Paul Levy discusses Green Line trolleys that get delayed at stations because they have a little rubber thing at the bottom of doors that catches on the nubbly yellow warning strips on platforms, forcing the drivers to get out and whack the doors - and how complaining about the problem doesn't seem to get anything done.
My friend and I both reported problems with...Read more
Just got this e-mail from Keolis
Service Recovery Update Effective March 23, 2015...Read more
Starting Monday, March 23rd, we will restore service on an additional 63 MBTA Commuter Rail trains, including 17 rush hour train trips, with full service scheduled to be restored on or before March 30. This marks the largest number of commuter trains restored to service since the recovery schedule was
Getting around the Seaport District by car can be a royal pain, especially during the evening commute. According to the Boston Herald, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) thinks it has the solution. It wants to get into the shuttle bus business.
Many of the area's businesses already offer shuttle bus services for their employees. Fidelity (through Boston Coach) and Vertex, for example,...Read more
Last May, the MBTA released a video showing a Transit Police detective rescuing a man from jumping in front of a train at Park Street. WCVB reports the man now has a lawyer - who had to sue to get the complete video, which shows the two struggled on the platform and the detective punching the man to subdue him....Read more
Transit Police report arresting Abdulkadir Abbas, 33, for allegedly punching out a window on an Orange Line train at Ruggles last night.
Police say Abbas punched the window around 10:15 p.m., then got on the train - where passengers promptly pointed him out to arriving officers.
Abbas is scheduled for arraignment today in Roxbury District Court on a charge of malicious destruction of property...Read more
Although the T hasn't told us one way or another, fans of the 1960's rec-room look probably have to resign themselves to losing the faux wood on the Orange Line trains once the new cars get here in, well, whenever.
The MBTA reports that with the addition of some Green Line cars this morning, all four subway lines are now back at their normal car numbers for the first time since Jan. 22. The T reports that Green Line maintenance crews "have been working around the clock to restore service to pre-blizzard levels."
Commuter rail? Well, that's another matter.
- Green Line: 146 cars. ...Read more
MassDOT reports it's started accepting delivery of the first of 86 Type 7 trolleys being rebuilt in a factory in upstate New York.
The cars, which went into service in 1986 and 1987, were nearing the end of their intended lifespans. Unlike with Orange and Red Line cars that are now well past theirs, the state was able to find a company willing to rehab...Read more
Update, Wednesday, 6:20 a.m. The MBTA reports the D Line is back in service.
Grace Holley reports tonight from Brookline Hills, where a loud explosion shortly after 8:30 p.m. was followed by a torrential waterfall from a newly burst water main right above the tracks.
Normally I love water rides but this is a nightmare.
A second Green Line train approached waterfall but went...Read more
A Braintree man admitted today he walked across the tracks from one platform to the other at Andrew Square station on Sunday - narrowly avoiding getting flattened by a train entering the station at the same time.
In exchange, a South Boston Municipal Court judge continued Patrik Finnerty's trespassing case for three months, during which he has to perform 25 hours of community service...Read more
UPDATE, 3:15 p.m., Tuesday: Finnerty found, shows up in court, has case continued without a finding pending three-month period.
UPDATE: Warrant issued for his arrest after he failed to show up at his arraignment, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The Boston Globe reported today that in exchange for an $8M contribution to build the West Station commuter rail station adjacent to its campus, Boston University sought "enforceable language prohibiting the use of BU's West Campus as a route for buses or other vehicular traffic to carry commuters to or from West Station."
If a new commuter rail station is going to be built...Read more
CommonWealth Magazine gets ahold of a letter from the company's then chief executive to T officials asking them to stop trying to scare off his candidates for chief maintenance officer, a position that went unfilled for months last year.
The letter said part of the delay in finding a chief maintenance officer was caused by T officials pressuring Keolis to hire the person who...Read more