Oh, hey, it's Friday rush hour, so naturally a Red Line train got out a couple of old tokens to pay the ferryman, down at JFK/UMass, and now the entire line has slowed to a crawl and riders are grumbling the inevitable cracks about imagining what service will be like during the Olympics.
What initially seemed like a possible fire on a crossover switch just past North Station around 2:40 p.m. turned out to be smoke from a brake pad on a passing train that got jammed against a wheel, the MBTA says.
The T shut power on the inbound side to let firefighters assess the situation as disabled train was moved to Wellington for repair.
Around 2:40... Read more
Clayton Harper has been taking a detailed look at what happens when the Casey Overpass comes down to make way for surface roads. Forest Hills station will be getting a lot of changes as part of the project - many related to the busways.
Well, they did warn us. Track problems on the Fairmount Line, a dead train on the Haverhill Line, switch problems on the Kingston/Plymouth Line, signal problems on the Providence/Stoughton Line all add up to commuter woes. There's a dead train somewhere on the Orange Line, and a Green Line trolley pulled into Kenmore with no heat, although as Bart Antista explains:
Great #mbta... Read more
The MBTA reports it's putting as many Green Line trolleys as it can into car barns tonight so that they start out tomorrow nice and toasty, rather than so cold they just die on the tracks.
Transit Police report they are hunting a man they say spat on a 33 bus driver in October, then threatened the driver's life two months later at the same spot on the Mattapan/Hyde Park line when the driver wouldn't let him on the bus.
According to police, the spitting happened around 2:50 p.m. on Oct. 21 on River Street at George Street. Around 1:45... Read more
They don't know which lines or when, exactly, but the T is warning commuters to brace for potential delays due to tomorrow's forecast sub-zero windchills, WBZ reports.
But at least we're not alone: Chicago transit officials are also warning of potential cold-related delays.
The Amateur Planner fulminates a bit on how the 34E bus between Forest Hills and Walpole has to go on a lengthy expedition through the driving morass that is the Dedham Mall; wonders why it doesn't just drop off/pick up passengers on Washington Street at the mall entrance:
The loop-the-loop to access the mall unnecessarily lengthens the route, costs the T money, costs passengers... Read more
Some switch seized up this morning, causing delays on both inbound and outbound trains at South Station.
From close shaves to abandoned heads to a guy riding his motor scooter while riding a train, we saw some weird stuff on the T this year. Here's a sampling (and, hmm, all those examples are from the Orange Line: Red Line, Blue Line, it's time to pick up the pace!)
Transit Police report a man on the inbound tracks at Roxbury Crossing was hit and killed by a train around 6:25 p.m. Police described him as white and apparently in his 30s.
The Boston Fire Department reports the man was on the tracks just before the station and that after the train stopped, firefighters escorted passengers off the train to the platform.
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What follows is a far-from-complete list of MBTA delays this year - just the ones I set to rhyme:
Snow flies, Red Line dies, 1/2/14
Trains fail, commuters wail, 2/10/14
Trains die, riders sigh, 2/11/14
Trains succumb, riders are glum, 2/11/14
Boston Metro reports on an incident involving a Route1 driver and an unruly passenger on Mass. Ave. near Washington Street on Saturday.
Around 6:15 near the Park Street crossing, R.S.Y. Buchanan reports. He adds the driver of the car got out before the crash.
Transit Police report arresting a Lynn man on charges he punched out a cab driver who couldn't understand his drunken rambling and ordered him out of the cab.
According to police, James Rogers, 52, got into the cab at Wonderland station shortly before 11 a.m. on Thursday and:
Began to mumble incoherently. Rogers apparently intoxicated was asked by the victim to repeat the address... Read more
Frankie P. says "good morning" from the Savin Hill T stop.
Transit historian and Harvard University librarian Foster Palmer narrates the trip, with a brief stopover at Barry's Ledge, once a gravel pit, then a never-was driving range.
H/t Tim Murphy.