The T

By - 5/22/16 - 8:40 am
MBTA commuter rail train in Cambridge

JB Parrett watched a train go by in Cambridge the other evening.

By - 5/20/16 - 5:52 pm

WBUR reports a federal muckymuck says simpler, less expensive plans for the Green Line Extension seem OK with her.

Federal approval is vital since without it, we'll lose roughly $1 billion in money for the extension. Of course, the state is still playing the Dread Pirate Roberts role - "Good night, Green Line Extension, good work, sleep well, I'll most likely kill you in the morning."

By - 5/19/16 - 8:55 pm
Hubway bike on the Orange Line

Sarah Kaney noticed a sad Hubway bike abandoned on the Orange Line this evening.

By - 5/16/16 - 1:38 pm

Transit Police charge a man who'd parked in such a way to block an Allston bus stop just could not deal with the fact that forced a bus driver to block him in to let passengers off at the stop, so he went up to the driver's window and punched it hard enough to shatter it, showering the bus driver in glass shards, some of them possibly landing in his eye. Read more.

By - 5/16/16 - 7:43 am

The delays have been reduced from "moderate" to "minor" on the inbound Red Line due to a train that let Elijah carry it upward at Shawmut.

By - 5/14/16 - 11:11 am

Laura Keith reported around 10:50 a.m.:

Ummm. There's a big slab of raw meat on the stairs at the Washington St entrance to Tufts Medical Center station.

The T replies:

We are sending a cleaner to take care of this asap.

By - 5/14/16 - 6:52 am
MBTA workers repair busted switch near Park Street on the Green Line

Photo by MBTA.

The MBTA reports the Green Line should be back to normal this morning after a crew worked overnight to repair the balky switch that waylaid a trolley entering Park Street yesterday.

By - 5/13/16 - 8:57 am

The T is now busing Green Line riders between BC and Babcock because of a trolley that died of unnatural causes.

By - 5/12/16 - 4:36 pm

Peter Wilson reports the Franklin Line's newfound slowness is due to the way somebody drove a cement truck into a bridge carrying the line in Walpole.

By - 5/12/16 - 3:57 pm

The T is announcing "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to a train that's fallen and can't get up at Alewife.

By - 5/12/16 - 1:30 pm
Car on Green Line tracks in Allston

"Expect some delays," Z writes after seeing the inbound wreck around 1:15 p.m. Amy Deveau reports the car managed to block both sides of the B Line.

By - 5/9/16 - 4:50 pm

After he was charged with spray painting his tag on the old trolleys at Boylston station, police say, Marc Meadowcroft of Revere promised to never do it again. In exchange, authorities agreed to a plea deal that kept him out of jail.

He lied, police say. Read more.

By - 5/9/16 - 1:12 pm
Ball Square proposed Green Line station

Ball Square proposal, then and now. See it larger.

MBTA and MassDOT staff today presented plans for a $2.3-billion Green Line Extension that would keep the originally planned seven stations but would eliminate amenities such as fully enclosed waiting rooms, escalators and, at several stations, elevators and stairs. Read more.

By - 5/9/16 - 12:44 pm
Bank robbery suspect led out of Central Square

Suspect being led out of Central Square T stop. Photo by MBTA.

A man who robbed the Cambridge Savings Bank at 630 Mass. Ave. in Central Square around noon tried escaping on the Red Line.

That was a mistake, police say. Read more.

By - 5/9/16 - 10:40 am
Car smashed into pole on trolley tracks in Brighton

Mike shows us what it looks like when a car hits a pole on the Green Line along Comm. Ave. at Sutherland Road.

By - 5/8/16 - 3:56 pm

Transit Police report a man in his mid-50s was hit by an outbound train at Broadway around 2:35 p.m.

He suffered serious injuries but is expected to live, police say. Police declined to say how he wound up on the tracks.

Red Line service was replaced by buses until the completion of the investigation.

By - 5/7/16 - 12:40 pm

Tiny Tracks is a documentary, debuting this week, about a woman who has to decide what to do about her late husband's opus: A Boston model-streetcar system he built over 20 years in their Toronto basement. The CBC interviewed her.

Ed. question: Is that the Watertown car barn in one scene?

H/t John Keith.

By - 5/6/16 - 7:51 am

For the second day in a row, riders on the Haverhill Line will be way late getting into Boston, thanks to train 200, which proved to be the little train that couldn't and had to be "assisted into Boston," as the T puts it, by train 202.

You don't want weasels near machinery.

By - 5/5/16 - 11:19 pm

The Cambridge Civic Journal has the statement from Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Cambridge City Manager Richard Rossi for a pledge of $75 million - $50 million from Somerville and $25 million from Cambridge - toward the cost of building the Green Line Extension from Lechmere towards Medford: Read more.

By - 5/5/16 - 5:50 pm

Ed. note: I've changed the headline on this post. Although it sounds like a good bet the kids in question were BLS students - they got off the same train that BLS students take - as people have noted in the comments, there is a chance they could go to some other school.

So many Boston Latin School students who live in Roslindale and West Roxbury board the 3 p.m. Needham train at Ruggles that the train's conductor sets aside two cars just for them.

This afternoon, an Asian-American BLS student who lives in West Roxbury got off the train, as she does most days, at the Lagrange Street stop. She reports what happened as she walked down Dent Street: Read more.