Peering inbound from South Station on the Red Line.
WCVB reports a trash fire on the Red Line around 2:30 p.m. was quickly put out by a T employee with a fire extinguisher, but, of course, delays on the Red Line persisted long beyond that, and people on incoming commuter-rail trains also had issues.
At 3:18 p.m., Jenna reported:
MBTA train to Boston from Providence now delayed 25 minutes. Starving passengers searching... Read more
The T says its trains, buses and ferries carried 37.3 million passengers last month, the first time the system has ever carried more than 37 million people in a single month.
The Green Line and buses did show small drops in ridership, however.
On a typical weekday in October of this year, an average of 1.377 million passenger trips were made throughout the MBTA system.... Read more
Entering Boston reflects on the transition from the old to the new Boston, as signaled by the demolition of the Orange Line el through Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, as highlighted through the lens of the photos in Dirty Old Boston:
What photos in Dirty Old Boston also bring back to mind is how many people would gather outside, for one occasion or another.... Read more
Around 7 a.m. at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Bill Forry at the Dorchester Reporter reports seven people - including both drivers - were taken to the hospital for observation for minor injuries, which include back pain and split lips.
UPDATE: The T reported at 8:23 a.m. that normal service was resuming, well, normal, but with residual delays, of course.
The T is running buses instead of trains between Alewife and Harvard Square this morning because of a dead maintenance vehicle on the tracks just south of Porter.
Crews are on scene, working to get the maintenance equipment off of the main line.... Read more
Good thing it's only raining. Let's see:
- Dead train on the Orange Line.
- Dead train on the Providence Line.
- Mechanical problems on the Franklin Line.
- Mechanical problems on the Worcester Line.
- Standing-room only (barely) on the Fitchburg Line - because of an earlier dead train.
Transit Police report having to get a masturbating man off a 1 bus yesterday afternoon after he refused requests from other passengers to knock it off.
According to police, officers arrived at the stopped but as Tremont Street and Mass. Ave. around 4:10 p.m.:
Several passengers pointed out a male, later identified as John Repetto, 55, of Boston. Witnesses informed the officers Repetto originally... Read more
At 8:29 a.m., the MBTA tweeted:
#GreenLine: All branches: Moderate eastbound delays due to power issue.
In response to somebody's query about what exactly "moderate" means when he's been sitting on a trolley that hasn't moved in ten minutes, the T added:
Yes, we describe a "moderate" delay as a major disruption in service.
At 8:54, Andrea reported:
According to my... Read more
This is a little after the fact, but I haven't seen it on UHub or anywhere else: Amtrak has closed its ticket office at Back Bay station. While the official notice doesn't say why, railfans have heard that it's because the T has been unable to improve the ventilation of those ever-present diesel fumes (a topic mentioned over and over and... Read more
State House News Service reports on the penalties the state assessed Keolis.
Problems on the Red and Green lines mean crankytime for evening T commuters. Christie F. gives us a taste:
35 minutes ago my train pulled out of Lechmere. We still haven't reached Haymarket.
Southbound Red Line service has yet to reach standstill proportions, but that's of little solace to people jammed onto platforms who can't even sardine themselves into trains.... Read more
Little Miss makes us wonder what would be a good symbol for the other lines.
Allen Morrison posted a copy of 16-mm footage of trolleys running from Maverick to Suffolk Downs in 1949.
H/t A.P. Blake.
Not long after 6 p.m., the Red Line did what it does so well: Fail. Specifically, a train got to the Longfellow Bridge, looked down and grew so terrified it would fall in the river, or something, that it just died right there, as Devin Cole shows us:
The driver somehow managed to coax the... Read more
Transit Police report they are looking for a man on a moped they say pointed an apparent gun at the driver of a 41 bus at Dudley Street and Blue Hill Avenue the afternoon of Oct. 30.
Apparently the Gov. wasn't kidding. Commuter rail has published the pending weekend service on the Fairmount (Purple/Indigo) Line for the first time ever.
Hyde Park to South Station locals have fought for this for years. I'll be on the first Saturday morning, Nov. 29th train and head to the Haymarket.
Basically, it's hourly service and in some ways better than the existing five-day sked.... Read more
Boston Magazine interviews a British boffin who has drawn 13 different versions of the standard T map - with more to come.
Ed. note: The article shows several of his designs, which are cool, except they give equal weight to the commuter-rail lines, which seems a bit confusing given that it's really a separate system with its own fare system, but maybe I'm just... Read more