MikeKix has a good view of today's work to replace defective glass panels at the new Government Center station.
UPFAYE, Saturday morning: Your credit is good with the T again.
This message is now up on mbta.com:
Credit/Debit card fare machines sales are unavailable at all stations until further notice. Fare machines sales are unavailable on mbta.com.
There's a group that really likes buses, and they've got the snazzy graphics to prove they're better than subways, at least if you give them their own lanes and raised platforms and stuff. Oddly, the Silver Line, our one example of "bus rapid transit," isn't listed on their gold standards or BRT in action pages.
A video of the old "horizontal elevator" that used to run at Wellington until the developer of the apartment/retail complex near the station finally gave up on paying to constantly repair the thing.
Via Boston Reddit, which has more on the people mover's history.
Tim Lawrence watched the destruction of the Shopper's Park entrance to Downtown Crossing station this morning.
Shopper's Park was a small tree-lined area next to the headhouse, created by Filene's and then torn down when some New York developer demolished the main part of the Filene's building to create a giant hole.
Delays on the Red Line quickly went to "severe" when the Cambridge Fire Department ordered service halted to determine why several people came out of an inbound train coughing. After about ten minutes, firefighters could find nothing wrong and let service resume.
Ironically, just this morning, Transit Police and several other agencies held an exercise at the T's emergency training center on how to deal with a chemical release in a subway station.
Plunkett Prime shows us the Budget rental truck whose driver somehow got its left tires over the curb and onto the Green Line right of way and now, of course, it's stuck, and blocking all the outbound B trolleys behind it.
WBUR reports on the MBTA's latest maintenance backlog estimate.
A shattered window at the Science Park Green Line station left quite an impression on John Geoffrion today:
Deferred maintenance as art.
WGBH reports some - or possibly all - of the glass panels in the new glass-centric station entrance are defective and will have to be replaced.
The Herald reports state officials now think extending the Green Line through Somerville might cost upwards of $3 billion - and the federal government has only committed to $1 billion of that, and might take that away if state officials can't figure out how to pay for the rest, which apparently they're have trouble doing.
WCVB has video taken by one Red Line rider of a second rider grabbing a third rider's phone and punching him in the face for videoing him being a drunken asshole to all the other riders in their car hurtling through Quincy Friday night.
UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. Trains running again. UPDATE: 6:02 p.m. Fire declared out, firefighters packing up.
An insulated cable that erupted into flames shortly after 5 p.m. south of South Station shut Red Line service in both directions between JFK/UMass and Park Street and forced the driver of one outbound train to reverse direction and head back to South Station. Read more.
7:18 AM and summer is officially over. On a train with 40 BU Freshmen all wearing lime green orientation tshirts
The former governors say it's last time to connect the two terminals with a rail link.
The T is reporting some ish on the C Line, where an inbound trolley eased into eternal slumber at Summit Avenue just a tad before 8 a.m.
Outbound riders on the Riverside Line had to board buses for the ride between Reservoir and Riverside this morning due to your basic generic "power" problems. The T says it's fixed now.
Keolis is advising that with temperatures forecast in the 80s and 90s this week, the Worcester Line will be taking it easy - extending commutes by up to 30 minutes. Read more.