an alert trolley driver and Green Line Inspector Tara Egan, the MBTA reports.

A T spokesman says: Read more.

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