The T

By - 6/23/14 - 6:40 am
Amtrak regional train put back on tracks in Mansfield

Collision knocked engine off tracks; here it's been put back. Photo by TPD.

UPDATE: The death toll was updated late this morning, after authorities found a third body.

Two men and a woman in an SUV sitting on the Northeast Corridor tracks in Mansfield died when a Amtrak train heading to Boston slammed into the vehicle around midnight, Transit Police report.

The collision and investigating halted Acela and regional service between Boston and Providence until shortly after... Read more

By - 6/20/14 - 3:08 pm
Government Center mural

An MBTA spokesman reports T staff today contacted artist Mary Beams, who painted a series of murals installed in the Government Center T stop in 1979, after somebody who heard about the search alerted the T that she now helps run a pie bakery and restaurant in Grand Marais, MN.

The T is demolishing the current station to make way for a new... Read more

By - 6/20/14 - 12:07 pm

Around 10:30 a.m., Amanda Soler reported her outbound Worcester Line train was dead on the tracks near BU. Some 20 minutes later, she updated:

Engine has fuel leak, they're sending a 'rescue train'.

And then four minutes after that:

Rescue train not really rescuing. Will be towed BACK to Boston, trip cancelled.

Her final update, at 11:26:

Train finally moving, headed to Yawkey

... Read more
By - 6/20/14 - 9:11 am

Transit Police report arresting a man they say snatched a Red Line rider's phone at Andrew station last night, evaded the victim in a foot chase, but then proved no match for officers in cruisers.

Police say Daniel Smith, 26, of South Boston, was arrested at Gavin and Logan ways, a few blocks away from the station, after officers looking for him spotted him... Read more

By - 6/19/14 - 8:31 pm

Firefighters battling a brush fire off Bennington Street south of Orient Heights asked the T to shut down the Blue Line around 8:20 p.m., because the fire is close enough to the tracks they did not want to have to worry about what might happen should their streams of water hit the overhead electrical lines.

By - 6/19/14 - 2:54 pm
Old Government Center mural

The MBTA says it has something for artist Mary Beams: The 19 murals on wood panels she created for the Green Line platform at Government Center. Workers have carefully removed the art to make way for the new station, but won't be putting them back in.

If you are Mary Beams or you know how to locate her, please let the MBTA know by contacting

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By - 6/19/14 - 12:19 pm

Boston Magazine reports that MassPoetry has raised $10,000 to keep its Poetry on the T placards going this summer (then, in September, UMass Boston will pick up the tab).

Ed. note: Fans of public poetry should also check out the elevator banks at City Hall, where they've been posting poetry since back in the days when Tom Menino was still mayor. The current... Read more

By - 6/18/14 - 9:25 pm

A small track fire on the Green Line near Park Street tonight halted service and left some riders sitting on trains in tunnels.

At 8:36 p.m., Myron-Fletch Freeman tweeted:

Still trapped on Green Line train outside Government Center. And this city thinks it could host an Olympics .

That was more than 20 minutes after he first reported his trolley was stuck in the... Read more

By - 6/18/14 - 8:21 am

The Carmen's Union says it's not against safety, but that arbitrarily banning mere possession of a phone by T drivers is both a workplace change that requires negotiation and potentially a safety problem on its own.

In a statement, the union says it could go to court to try to block enforcement of the rule without bargaining.

Our Union is deeply disturbed by MBTA

... Read more
By - 6/17/14 - 1:53 pm
Screaming Jesus Guy on the Red Line

John Stephen Dwyer encountered Screaming Jesus Guy on the Red Line today and he was in full-throttle mode (click to hear).

SJG stands in sharp contrast to Quiet Jesus Lady, who arrives at Forest Hills station after the Jehovah's Witnesses leave for the morning and then just stands there in the lobby with her sign warning of the perils of not repenting. And he... Read more

By - 6/17/14 - 8:10 am
Crowded Davis Square Red Line stop

The scene at Davis. Photo by H.

Around 7:50 a.m., a Red Line train ascended in Elijah's whirlwind at Alewife. That was about an hour after train 804 from Providence breathed it last, leaving commuters just hanging around Mansfield until the 806 could get to them, as Joe shows:

By - 6/16/14 - 3:36 pm

The T announced today a change in employee rules under which any employee found merely possessing a cell phone on the job will be cashiered.

Previously, the T had only fired workers found using a phone and meted out a ten-day suspension for on-the-job suspension. But then came last month's crash that left a T bus dangling over the turnpike in Newton, caused... Read more

By - 6/14/14 - 6:48 pm
Dabrikas

Transit Police report officers arrested a homeless Boston man at the Harvard Square T stop around 8 p.m. yesterday after pulling him away from the teen, whom they say he was indecently assaulting.

The victim, an 18 year old autistic male, was not a willing participant and attempted to pull away from [the man].

Thomas Dabrikas, 60, was convicted of rape and abuse of... Read more

By - 6/13/14 - 7:03 pm

The ads read "Man Vs Train", and pit a 170 pound man against a 80 ton LRV ("80 tons of American Steel" is the tag line - ha ha). The ads also have a pseudo warning sign that reads "See Tracks Think Train". The LRV depicted in the ads looks similar to the ones being built for GLX, except it has red stripes instead of... Read more

By - 6/13/14 - 5:53 pm
Reserved seating on the Red Line

How much would you pay for a guaranteed seat on the way to and from work each day? Roving UHub photographer Kate got on the Red Line at Central Square this afternoon and was surprised to see a couple of empty seats with these little notes on them. Test run by the T or a joker running loose?

By - 6/13/14 - 4:31 pm

Dylan Manley was at Chinatown on the Orange Line and reports service was halted around 4:20 p.m. when a man decided to go from one platform to the other by way of the tracks:

He walked down platform on NB side, jumped onto tracks, and walked across to SB side.

The T shut power as police got the trackwalker off the tracks - which turned... Read more

By - 6/11/14 - 7:30 pm

At 7:16 p.m., Courtney Webster checked in from the 6:10 p.m. Providence Line train, which, rather than approaching Providence, had spent most of that time sitting just outside Ruggles:

Finally have a rescue train.

By - 6/11/14 - 8:38 am
Crowded platform at Davis

Riders sigh and stew at Davis. Photo by David McFadden.

Nothing like a dead train inbound at Davis to make for a fun morning commute.

By - 6/10/14 - 5:53 pm

Visualizing MBTA Data is just what it sounds like - a series of graphs based on MBTA data. I'm partial to "Subway Trips on Monday February 3, 2014," which shows a seismograph-like graph of service on each line - even without the explanation, you can quickly see when things went awry due to dead trains.

By - 6/10/14 - 5:21 pm

A guy charged with nearly disemboweling a man and slicing up a woman after an argument at the Wonderland Blue Line stop was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 at his arraignment yesterday in a Whidden Hospital room - where he is now being treated for his own chest pains - the Sufffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Matthew DeCosta, 29, is charged with armed... Read more

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