The T

By - 11/17/15 - 5:23 pm

Tl;dr: Blame the dreaded wheel slip and compressor fault failure for a cascading series of delays on the Franklin Line yesterday morning.

By - 11/16/15 - 8:46 am

What the T describes as "minor" delays inbound on the D Line has turned into a 20-25-minute wait, Suzannishly reports.

By - 11/14/15 - 5:28 pm

Red Line riders say they appreciated the driver on their train who provided them with a unique way to remember the Paris victims today. As Anulfo Baez reports:

Really moved by this MBTA conductor welcoming people/announcing stops in French. "In honor of our friends...."

A T spokesman says:

The MBTA is very proud of Motor Person Michael Tsoukalas, who has been with the T for 20 years. A dedicated employee such as Michael represents all that is good about public service.

By - 11/13/15 - 10:03 pm

BU Today reports on the impending work to buttress the bridge over the turnpike and train tracks, which is falling apart enough to force the shutdown of the B Line this past summer.

By - 11/12/15 - 10:50 pm

Kyle Geiste discovers the Orange Line car that features a display of "thousands of dead mosquitoes and flies" embedded in glass between the passenger area and the driver's compartment.

Amelia McJerk reports she's been seeing that display for years now:

I'm almost sentimental about it at this point.

By - 11/12/15 - 4:20 pm
New MBTA subway cars

The MBTA has released what it says are the actual votes by people who care about the paint schemes for new cars on the Red and Orange Lines, and this time, they say, people voted for the same basic scheme for both, just in different colors, for the cars, which could be in service in a few years. Read more.

By - 11/12/15 - 6:28 am

Peter Gelzinis reports how a BPD officer thanking the man on the bus at Columbia Road and Stoughton Street for his service put him at ease and let police disarm him.

By - 11/10/15 - 9:24 pm
By - 11/10/15 - 3:54 pm
New paint schemes for Red, Orange and Green Line trains

Winners.

UPDATE: The Globe reports it's Florida all over again: The T has put the vote into abeyance until it can examine apparent voting irregularities.

Well, actually three winners. The MBTA has selected the final paint schemes for the new Green, Orange, and Red Line cars:

http://blog.mass.gov/transportation/mbta/mbta-public-selections-for-new-...

By - 11/10/15 - 3:05 pm

Outbound trolley halted by protesters.

About 50 Northeastern students protesting in support of higher wages for both adjunct professors and people who make the minimum wage blocked the E Line at Forsyth Street for several speeches and chants this afternoon. Read more.

By - 11/10/15 - 2:25 pm

to run the E line, they seem to have the darndest trouble. The latest issue, as per this T alert:

Green Line E branch service suspended between Prudential and Heath Street in both directions due to demonstrators blocking the tracks. Use Route 39 for service between Prudential and Heath Street.

As a point of comparison, MassDOT didn't detour traffic off of I-93 at exits when the Somerville 17 blocked it. They let the police move the protesters off the highway instead. Too bad the MBTA apparently doesn't have the common sense to do similar here.

By - 11/10/15 - 8:03 am
Knitting on the MBTA

Some T riders read, some snooze and some stitch. Lovekoan shows us the dish cloth she's working on as she rides the Green Line and wonders what other T stitchers are working on.

By - 11/9/15 - 7:18 am

UPDATE: Some lines not affected by the signal problems are late because of the dreaded slippery rail.

The T is reporting delays on trains from the south due to Amtrak signal problems. And trains that would normally stop at Ruggles just aren't.

Also, trains decided it was Judgment Day on the Green and Red Lines and so gave up the ghost.

By - 11/9/15 - 7:13 am

WBZ reports an outbound trolley died in the tunnel near Copley around 1:30 p.m. yesterday, forcing riders to be evacuated back to the station and bollixing up service for everybody else.

By - 11/8/15 - 12:32 pm

Boston Reddit held an Ask Me Anything with a T bus driver yesterday.

By - 11/6/15 - 4:30 pm
Bunny on the Blue Line

UPDATE: Transit Police remind silly rabbits that seats are for kids.

Tamas K-L noticed the fuzzy family (a bunny and two cats, plus their human tenders) hurtling towards Wonderland this afternoon. No word if the woman is named Alice or if the rabbit was late.

Earlier:
Bunny on the B Line.

By - 11/4/15 - 8:20 pm
Working on the Government Center MBTA station

Two workers finished up installation of one wall of the new glass panels at the Government Center T station today.

By - 11/4/15 - 3:58 pm
Salvation Army bell ringer in Downtown Crossing

Downtown Crossing bell ringer today. Photo by Craig Caplan.

It's barely the first week in November, and we already have a bell-ringer sighting.

MBTA North Station subway concourse about 3:40 pm.

Sure, the Army does some very good work. But do us all a favor and wait another six weeks before ringing your bells.

By - 11/3/15 - 9:14 am

MBTA Trains lets you click on a commuter-rail line and see where the trains are.

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