The T

By - 3/2/15 - 8:15 am
Strange MBTA train on new TV series

Alert viewer Codeman38 noticed something unusual at :51 in the trailer for the newest CSI show - the T train shown above (that an FBI agent is trying to jump on it as it leaves the station is, of course, not at all odd).

But it doesn't stop there: In the alternaverse in which CSI leader Patricia Arquette explores intersectionality, they've also replaced...Read more

By - 2/28/15 - 9:48 pm
Hawk trapped in Alewife station on the Red Line in Cambridge

Curt Nickisch phototographed this poor hawk unable to figure a way out of Alewife station around 7:30 p.m. The Animal Rescue League reports a happy ending to this tale:

Got word that the hawk was caught and moved outside.

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By - 2/27/15 - 8:39 pm

The Globe reports Paul Barrett, the guy Charlie Baker named to head up the inquiry into the MBTA, then went on vacation on Jamaica, quit after it started asking him about his personal financial problems. The board was supposed to report back on the T by the end of March.Read more

By - 2/27/15 - 9:43 am

The Herald reports an escalator at Davis Square ripped a man's pants clear off. Fortunately, the Herald adds, he stayed cool - and had the foresight to wear blue gym shorts.Read more

By - 2/26/15 - 1:44 pm

Keolis CEO Bernard Tabary, fresh off a plane from France and a meeting with the governor, today apologized for abysmal post-snow service and said that while the company is scheduling March 30 for a full restoration of service, it's going to try to get things back to normal before that.

To our passengers, we know this has been an incredibly frustrating time. You have endured

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By - 2/26/15 - 12:43 pm

But, his people assure the Globe, they have telephones down there, and it's not like the commission doesn't have an entire month to report back to the governor.Read more

By - 2/25/15 - 2:51 pm

The Herald reports that Highway chief Frank DePaola will take over from Beverly Scott at the embattled MBTA until a permanent general manager is named. Scott said she would resign in April, but DePaola's appointment starts next week.Read more

By - 2/25/15 - 10:04 am

Station and intersection all blocked up. Medical emergency.Read more

By - 2/25/15 - 8:36 am
Dead train at South Station on the Red Line

Molly Lanzarotta was among those crammed into South Station on the Red Line around 8:15 a.m., where a train tried but failed to come to grips with its own mortality.

Meanwhile, on commuter rail, let's see: Keolis said the advisories that entire lines were simply canceled every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were a technical glitch, not a hack. Many trains remained actually...Read more

By - 2/23/15 - 9:37 pm

Firefighters responded to South Station shortly before 9:30 p.m. for a trash fire on the outbound side of the Red Line. The fire was not on the tracks, it was quickly blasted with some water and that was that, except for the smell of smoke and the delays on the Red Line.Read more

By - 2/23/15 - 4:38 pm

Buried in the latest edition of the MBTA's winter service-update page today is a "special message to our valued customers" from T General Manager Beverly Scott (still on the job until April) that includes this:

Understandably, given the extended duration of our severe weather challenges, a number of questions have been raised regarding fare reimbursement, including a range of suggestions.

On March 3rd,

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By - 2/22/15 - 7:41 pm
Shovels at Braintree station on the Red Line

Jack Cawley reports:

I did not find this reassuring at Braintree station.

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By - 2/21/15 - 11:33 pm
The snow farm will sink

A local artist going by Blizzard2015 has started a graphic novella about a doomed city on the North Atlantic: T-Tanic.Read more

By - 2/21/15 - 11:17 pm

Updated.

A woman was hit and killed by an outbound Orange Line train shortly after 11 p.m.

The T cut power so that firefighters and EMTs could try to remove the woman, who initially was still breathing when they got to her, but the medical examiner was requested around 11:40 p.m.

Transit Police report the victim was 29. Foul play is not suspected.

Other...Read more

By - 2/20/15 - 7:33 pm

Central Square on the Red Line right now is just full of Cambridge firefighters bearing hoses. There's a hazmat truck on Mass. Ave. A train in the station was evacuated. The T is warning of moderate delays due to "Cambridge Fire Department activity."

Evacuation photo....Read more

By - 2/20/15 - 6:33 pm

Around 5:50 p.m., Ryan McGee reported:

What a difference a day has made: North Station crowds normal at 6 pm for first time in weeks.

Danielle Dulcinos responds:

Pretty similar scene at South Station. Only minor delays it seems and thin crowds. Eerie.

Yesterday:

As subways, bus routes slowly improve, commuter rail remains the province of the damned....Read more

By - 2/20/15 - 5:06 pm

from the fact you're cancelling trains. Just don't post the cancelled trains on your information board. At least that's what Keolis did this afternoon, as the board at North Station now shows fewer trains, instead of showing the full schedule with the notation "Cancelled" next to those trains they don't run under the "modified winter schedule".

Not sure if I totally approve of the idea,...Read more

By - 2/20/15 - 12:34 pm

It's supposed to file a report by the end of March on how to get us "the 21st-century transportation that we all deserve," Baker said at a press conference. "We cannot continue to do the same thing and expect a different result."

Stephanie Pollack, transportation secretary, said the panel will also look at long-term fixes for the "structural problems that have led the T to...Read more

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