The T

By - 10/19/16 - 1:02 pm

WGBH reports on comments by US Rep. Seth Moulton on why he supports the North-South Rail Link between North and South stations. State officials have long said, nah, let's expand South Station, even though they've yet to convince the Postal Service to move out of its current facility there.

By - 10/19/16 - 8:26 am

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.

By - 10/18/16 - 9:59 am
Bus in a condo building in South Boston

Eileen Murphy happened upon this Southie storrowing on East 1 Street around 8 last night. No injuries, at least.

Jason Muth reports the driver may have been trying to get around a large truck on the other side of the street.

By - 10/17/16 - 10:04 am
Commonwealth Avenue in Boston at sunrise

Jonathan Levitt was up and at 'em on Commonwealth Avenue this morning.

By - 10/16/16 - 5:41 pm

We thought the 34E between Forest Hills and Walpole was a long route, but Jason Rabinowitz reports today that he saw a yellow-and-white bus with a destination sign of "Harvard" in Valley Stream, NY (it borders Queens - which also has a Forest Hills). So the T is testing out a really long new route, the driver got horribly lost, somebody stole a T bus and drove it 200+ miles or the T has sent buses down there for repairs.

By - 10/14/16 - 2:02 pm

At 1:35 p.m., the MBTA sent out this tweet:

Lowell Train 319 (1:15 pm outbound) is operating 15-25 minutes behind schedule between North Station and Lowell due to terminal congestion.

By - 10/13/16 - 9:12 am

The Globe reports on seven derailments last year and five this year.

By - 10/12/16 - 2:24 pm

The T had to halt Orange Line service in both directions at Back Bay around 2:10 p.m. when a man went for a walk on the tracks towards Tufts. Transit Police officers found the wayward soul and escorted him to a waiting cruiser for a ride down to TPD headquarters for a little booking action.

By - 10/11/16 - 10:24 am

UPDATE: The power problem is on account of the third rail catching fire.

From the T web page:

Orange Line notice: Due to a power problem at Malden Center, please board on the northbound platforms between Oak Grove and Wellington for northbound and southbound service.

A shuttle train will operate in both directions between Oak Grove and Wellington Stations. Please board on the northbound platforms.

Affected stops:
Oak Grove
Malden Center
Wellington

Last Updated: 10/11/2016 10:16:15 AM

By - 10/11/16 - 9:03 am

WBZ reports that's one possibility for dealing with South Boston bus stops that are bursting at the seams - although state Rep. Nick Collins, who suggested the idea said the real answer is more bus service.

By - 10/10/16 - 10:36 am

The BWSC's rain tally-o-matic shows Matthew-inspired precip levels for yesterday that range from 1.85 inches in subtropical Hyde Park and Adams Street in Dorchester to 1.49 inches in the Longwood Medical Area and Allston.

Of course, that rain has to go somewhere - like, oh, the Park Street Red Line platform.

By - 10/7/16 - 5:38 pm

The T is reporting the dreaded severe delays on the Red Line inbound due to a train whose poor heart gave out at Andrew.

By - 10/7/16 - 12:06 pm

Just got this alert:

Northbound Orange Line trains will use reduced speeds from Back Bay to Tufts Medical Center

By - 10/6/16 - 8:37 pm

Miles on the MBTA, who usually tries to find the good in even the dowdiest T stop, finds absolutely nothing worthwhile about pitiful Hastings, a tiny little stop on the Fitchburg Line in Weston, right down to the Sharpie-drawn station sign on a plank of wood:

They...they even drew a little sign around "Hastings" and gave the MBTA website and everything! So...this is the signage. THIS IS THE ONLY INDICATION THAT PEOPLE ARE WAITING AT THE HASTINGS COMMUTER RAIL STATION ON THE FITCHBURG LINE IN WESTON, MASSACHURSETSTES! HASTINGS? MORE LIKE HATE-STINGS, BECAUSE THIS STATION IS THE WORST!

By - 10/6/16 - 8:08 am

Members of The Boston Carmen's Union, local 589, set up a picket line outside the T money room in Charlestown today to protest the T's impending decision to hand over money handling to Brink's. Read more.

By - 10/6/16 - 7:34 am

When obnoxious delinquent hooligans bellow their way on to the Green Line at Babcock Street after school (not to point a finger at the Match Charter Public School, but yeah), are the drivers allowed to tell them to STFU? Can T cops or real cops be summoned? Do intimidated senior citizens and full-fare-paying commuters have any recourse other than jamming into the front of the car and ceding the rear to the brats ? Sadly, this is not a hypothetical question.

By - 10/4/16 - 8:04 am

Service towards Forest Hills is not doing so hot, the T advises.

By - 10/3/16 - 9:10 pm
MBTA workers outside Boylston Green Line station

T workers outside Boylston telling passengers: Nope. Photo by Nicky Enriquez.

Buses have replaced trolleys between Park and Kenmore due to what appears to be a derailment at Copley Square.