Riders on the Providence Line lost at commuter-rail roulette big time this morning. A train got to Mansfield and passed to the other side - but not before riders got to sit on it for 45 minutes waiting for a pusher train that itself gave up the ghost - although it turned out it was only mostly dead and so it slogged into Mansfield with its own full complement of exasperated riders and little space in which to cram the passengers from the completely dead train, which, as soon as it was emptied, revived just enough to head back to Providence.
Measured in terms of passenger trips and customer satisfaction, the MBTA's Late Night Service Pilot Program is a success. Measured simply in dollars and cents, however, it's a failure, expected to run a $10.7 million deficit during its first year. If things don't change, it seems likely the service will be cut back, or canceled entirely.
Blue Mass. Group ponders the seeming oddity of a Republican governor wanting to increase spending on our broken public-transportation system while Democratic leaders in the House, are, at best, cool to the idea.
You know whatâ€™s â€ścrazyâ€ť? Whatâ€™s crazy is that the T doesnâ€™t work, and that the legislature doesnâ€™t really seem to care. Thatâ€™s crazy. DeLeo, Mariano and the rest of them can natter on all they want about a long-term maintenance plan and the T structure â€śand whatnot,â€ť blah blah blah. But meanwhile, maybe somebody should make sure that the trains donâ€™t catch fire.
Alert viewer Codeman38 noticed something unusual at :51 in the trailer for the newest CSI show - the T train shown above (that an FBI agent is trying to jump on it as it leaves the station is, of course, not at all odd).
But it doesn't stop there: In the alternaverse in which CSI leader Patricia Arquette explores intersectionality, they've also replaced the new MBTA system map with an even newer map in which the Green Line becomes the Blue Line, the Blue Line becomes the Purple Line and the Red Line, well, stays the Red Line, but all with the same stops you've come to know and love. The Orange Line? It turns into the Yellow Line, running between Rockwater and Cabrerra, with stops such as Mandora and San Jacomo.
Curt Nickisch phototographed this poor hawk unable to figure a way out of Alewife station around 7:30 p.m. The Animal Rescue League reports a happy ending to this tale:
Got word that the hawk was caught and moved outside.
The Globe reports Paul Barrett, the guy Charlie Baker named to head up the inquiry into the MBTA, then went on vacation on Jamaica, quit after it started asking him about his personal financial problems. The board was supposed to report back on the T by the end of March.
The Herald reports an escalator at Davis Square ripped a man's pants clear off. Fortunately, the Herald adds, he stayed cool - and had the foresight to wear blue gym shorts.
Keolis CEO Bernard Tabary, fresh off a plane from France and a meeting with the governor, today apologized for abysmal post-snow service and said that while the company is scheduling March 30 for a full restoration of service, it's going to try to get things back to normal before that.
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.
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.
Station and intersection all blocked up. Medical emergency.
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.
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.
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.
Jack Cawley reports:
I did not find this reassuring at Braintree station.