The T

By - 2/3/15 - 12:07 pm
Do Your Job T

Bryan Roy whipped up this design after this morning's MBTA snafus, with the snow and the ice and the cracking rails and the decades-old trains.

By - 2/3/15 - 9:27 am
Stuck Green Line riders at Kenmore Square

Green Line riders look for the shuttle buses promised at Kenmore. Photo by Gabi Schaffzin.

It's so bad the "next train" signs aren't working. All lines are experiencing delays, but the Red Line is the worst of them all, according to a T spokesman:

A week of constant exposure to frigid temperatures, ice, and record snowfall has taken a major toll on the MBTA's vehicles and infrastructure. Rail service, particularly on the Red Line and Commuter Rail, will be severely

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By - 2/2/15 - 7:27 pm

Sunday:
Did the MBTA’s late-night experiment really work?

Monday:
Deficit threatens late-night T service

1. Private contributions to the late night T were around $100,000 cash, mostly from old-line companies and associations such as restaurants and Suffolk again.

2. Future Boston Alliance comes off as incredibly annoying because the director berates us while --

3. -- the tech companies etc that are... Read more

By - 2/2/15 - 6:16 pm

So, we won't finance late night MBTA service for people who live and work here year round, but we'll find a way for the Olympics?

By - 2/2/15 - 4:48 pm
Red Line panorama

Red Line riders going nowhere. See it larger. Photo by David.

Whitney Rudin checks in from Park Street:

At Park St they are saying they are attempting to push a redline train up the hill at MGH. Telling all to find other ways home

Devon McGettrick reports:

Been waiting at Central for 60 min.

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By - 2/2/15 - 4:13 pm
Dead Green Line trolleys on Commonwealth Avenue

Wicked long ad-hoc trolley train

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. Now there's a cab stuck on the tracks at Packards Corner.

Shortly before 4 p.m., Beth Wolfe reported:

Stranded @ Warren for 40 min due to struck T. 4 car train push didnt help. Still stranded. Help.

Meanwhile, the Red Line is kind of dead in both directions.... Read more

By - 2/1/15 - 2:32 pm
Firefighters at Downtown Crossing

Firefighters on their way down. Photo by Jonathan Ng.

Down on the Red Line tracks at Downtown Crossing around 2:15 p.m., quickly put out and probably due to the fact that we're all slobs who throw things on the tracks all the time, or something.

By - 2/1/15 - 1:56 pm

Bravo, Emily, bravo!

Rooney confessed to being a tad nervous.

"My heart was beating out of my chest! How do I figure out the little ticket thing?"

H/t Gustavo.

By - 1/30/15 - 7:09 pm
Delays at North Station on commuter rail

Claire gives us the pigeon's eye view of a packed North Station around 6 p.m. as trains just sat there due to everything from them being superannuated to interference from Amtrak. Some delays reached 90 minutes.

By - 1/30/15 - 6:56 pm
Firefighters in Downtown Crossing

Firefighters at Downtown Crossing. Photo by Molly Hester.

Firefighters evacuated the Downtown Crossing T stop around 5:00 p.m. due to smoke on the Orange Line's Forest Hills platform, from the Orange Line train that simply sat there, emulating a doorknob.

As with yesterday's Quincy Center incident, the T blamed a puff of smoke, this time from a failed train motor.

Beyond the Horizon reports it took two hours to get... Read more

By - 1/30/15 - 8:37 am

Still narrowed lanes, trash pickups and school buses are all combining to bring a bit of downtown gridlock to this more suburban neighborhood. ColdSummer reports:

Traffic is so bad on Hyde Park Avenue MBTA bus riders are getting off and walking 3-4 blocks to Forest Hills Station.

By - 1/29/15 - 1:40 pm

An argument between two groups of teens inside Forest Hills station on Monday ended with one kid opening fire with a gun, hitting two women who had nothing to do with the beef, and missing his antagonists completely, a prosecutor said today.

West Roxbury Municipal Court Judge Mary Ann Driscoll set bail for Reginald Price, 18, of Jamaica Plain, at $50,000 for the 2... Read more

By - 1/29/15 - 7:45 am

Major delays on the Red Line this morning. At Quincy Center, a train died and one car filled with smoke. Then the doors wouldn't open. Kerstin Haley reports:

People busted open the windows to let people out.

The Orange Line is also having its problems - once you could get to the trains. JTGard6306 reports:

Oak Grove is literally biggest disaster ive ever

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By - 1/28/15 - 7:51 pm

Senator Eileen Donoghue .. claimed the high costs associated with..becoming a host city would be outweighed by the economic gains from increased tourism and business.

By - 1/28/15 - 9:09 am

The T is back and running this morning, but as they warned us: Major delays. The Red and Blue lines in particular are running express to nowhere this morning.

Will reported from a Red Line train just sitting at Harvard:

PA operator just said "If you have other options you might wanna explore them."

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By - 1/26/15 - 4:44 pm
North Station crowds in advance of the Blizzard of 2015

Crowds at North Station as North Shore trains delayed. Photo by Andrea Eberly.

UPDATE, 5:50 p.m. The Red Line surrendered in advance of the storm and is now just dead.

With those three words, the National Weather Service begins its latest report on the impending snowpocageddon, one its forecasters say could re-shape parts of the coastline with winds and waves punching out new inlets.

Later in the discussion, the NWS adds:

ITS BOMBOGENESIS BABY!

Downtown emptied early... Read more

By - 1/23/15 - 9:37 am
Central Square crush on the MBTA Red Line

Bill Palin shows us the scene at Central Square around 9:30 a.m., as passengers wonder if they'll ever get to their destinations due to a train that went to its final destination at Harvard Square.

Coupled with a dead trolley on the Green Line, the Orange Line problems and inexplicably overpacked Blue Line trains, it was a rare superfecta on the T... Read more

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