Amtrak's parked what looks like a battle crane train on a siding at Readville station in Hyde Park. It has some instructions for how to signal the crane operator to move the thing plastered on one side. Read more.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays westbound due to a trolley now enjoying its eternal rest at Park Street. All trolleys not similarly indisposed will be leaving from the track along the wall.
The MBTA today approved a deal with Omni-Navitas Holdings to install solar panels and related equipment at 37 lots and garages at T stations.
Under the 20-year deal, the company will pay the T $1.9 million in rent the first year, with a 3% increase each following year. Coupled with savings in snow-removal and electricity costs at the stations, the T expects to recoup $55 million over the length of the contract. Read more.
Mark Novak shows us the line this morning to add another month to CharlieCards.
One train's get up and go got up and left at Alewife, causing "severe" delays on the Red Line, the MBTA reports.
CommonWealth Magazine reports the MBTA has forwarded its files on what initially seemed to be minor revenue discrepancies at T parking lots operated by LAZ to the state Attorney General's office now that it's "blossomed into losses at multiple lots that some estimate could run into the millions of dollars."
Somewhere, a Red Line train paid its fare to the ferryman and now riders who just want to get home get to enjoy the company of their fellow commuters. At 6:17 p.m., Mark Peter Detwiler reported:
Issues on the redline southbound, been waiting at Park 25 minutes for a braintree train.
The T reports "moderate" delays on the Green Line due to signal problems.
WBUR reports Gov. Baker has signed a law that will limit MBTA fare increases to 7% every other year. Previously, the limit had been, depending on one's interpretation, up to 10%.
You never know what you'll see at the Readville train station, a.k.a. the world's largest model train set.
With it still being too hot to cook tonight, I drove down to Olympic Pizza in Wolcott Square, put in an order, then walked over to the station, where I spotted an unusual locomotive on a Fairmount Line train. Read more.
Boston Magazine reports that Frank Oglesby, the real person who does those "next train" announcements on subway lines and announces street names on buses is retiring. But don't worry - he'll still work on announcements for the T.
Mike Ball bravely photographed this snarly, ravenous opossum at the Fairmount commuter-rail station this morning.
Police stopped the Red Line in both directions shortly before 9:45 p.m. because of a guy dumping things on the tracks at Broadway, including what appeared to be one of those heavy bomb-resistant trash barrels. Read more.
Emily Weisberg is waiting for a bus at Lechmere because, she reports, there's a live wire down on the Green Line tracks.
Transit Police evacuated an outbound train at Haymarket shortly before 6 p.m.: Read more.
3:50 Reading and 4:30 Haverhill trains cancelled. Latest alert indicates next Haverhill train at 5:35.
keeping their trains running on time. They apparently don't even know the correct order of the stations they are supposed to stop at.
Transportation fficials from three New England states and Quebec are looking at a plan that to better link Boston with New Haven and Montreal via track upgrades and the purchase of trains that could reach a peak speed of 79 m.p.h. - faster than what trains can do on most of the tracks now but far slower than typical intercity trains in Europe and Japan. Read more.
UPDATE: Statement by Transit Police.
Jamie Davenport reports on an incident Thursday night on a Red Line train ordered held at South Station until the police could clear a group of rowdy black teens off her car. She watched silently - until a cop ordered a black kid who wasn't part of the group off the train as well: Read more.