B Line

By - 4/14/16 - 3:07 pm
Students march for adjunct professors at BU

Kanye Wes shows us a Commonwealth Avenue shut down by Boston University students supporting a bid by adjunct professors for higher pay, better working conditions.

By - 3/24/16 - 12:52 pm
Smouldering switch on Green Line tracks along Commonwealth Avenue

Around 12:40 p.m., debris sitting atop a switch on the inbound Green Line tracks just before Blandford started to smoulder and then just plain out began burning. From inside an inbound trolley, Lucas Neves watched a T inspector try to deal with the situation before Boston firefighters arrived to douse the hot mess.

By - 12/29/15 - 1:32 pm
Silver Line buses take the place of Green Line trolleys in Brighton

Now batting for the Green Line: The Silver Line. Photo by Scottie Campbell.

The T is reporting "severe" delays on the B Line due to a "power problem" near Chestnut Hill Avenue. The buses are rolling between Babcock and BC.

By - 11/13/15 - 10:03 pm

BU Today reports on the impending work to buttress the bridge over the turnpike and train tracks, which is falling apart enough to force the shutdown of the B Line this past summer.

By - 9/12/15 - 5:36 pm
Commonwealth Avenue closed

UPDATE: WCVB reports somebody dropped off a bag at Goodwill, said it had a bomb in it. By 6 p.m., police had determined it did not.

Crash Safety shows us the 900 block of Commonwealth Avenue around 5 p.m. after it was evacuated due to a suspicious package.

By - 8/25/15 - 7:05 pm
Commonwealth Avenue argument between SUV driver and trolley driver

After trying, but failing, to cut off a trolley at Linden Street and Comm. Ave. around 6:30 p.m., the driver of the Escalade could have backed off, let the trolley, and the other trolley coming from the other direction, through, then been on his way. But, no, of course not. As URNotinvisible shows, the guy got out of his land yacht and began yelling at the T driver.

As of 7 p.m., the T reported no problems due to yelling people standing on tracks, so presumably this particular logjam has been fixed (you didn't, however, ask about the signal problems at Park Street).

By - 8/17/15 - 1:52 pm
Derailed Green line trolley on Commonwealth Avenue

Off-the-rails B trolley. Photo by John Battaglino.

UPDATE: Service restored at 3:30 p.m.

The T is telling B Line riders to take the 57 bus instead between Kenmore Square and Packards Corner, due to a trolley with wheels that no longer fully rest on the tracks.

By - 8/10/15 - 9:13 am

BatHedge watched the smoke around 9 p.m. on a BC-bound B trolley at Park Street. The T is now reporting "minor" delays.

By - 7/18/15 - 10:31 pm
Woman pointing at giant hole at Brighton trolley stop

The pointing problem finder of Brighton points out another problem, at the Green Line stop at Comm. Ave. and Washington Street:

Horrible little pothole on the MBTA just perfect for taking out a little old lady.

Earlier pointed complaints:
Giant red ball.
Fallen sign.

By - 7/10/15 - 3:55 pm
Broken track on the Green Line

Where the track is whack. Photo by Turlach MacDonagh.

It's buses all the way down from Kenmore to Packards Corner due to a track problem, the T reports.

By - 6/15/15 - 9:02 pm

An MBTA inspector was injured at the Harvard Avenue stop on the B Line around 7 p.m. A spokesman says: Read more.

By - 6/15/15 - 6:31 pm

Seems a driver didn't spot that tiny little trolley heading outbound in time and so ran into it at Comm. Ave. and St. Paul shortly after 6 p.m. No injuries, but service was, of course, disrupted until about 6:30.

By - 2/18/15 - 9:11 am
Snowed in Green Line in Allston

The Green Line at Harvard Avenue this morning. Photo by Colin Moore.

State Sen. Will Brownsberger, who represents Allston/Brighton, reports he contacted MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott yesterday afternoon about the fact that the Green Line continues not to run down Comm. Ave. On an Allston/Brighton mailing list, he posts Scott's reply:

Promise you we are working very hard on overall Recovery Plan - this is a complicated section for us - but definitely not forgotten. It will be some time next week but cannot say yet with certainty. Will have a realistic goal [by end of Wednesday].

By - 2/2/15 - 4:13 pm
Dead Green Line trolleys on Commonwealth Avenue

Wicked long ad-hoc trolley train

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. Now there's a cab stuck on the tracks at Packards Corner.

Shortly before 4 p.m., Beth Wolfe reported:

Stranded @ Warren for 40 min due to struck T. 4 car train push didnt help. Still stranded. Help.

Meanwhile, the Red Line is kind of dead in both directions.

By - 10/20/14 - 7:49 am

The MBTA holds a meeting Thursday on a proposal to "consolidate the BU West, St. Paul, Babcock, and Pleasant stops into two fully accessible stations that will help reduce travel times and improve safety."

The session begins at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon room at the BPL main library in Copley Square.

By - 10/3/14 - 11:11 am
Truck on fire on Commonwealth Avenue at Boston University

A sewage vacuum truck caught fire around 10:40 a.m. on Comm. Ave. near Amory Street, sending a plume of black smoke into the air before firefighters arrived to douse the flames.

Mark Vantour shows us the smoke. Jared Bancroft shows us the remains of the truck:

By - 7/25/14 - 9:09 am

The Red Line and the Green Line (C in particular) have had better mornings, as have their riders.

And speaking of the Green Line, at 11, some folks will see if they can outrun the Green Line between BC and Blandford Street. Watch them live.

By - 5/16/14 - 8:36 am

Waiting for a B trolley? At 8:20, Douglas Tetrault reported:

B line train just took the front end off a car crossing the South Street tracks. B-liners beware

"Expect delay," Transit Police confirm.

By - 5/8/14 - 4:41 pm
Bus on Green Line tracks in Allston

Carli Velocci photographed the bus that is now preventing outbound B Line trolleys from moving in Allston.

How the bus wound up there is under investigation by Veolia Transportation, which runs BPS buses, a BPS spokesman said.

We believe there were five students on board when it happened. Everyone is fine and another school bus already came to pick them up and take them home.

Michael Tousley shows us another view of the blockage: