The T

By - 8/15/15 - 8:32 pm
Stormburst over the Massachusetts Turnpike

Violent thunderstorms moved across the Boston region this afternoon and evening, soaking some, giving others vivid lightning displays and rainbows, forcing the delay of a New England Revolution match at Gillette and turning the Natick commuter-rail station into the sort of raging water-filled arroyo you normally only expect to see after freak storms in a western desert: Read more.

By - 8/14/15 - 8:55 pm
Uncovered steps at Symphony Green Line station in Boston

Tim Lawrence photographed an entrance to the inbound side of Symphony station that had been buried in the 1970s, but which re-emerged in 2012 and again this week as part of an ongoing construction project.

Another view: Read more.

By - 8/14/15 - 5:56 pm
Dead train at JFK/UMass

Tense scene at JFK/UMass where doors refused to open. Photo by Angel.

A Braintree train pulled into JFK/UMass and then just sat there because the doors refused to open. Finally, workers figured out how to get people off the train.

Meanwhile, Josh Jacobs reports from a daisy-pushing trolley just past Longwood on the Riverside Line:

This ride on D line trolley 3603 is The Braking of the Riverside 1-0-3 (A.M. at this rate).

OK now someone playing Star Trek opening theme and totally trolling.

By - 8/14/15 - 3:37 pm

Franklin and Needham Line service was shut for about 20 minutes as Boston Police pursued a burglary suspect who kept running across the train tracks south of Canterbury Street around 3 p.m. Officers swarmed both sides of the tracks for the suspect, who eventually tried to make good his escape through wooded yards on the Roslindale side - only to be caught by Transit Police officers who had arrived to help out.

By - 8/14/15 - 12:25 pm

what all those orange spots on the track between Wyoming and Wakefield stations on the Haverhill/Reading Line denote. Read more.

By - 8/14/15 - 10:12 am
Stalactites at Tufts Medical Center on the Orange Line

Stalactites have formed above the outbound platform and tracks at the Tufts Medical Center station.

By - 8/14/15 - 9:53 am

The Transit Wire reports on the first clocks, in Kenmore station.

By - 8/13/15 - 11:37 am

Transit Police report an inbound Regional train from New York hit a man on the tracks near Norfolk Street in Mansfield around 11 a.m. - halting both Amtrak and commuter-rail service along the Northeast Corridor. Foul play is not suspected.

Helen Fuller, a New Yorker on the train, 190, reports passengers were being kept on the train - even after northbound service for other trains resumed - and that passengers were kept completely in the dark, even as they learned what was going on from just looking out the window and from social media: Read more.

By - 8/13/15 - 9:14 am

City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) wants BPS to look at providing vouchers to low-income parents so they can get to parent-teacher conferences and open houses they might otherwise miss due to transportation costs. Read more.

By - 8/12/15 - 3:08 pm
Waiting for a pass at Downtown Crossing

Beetlejuice's waiting room in the afterlife, T edition. Photo by Paul Levy.

Fresh off his 65th birthday, Paul Levy descended into the bowels of Downtown Crossing today to get one of the senior T passes to which he's now entitled. Levy, who knows something about complex systems - he oversaw the construction of Deer Island and rescued Beth Israel Hospital from bankruptcy - was amazed, and not in a good way. Read more.

By - 8/11/15 - 9:48 pm

The Boston City Council tomorrow considers a proposal to open city streets to developers of small solar-powered "pods" that could provide individualized mass transit through a monorail and a large computer network that would let people set destinations for their pods and then just speed off. Read more.

By - 8/11/15 - 12:34 pm

Transit Police credit a Route 230 driver with using his bus to prevent a crash after the driver of the SUV began swerving across the road in front of him on Quincy Avenue in Quincy around 11 a.m. on Friday. Read more.

By - 8/10/15 - 9:13 am

BatHedge watched the smoke around 9 p.m. on a BC-bound B trolley at Park Street. The T is now reporting "minor" delays.

By - 8/9/15 - 10:50 pm

He somehow wound up under the second car of an outbound train around 10:45 p.m. First responders pulled him out, alive, not long after, from the inbound side, after the power was shut off. Outbound train service remained halted until after 11:30 p.m., as police investigated the incident.

By - 8/6/15 - 5:17 pm

The MBTA reports it's taken delivery on 1,100 linear feet of brand spankin' new third rail that it will use to replace older, more brittle third rail on the Red Line later this month, as part of its program to make the T better able to withstand the sort of winters we've been known to get in New England.

"Replacing aging third rail with new rail makes the subway less vulnerable to power-related issues," a spokesman says.

By - 8/6/15 - 8:39 am
Removing the branch on an overhead wire on the Green Line.

Branch removal on the D Line. Photo by MBTA.

A tree limb that obeyed the law of gravity right onto the overhead power lines at Brookline Hills is causing all sorts of grief on the Riverside Line this morning.

Deirdre reports that her trolley stopped at Beaconsfield and the driver urged people to walk over to the C Line.

By - 8/6/15 - 8:33 am

Gus Coldebella reports a Needham Line conductor felt compelled to make this announcement this morning:

Please don't crawl under the train. It's dangerous. We'll wait for you to walk around.

Ed. note: Unlike other lines, the Needham Line only has one track, at least until Forest Hills.

By - 8/6/15 - 8:04 am
Dead train at Kendall Square

Richard Rininger shows us the scene at Kendall around 7:40 a.m., when a Braintree train gasped its last:

Train broken at Kendall, everyone told to get off.