MassDOT reports it heard residents and elected officials who didn't like the idea of behemoth WiFi towers along commuter-rail tracks and has ordered the contractor building infrastructure for a new train-based WiFi network, BAI Communications, to come back with plans that use either existing utility poles or poles a lot shorter than 70 feet.
Driving on the wrong side of the road on the North Shore of Long Island proved to be the undoing for an alleged MS-13 member charged with opening fire on a member of a rival gang on the Maverick Square Blue Line platform in a fusillade that also sent a second person to the hospital in January, 2016.
The New York Times reports the MTA is trying a new style announcement, telling the truth. Perhaps the T should adopt this ground breaking policy.
Dead trolleys are gumming up the works on the B and D lines, the MBTA reports.
The MBTA is reporting "moderate" delays on the southbound side of the Red Line due to a train that couldn't be revived even by the doctors stationed just outside Charles/MGH.
MassDOT reports it's returning the turnpike in Allston to the full four lanes in both directions tomorrow morning, three weeks ahead of schedule.
The news is not quite as good for people who drive on the road above the turnpike - or take the Green Line, though: Work there to replace half of the Commonwealth Avenue bridge will continue through next week.
"Moderate" delays towards Oak Grove due to a train that bought the farm at Chinatown, the MBTA advises.
David Perry reports that South Station Meltdown, Take 2, is due to a problem in Tower 1, an Amtrak shed just outside South Station that handles switching trains onto the right tracks at the station. It's the second evening rush hour in a row that South Station commuters have found themselves with extra time to get a drink or three.
The MBTA reports "moderate" delays on the Orange Line due to switch problems at Forest Hills, where trains were already limited to just one side of the platform due to work on Arborway-related station renovations.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today the MBTA didn't break any implied contract with riders when it cancelled or delayed scores of commuter-rail trains in the the Winter of Our Discontent. Read more.
Jacquelyn Goddard at MassDOT shows us some of the work to replace half the Commonwealth Avenue bridge in front of the BU Bridge over the next three weeks.
Earlier, John McLachlan took a look at where the Green Line used to be:
The long awaited, little anticipated shutdown of the Comm. Ave. bridge began at 9 p.m., affecting motorists, Green Line and bus riders, Worcester Line riders and the braver souls heading to Springfield and Chicago on Amtrak. Boston Magazine runs down the details of the work, which the state says is pretty necessary on account of the bridge falling apart.
"Moderate" delays on the Red Line due to a train with a permanent X across its personnel file, the MBTA reports.
The MBTA reports "moderate" delays on the Red Line because of a train exceeding its lifespan at Davis Square.