Stephen McCarthy wondered what it might be like if a rogue T locomotive headed outbound and approached the scene of one of the worst train disasters in American history - the Bussey Street bridge collapse of 1887 in Roslindale - in which a poorly constructed bridge collapsed under a train heading downtown from Dedham. Fortunately, as he illustrates, the modern locomotive's brakes worked.... Read more
A mechanical problem on an outbound Orange Line train ended with smoke in the front car and passengers ordered to evacuate at Haymarket shortly before 5:15 p.m. - bringing service towards Oak Grove to a halt and firefighters racing to the station as fast as they could during rush-hour traffic.
At 5:15 p.m., JahHills reported:
Orange line at Haymarket just came to a sudden... Read more
Concrete Plaza has daily views of the work to replace the old Government Center T stop, from somebody who works across the street.
Transit Police report arresting an out-of-towner they say used a hockey stick to threaten the driver of a 39 bus at Forest Hills and prevent riders from boarding around 7:45 p.m. on Friday.
Police continue that John Capehart, 50, of Marlborough did not willingly go with them to the penalty box:
Officers attempted to calm Capehart and ascertain what his issue was, however Capehart... Read more
To go with the simulation of riding a trolley on the new end of the Green Line, MassDOT has created this simulation of riding a bike (or walking really quickly) along the 2-mile community path it's planning.
Via Somerville Voices.
At South Station on the Red Line.
A homeless man was arraigned on a variety of charges this week after he allegedly went nuts on a Route 22 driver who let him ride for free after the fare machine wouldn't accept his dollar bills, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Donnell Flattes, 23, was charged with interfering with a bus driver, indecent assault and battery, possession of a Class D substance... Read more
The sound of gunfire outside the Mass. Ave. Orange Line station around 3 p.m. brought police racing, led to the road being shut for the investigation between St. Botolph and Columbus and a halt to Orange Line service as police searched the station for possible shooters.
Police are looking for two men seeing fleeing on bicycles towards St. Botolph. Both were black. One was in... Read more
Red Line trains at Alewife are currently playing Red Light, Green Light, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, etc.
The MBTA reports some unspecified power problem between North Station and Sullivan Square means only one track is in operation right now.
The Globe reports the driver of that ill-fated 57 bus told investigators she was in the middle of a bad sneezing fit when she nearly plunged the vehicle onto the turnpike, but that her story is kinda contradicted by surveillance video from the bus, which apparently shows her with her cell phone in her hand and which is one of the reasons she... Read more
Track problems at Park Street mean travel problems for riders heading to Mission Hill, Brighton, Brookline and Newton.
State Police report the bus crashed through a guardrail and fencing over the westbound turnpike on Washington Street this morning.
There is NO threat of bus falling down onto the Mass Pike as it has been secured by Newton Fire Department.
The westbound onramp to the turnpike is shut as well as the turnpike's right lane due to debris - and the chance... Read more
Standing at Aquarium, Matt Lowe shows us what happens when a train dies on the Blue Line, in this case around 8 p.m. outbound.
Fred Langa captured what happens when an Orange Line train derails at the Wellington yard.
A "power problem" at Fenway has riders seeing yellow instead of green this morning between Fenway and Reservoir.