The T

The T

By - 2/26/15 - 12:43 pm

But, his people assure the Globe, they have telephones down there, and it's not like the commission doesn't have an entire month to report back to the governor.

By - 2/25/15 - 2:51 pm

The Herald reports that Highway chief Frank DePaola will take over from Beverly Scott at the embattled MBTA until a permanent general manager is named. Scott said she would resign in April, but DePaola's appointment starts next week.

By - 2/25/15 - 10:04 am

Station and intersection all blocked up. Medical emergency.

By - 2/25/15 - 8:36 am
Dead train at South Station on the Red Line

Molly Lanzarotta was among those crammed into South Station on the Red Line around 8:15 a.m., where a train tried but failed to come to grips with its own mortality.

By - 2/23/15 - 9:37 pm

Firefighters responded to South Station shortly before 9:30 p.m. for a trash fire on the outbound side of the Red Line. The fire was not on the tracks, it was quickly blasted with some water and that was that, except for the smell of smoke and the delays on the Red Line.

By - 2/23/15 - 4:38 pm

Buried in the latest edition of the MBTA's winter service-update page today is a "special message to our valued customers" from T General Manager Beverly Scott (still on the job until April) that includes this:

Understandably, given the extended duration of our severe weather challenges, a number of questions have been raised regarding fare reimbursement, including a range of suggestions.

On March 3rd, MBTA staff will review a series of options with the Finance Committee of the MassDOT Board of Directors.

By - 2/22/15 - 7:41 pm
Shovels at Braintree station on the Red Line

Jack Cawley reports:

I did not find this reassuring at Braintree station.

By - 2/21/15 - 11:33 pm
The snow farm will sink

A local artist going by Blizzard2015 has started a graphic novella about a doomed city on the North Atlantic: T-Tanic.

By - 2/21/15 - 11:17 pm

Updated.

A woman was hit and killed by an outbound Orange Line train shortly after 11 p.m.

The T cut power so that firefighters and EMTs could try to remove the woman, who initially was still breathing when they got to her, but the medical examiner was requested around 11:40 p.m.

Transit Police report the victim was 29. Foul play is not suspected.

Other recent incidents:

By - 2/20/15 - 7:33 pm

Central Square on the Red Line right now is just full of Cambridge firefighters bearing hoses. There's a hazmat truck on Mass. Ave. A train in the station was evacuated. The T is warning of moderate delays due to "Cambridge Fire Department activity."

Evacuation photo.

By - 2/20/15 - 6:33 pm

Around 5:50 p.m., Ryan McGee reported:

What a difference a day has made: North Station crowds normal at 6 pm for first time in weeks.

Danielle Dulcinos responds:

Pretty similar scene at South Station. Only minor delays it seems and thin crowds. Eerie.

Yesterday:

By - 2/20/15 - 5:06 pm

from the fact you're cancelling trains. Just don't post the cancelled trains on your information board. At least that's what Keolis did this afternoon, as the board at North Station now shows fewer trains, instead of showing the full schedule with the notation "Cancelled" next to those trains they don't run under the "modified winter schedule".

Not sure if I totally approve of the idea, but it might be better if they indicated at the bottom of the board that they are currently running a limited schedule, lest some passengers look at the board and think "I could've sworn there was a train to Beverly at 5:55."

By - 2/20/15 - 12:34 pm

It's supposed to file a report by the end of March on how to get us "the 21st-century transportation that we all deserve," Baker said at a press conference. "We cannot continue to do the same thing and expect a different result."

Stephanie Pollack, transportation secretary, said the panel will also look at long-term fixes for the "structural problems that have led the T to where it is today."

Baker said that while he'll leave the heavy lifting to the commission, he will be making surprise visits to T stations and other facilities to try to get a handle on what's going on.

By - 2/20/15 - 11:01 am
Snow tunnel at Wellington station on the Orange Line.

Boston Bike Party show us the tunnel a determined group of bicyclists with shovels dug out of a snow mound at the Wellington T stop - where the T dumped snow right on a bike path.

By - 2/20/15 - 10:18 am
Alice Donovan handing out optimism tickets at Park Street

Roving UHub photographer Ted Dillon caught up with Alice Donovan handing out more of her Boston Transit Therapy Authority tickets at Park Street this morning.

By - 2/20/15 - 9:23 am

Nick Puleo is livetweeting his commute this morning on a ferry from Hingham. After leaving paint on the ice, the ferry got stuck and now a tug from New Jersey is trying to pull the boat out.

He adds:

Heard on the ferry: "I'd rather die on this boat than sit on the GD commuter rail"

By - 2/19/15 - 8:43 pm

WHDH has some details on the fight of the century on an outbound Greenbush Line train this afternoon.

By - 2/19/15 - 5:50 pm
Crowded North Station

We started seeing reports of pleasant rides on the T today. Except from commuter-rail riders, who continue to find themselves jammed into stations waiting for trains that never come, or leave, or, who knows, even exist at all. Claire Blechman was among those trying to get into North Station this evening.

By - 2/19/15 - 12:21 pm

For what it's worth, I got this e-mail from Keolis earlier

February 19, 2015
A letter to our MBTA Commuter Rail passengers:

Since the beginning of the year, commuter rail passengers have faced delays, cancellations and overly crowded trains related primarily to weather and mechanical issues on MBTA Commuter Rail. And while the storms we faced were historic, service has deteriorated. Some of you are still experiencing on-time trains, but many of you have not.

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