City councilors want to begin working with the MBTA to see if all the computerized traffic lights the city has been installing could be used to improve bus service. Read more.
A MassDOT report concludes the driver of the infamous train was to blame for it heading towards town by itself, but notes the T is also aiming to fix the condition that led him to leave the train in the first place - problems with an old cabling system leased from Verizon that was making signals fail and trains stop on the tracks south of North Quincy. Read more.
State officials say they've had to push back replacement of the aging Comm. Ave. bridge over the turnpike by a year because of design mistakes by an engineering firm working on the project.
The delay, however, means the state is increasing the number of open lanes in each direction on the turnpike under the bridge from three to four lanes. Read more.
Effective March 18, the Globe reports.
The T reports "minor" delays on the Blue Line due to a switch problem. Kate Donaghey watched workers manually operate a switch at Airport. She adds:
Train arrived northbound, pulled up a bit, they switched the tracks and the train came back Bowdoin bound. Waited about 12mins today.
MassDOT says reductions in overtime and other costs mean the T should end the current fiscal year $75 million under budget - money that will immediately go towards plugging a budget deficit that starts July 1. Read more.
Transit Police have released a photo of a guy they say spit at a T bus driver on a 442 bus near Central Square in Lynn shortly before 6 p.m. on Feb. 15.
If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050, or send an anonymous text tip to 873873.
Some sort of power problem at Back Bay means the T is urging people headed for downtown points to use the Green Line instead. Meanwhile, The Management reports:
Stuck at Aquarium and i can't even see the penguins. Blue Line delay due to "signal problem" at Orient Heights.
Tonight's commuter-rail tale of woe comes from Jennifer Emmaline, who thought her train from Worcester to Boston would leave at 7:50 p.m., only to learn that a) An Amtrak train that got to Union Station, looked around and decided that was as good a place as any to just die and b) The solution turned out to be to connect that train to her train, which would then try to pull it all the way to South Station. Read more.
More signal problems, this time at Alewife. J Patience reports:
I boarded at Park between 6 - 6:05. Now starting to stand by at Harvard. 6:47.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a trial for a man charged with reckless endangerment of a child after he was allegedly caught drunkenly stumbling down the Kingston/Plymouth Line with his 11-year-old son.
A district-court judge had tossed the charge - but left standing another criminal complaint for violating a law against walking on train tracks - saying prosecutors had failed to prove that David Coggeshall knew he was putting his son at risk as they ambled down the tracks in 2013.
The state's highest court ruled, in essence: Please. Read more.
But the State House News Service reports he won't be doing that anymore - he retired.
Just got these alerts from the T within about 30 seconds of each other:
Delay: Haverhill Train 219 (6:20 pm from North Station) is stopped at Melrose Highlands due to a vehicle on the tracks near Greenwood Station.
Delay: Haverhill Train 274 (6:38 pm inbound) will depart Reading Station behind schedule due to a vehicle on the tracks near Greenwood Station.
Wonder if the driver was related to that woman in Andover Sunday morning, or was just another person putting blind faith in their GPS.
They also seem to prefer artistic merit over functionality, as they propose to duplicate the design elsewhere.
All on the taxpayer's dime, of course.
Today, Tower 1 is a shed, basically, but it once was an actual three-story tower in the middle of all the tracks funneling towards South Station. Installed in 1899, it handled the more than 700 trains that once came into and left what was once the busiest train station in the country, using hand-cranked levers to control pneumatic tubes that changed the
settings of switches in the station's large "interlocking," where trains could be guided from one set of tracks to another. Read more.