The T

By - 12/8/16 - 8:29 am

"Moderate" delays towards Alewife on the Red Line, the T says.

By - 12/7/16 - 12:40 pm
New 39 bus with a driver barrier

The T's Joe Pesaturo shows us a new 39 bus at Back Bay with a barrier to help protect the driver from the sort of people with anger-management issues who insist on taking buses.

By - 12/7/16 - 8:46 am

There was a medical emergency on a train between Central and Kendall, but the severe delays on the Red Line this rush hour are also due to signal problems near Harvard, the T and riders advise.

By - 12/6/16 - 5:33 pm
Elf at Kendall Red Line station

David Weininger reports that not only was this elf at Kendall Square on the Red Line playing an accordion this evening, she was playing "Paint It Black."

By - 12/6/16 - 12:13 am

UPDATED, 10:50 a.m., Tuesday.

T riders and the local twitterati were surprised last night to learn that the MBTA's Twitter handle had changed from @mbta to @mbtatransit.

This morning, it's back to @mbta.

Read more.

By - 12/5/16 - 9:26 am
Crowds at Quincy Center on the Red Line

In practice, looks like the Red Line (and the Orange Line) might need some more work. Agiraffes shows us what Quincy Center looked like at 9:15 a.m. due to "minor" delays.

At the other end of the Red Line.

By - 12/5/16 - 8:54 am
Crowded Jackson Square on the Orange Line

Matt Murphy took this photo at Jackson Square around 8:30 a.m., reports:

Back-to-back full #OrangeLine trains, 100's of passengers can't get on. #HappyMonday!

Video.

By - 12/4/16 - 5:42 pm
Santa Claus on the Orange Line

Benzo Amore got on the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing with Nonplussed Ol' St. Nick:

He says he knows when brakes are squeaking, when you are late.

By - 12/4/16 - 12:48 pm
Model train set in Roslindale

Jed Hresko took in the Bay State Model Railroad Museum's semi-annual open house in Roslindale yesterday. It's open today until 3 p.m. - admission is $5 for adults, free for kids - at 760 South St. in Roslindale Square.

By - 12/3/16 - 9:32 am

The Lynn Item reports a man who did that found himself robbed of the cash by three guys who then sped off in the Mercedes he thought he was about to buy.

By - 12/2/16 - 12:49 pm

So far just "minor" delays due to the unmoving train, the T reports.

By - 12/2/16 - 8:51 am
Map replaced by art on the Red Line

Stefanie reports that around 8 a.m., about five people got on her Red Line car, covered all but one of the car's maps with cardboard, then posted paintings, along with sheets giving each work's name and artist. Read more.

By - 12/2/16 - 8:44 am

The T reported only "minor" delays when an outbound Ashmont train kicked the bucket around 6:45 a.m.

By - 12/1/16 - 5:17 pm

Just in time for rush hour: "Moderate" delays on the Red Line thanks to a train that expired at Central - after belching smoke.

By - 12/1/16 - 9:36 am

UPDATE: Post corrected to show the T turned down the idea.

Jamaica Plain News reports on a neighborhood meeting on a developer's plans to turn the 300-car Laz parking lot across from Forest Hills into a 252-unit apartment complex.

According to the News, the developer said it's not really his issue what happens to the people who park there now, but that he met with the T, which turned down his possible suggestion of using space at the "temporary" bus yard for car parking.

By - 12/1/16 - 8:57 am
Turtle car hit by train in Needham

Somebody parked their formerly expensive car just a little too close to the tracks at the Needham Heights station this morning and a Needham Line train took exception and flipped that puppy upside down. One train was canceled and others were delayed, although things were mostly back on track by 8:20 a.m. or so.

By - 12/1/16 - 8:47 am

At least this time the signal problems happened early enough (like before 6 a.m.) that the T could fix them before the morning rush hour, although that's small consolation to the people who like actually depend on the Red Line early in the morning.

By - 11/30/16 - 3:00 pm

In September of 2015, Boston.com ran a story that explains why old Green Line PCC Trolley's are rotting in the remote Pennsylvania woods. Apparently some engineer purchased them in the early 1990s and had plans on refurbishing them, but never did, so the cars sit there and rot. Read more.

By - 11/30/16 - 9:30 am
Orange Line train testing tunnel clearances for new cars

The T forwarded this photo of an Orange Line car - 1216 to be exact - before rolling out for service this morning. Those are foam blocks on the roof - to test tunnel clearances for the configuration of the new on-order Orange Line cars, which will have their HVAC systems on the roof. In addition to the foam blocks, the car's also been outfitted with seven cameras - six on the roof and one at the front to record mile markers on the trip.