The T

By - 10/30/16 - 5:01 pm

You know how for years the T and everybody who studied the T said the system is so far behind repairs that they couldn't even figure out just how many billions of dollars it needed? CommonWealth has a depressing little article that came out Friday - even as legislators were talking about T-related tax hikes after the Orange Line's smokeageddon - that basically has top T and state transportation leaders saying they don't actually want more money because they wouldn't know how to spend it.

Oh, and a reminder for Orange Line riders riding in rusting trains on tracks that catch fire: That 2018 date for delivery of the new Chinese trains - assuming there are no delays by the company that has never built for the US market in a factory that's still under construction - is just for the first test cars. The current 1980's fleet won't be fully replaced until 2022, again, assuming nothing goes wrong.

By - 10/30/16 - 4:29 pm
Derailed Green Line train in Brighton

The derailment scene. Photo by SC.

The derailment happened at BC, there were no injuries and now it's buses all the way down Comm. Ave. for B riders.

By - 10/29/16 - 10:41 am

A federal jury last week awarded Michelle Dimanche of Hyde Park more than $2.6 million for discrimination by co-workers and supervisors in the two years before the T fired her in 2013. A federal judge yesterday upheld the amount. Read more.

By - 10/28/16 - 1:02 pm

The T, which seems to have stopped announcing just how serious the delays are, is reporting delays on the Red Line due to a train that got to Park Street and could go no more.

By - 10/28/16 - 9:31 am

A Red Line train became the latest little train that couldn't when a train pushed up daisies shortly before 9 a.m. at North Quincy.

By - 10/27/16 - 8:05 pm

WGBH reports yesterday's Back Bay smoketastrophe has gotten legislators to thinking about taxes.

WFXT, meanwhile, reports the reason the driver couldn't open the doors all at once was because the train was not fully in the station - and that the T is sending him to reeducation because he should have gotten on the PA and told riders he was going to have to open each door individually.

By - 10/27/16 - 2:39 pm

Mainebiz reports the Maine Military Authority has laid off the 35 workers who were supposed to be rehabbing MBTA buses because for some reason the T doesn't want to pay more for the work just because the authority screwed up and lowballed itself on its $19-million bid.

By - 10/27/16 - 10:05 am
Dead Red Line train at Harvard Square

Ari Ofsevit was among the riders ordered off an inbound Red Line train at Harvard around 9:40 a.m. because, oh, who the hell knows anymore?

By - 10/27/16 - 7:37 am

The T reports "moderate" delays inbound from Forest Hills due to a dead train at Tufts.

By - 10/26/16 - 5:01 pm

Passengers on an outbound Orange Line train busted out windows when the train filled with smoke and the doors wouldn't open shortly before 5 p.m.

WBZ reports three people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

The train driver reported a "pop" and some sparks as his train entered the station; possibly due to a motor sparking and setting trash on the tracks on fire. Read more.

By - 10/26/16 - 4:26 pm

UPDATE: The T now blames signal problems at Alewife for ongoing delays.

Service all along the Red Line has come to a grinding halt due to a train that has left this mortal coil at Alewife.

Meanwhile, the Rockport/Newburyport is once again imitating the Fairmount Line.

By - 10/25/16 - 12:38 pm

UPDATE: Bail set at $5,000, but he won't be going anywhere because a Boston Municipal Court judge revoked his bail on an unrelated Malden case, per the Suffolk County DA's office. Should he get out, he has to stay away from Sarah, currently limping but in stable condition at Angell.

Transit Police report arresting a man they say repeatedly punched and choked an 11-month-old Husky around 9:30 p.m. yesterday at North Station. Read more.

By - 10/25/16 - 8:11 am

The morning commute started with a non-viable train at Quincy Center. Just as that was clearing up, things slowed to a crawl again on the Braintree line due to signal problems at JFK/UMass.

By - 10/24/16 - 6:53 pm

On Saturday morning, officials will run an exercise at Alewife station to simulate what happens when a Red Line train stops in a tunnel and the tunnel and T stop start filling with smoke, Cambridge Police report. Read more.

By - 10/24/16 - 6:38 pm

Transit Police report arresting a Burlington man they say was so angered his T driver wouldn't let him off between stops near the Burlington Mall that he threw a tantrum that included him smashing windows and ended with him grabbing the driver's throat and screaming "Do you want to die?" Read more.

By - 10/24/16 - 5:49 pm

Around 530 p.m., a motor vehicle got up close and personal with both a bus and an E-Line trolley. Extensive damage to the car; no injuries. The Green Line is now suspended between Brigham Circle and Heath Street; riders are supposed to hop on a 39 bus instead.

By - 10/24/16 - 5:25 pm
Park Street Red Line station is crowded

Park Street under the weather. Photo by Meri.

A Red Line train came up lame at Central Square and now the line is awful in both directions. Of course. Even T workers are joining in the testiness:

The staff at Kendall just had the gall to yell at us for blocking the entrances.

Read more.

By - 10/24/16 - 9:06 am

The MBTA is reporting delays on both the Red and Orange lines due to track problems on both lines near Downtown Crossing.