MBTA

By - 8/21/08 - 4:40 pm

They might wish to have a word with the MBCR's commuter-rail conductors. From a Worcester-line rider's note to the MBCR about a late train on Aug. 14:

... It's bad enough to have your trains arrive over 30 minutes late with no signage indicating so at the station! The female conductor did not even bother to collect fares. I asked another passenger who boarded

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By - 8/18/08 - 10:58 am

Since when are the MBTA Transit Police allowed to make traffic stops on Huntington Avenue? Spotted at ~10:10, between South Huntington and Mission Hill (nowhere near a bus stop or any other MBTA property, and no buses or trolleys in sight, either): male and female officers from one of the "wagon" Transit Police units, inspecting the license of a driver and speaking to her.

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By - 7/24/08 - 12:25 pm

For a long time, and likely longer than most would like to remember, the River Street Bridge over Mother Brook (that run down cement bridge by Kelly Field) has been in need of repair or replacement, and has long had a restriction on one side which has been outlined by "Jersey Barriers."

Sometime last night, people on e-distribution for Police District E-18 got a message... Read more

By - 7/16/08 - 6:35 pm

The Kenmore bus station is finally getting its scaly glass skin.

IMAGE(http://lh5.ggpht.com/sean.roche/SH51h1NP0CI/AAAAAAAAAzU/ih9SjsHOK80/s400/IMG_2565.JPG)... Read more

By - 5/5/08 - 6:17 pm

Another step forward for the Somerville Green Line: State transportation folks announced this afternoon proposed stops in Somerville and Medford (sort of). The Cambridge Chronicle has the list.

By - 3/28/08 - 10:31 pm

Every time I walk by the AT&T store in Central Square, I notice the snide, laser-printed signs in the window:

"AT&T IS NOT A PLACE TO WAIT FOR THE BUS."

And, technically, it's true. AT&T is, of course, a communications company. "A place to wait for the bus" is less of a "communications company", and more of a "location". Tougher to brand, too, though Wall's... Read more

By - 3/26/08 - 10:55 pm

After yesterday's crash, a Commuter Rail-riding friend (who was not on that train) got this email today from the powers that be:

Subject: Providence/Stoughton Disruption 3.25.2008

TO ALL OUR PROVIDENCE / STOUGHTON LINE CUSTOMERS

By - 1/31/08 - 12:58 pm

There's no way to summarize Mike Mennonno's post about getting from Somerville to Boston Medical Center by MBTA bus, so just go read it.

By - 10/12/07 - 9:33 am
By - 4/16/07 - 1:46 pm

The T Riders Union (TRU), a public transit riders advocacy group, is holding a rally in front of the State House tomorrow to protest the T's ballooning debt that keeps shoveling the burden onto riders in the form of 3 fare hikes in 6 years.

Riders calling for the State legislature to pass MBTA debt relief legislation and will be joined by co-sponsors of the... Read more

By - 3/30/07 - 5:09 pm

Three men spotted fleeing bus after 3:50 p.m. shooting in Grove Hall.

Update: Victim dies.

By - 1/9/07 - 7:33 pm

Charlie on the MBTA has links on the accident. So does Bad Transit, but with added fuming.

By - 10/4/06 - 12:05 pm

Sick of poor service, uneven automated fare collection machine implementation, and rising fares? Think the new fare increases (from $1.25 to $2.25 cash) are outrageous?

The T Riders Union (TRU) is going to march on the MBTA tomorrow at 12:30pm at MBTA Headquarters (10 Park Plaza, intersection of Park and Charles.) Frustrated riders who are trying to prevent increase of 29-83% to cash and Charlie... Read more

By - 2/24/06 - 8:12 am

Rising fuel costs, expanding debt, steady ridership to blame.

Woman Spouts BabyHmm, why do you think T ridership hasn't increased despite the recent run-up in gasoline prices? Regular T commuter Gary McGath has a possible answer:

... The MBTA offers riders inadequate parking, overcrowded trains, cars that are often freezing or broiling

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By - 2/15/06 - 9:34 pm

John of the Boston Real Estate Blog shares a delightfully amusing yet scary story about another part of the green line.

So, I was walking from Coolidge Corner down Beacon Street, toward Boston, last night, and I heard from across the street a sudden “thump, thump … thump, thump” to my side... It sounded a lot like a car would if

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By - 1/20/06 - 12:35 pm

The number two item in the MBTA customer bill of rights reads: Your safety is our top priority. If we are not performing to your standards, please 'write to the top'. Top level management will respond. Given my interest in personal safety and experiences with the T, I had the opportunity to try this out.

To me, riding the T is usually painless, but getting... Read more

By - 10/9/05 - 8:27 pm

BadTransit notes all the MBTA buses catching fire of late:

That's 4 buses in the past 5 weeks. We'd call that a bit terrifying.

At the same time, one of the companies that makes T buses might be about to go bankrupt.... Read more

By - 9/30/05 - 4:29 pm

Although the man/train accident was at Park Street, commuters elsewhere on the line report the same sort of chaos that broke out there. In a letter to T officials, Goose details what happened at Downtown Crossing:

The Red Line train I was on was stopped about 20 yards short of the platform at Downtown Crossing. We were held there without light or ventilation

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By - 9/20/05 - 5:11 pm

Mr. Mac describes what happened when a Red Line train, stuck in the tunnel for quite some time at rush hour, pulled into Park Street and discharged passengers this morning:

... Instead of letting people on the train, the conductor kept closing and opening the doors in a chopping fashion, striking the passengers entering the train with no warning. This went on for a

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By - 9/16/05 - 3:45 pm

Filmgirl99 is waiting at the Fenway commuter stop when the train comes barrelling through and doesn't stop - again:

... The MBTA service is getting worse and worse these past couple of months. Usually they just try to avoid picking up passengers, by having the same bitchy conductress yell impatiently through the loudspeakers that there's another train coming right behind this one. She knows

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