Preservation of Affordable Housing and Nuestra Comunidad Development Corp. recently filed detailed plans for their 135-unit apartment building on what is now a parking lot next to the Mattapan trolley station. Read more.
The MBTA reports "moderate" delays because of a trolley at Milton that just refuses to budge.
The Dorchester Reporter reports the money will keep the Mattapan Line's historic trolleys running while the T figures out what to do to maintain service in the long run.
WFXT reports on the incident at Cedar Grove involving a man who didn't have any money but didn't want to get off the trolley.
Our own Jim Sullivan writes about a recent tour he and Mattapan Line driver Tim Murphy gave a Japanese reporter and some transit enthusiasts and wonders why the T doesn't promote the PCC ride as a tourist attraction:
The Mattapan-Ashmont line is a true tourist attraction. Drivers like Tim Murphy love to show it off. Why the T doesn’t better promote one of its true gems is the real puzzler.
This MBTA video from Milton shows a Mattapan Line driver tying up a leashed dog that had followed a passenger to the station so it wouldn't get hurt - and the owner showing up to find the dog just as the trolley pulls away. Around 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
The MBTA board today officially designated a pair of non-profit groups to build 135 residential units - 69 marketed as affordable - on what is now an underused parking lot for the trolley station in Mattapan Square. Read more.
We don't hear much about the Mattapan High-Speed Line - those 1940s-era trolleys just take a lickin' and keep on tickin', but this afternoon the T is warning of "moderate" delays due to a trolley that switched to the tracks across the river Styx.
Possible good news for fans of old trolleys: The Dorchester Reporter reports MassDOT has included $9 million in a five-year capital plan for rehabbing the Mattapan High-Speed Line's PCC trolleys, rather than replacing them with buses or something.
The Dorchester Reporter reports T officials realize they need to spend the money even if they decide to just ditch the old PCC cars because replacing them will take time.
Forest Hills became the end of the line in more ways than one for one Orange Line train. Also, a Mattapan trolley exhaled its last at Ashmont. The T reports both lines are now moving again.
Our own Suldog makes the case for preserving the historic trolleys that run between Ashmont and Mattapan Square.
Peter Howe at NECN reports the T is getting tired of the expense of maintaining heirloom trolleys from the 1940s when it has billions of dollars worth of unmet needs and so replacing the trolleys with electric buses is "on the table."
The Herald reports comments by Frank DiPaola about that $80+ million in spending on new third rails, switch heaters and the like. Plus, they've got prisoners standing by to shovel out major snowfalls.
The Herald story is running on a morning when a train died on the Red Line, a trolley stopped functioning on the Mattapan Line and signal problems caused delays on the Blue Line.
State officials tonight released a schedule for re-opening currently shut subway segments. The Red Line will be extended to North Quincy on Friday, followed by Braintree on Monday, along with B trolleys on the Green Line. The Mattapan Line will remain shut until Friday, Feb. 27.
However, officials cautioned:
Reduced train counts due to the unprecedented winter storms will result in longer wait times and some crowding in the short term.
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