Jared May looked up the stairs today from the bottom of the T's deepest subway stop, at Porter Square (actually, if you look closely, you can see there are two in this crowd - there's a second person higher up the stairs).
Miles goes through the Google map used on mbta.com with a fine-toothed comb.
The Boston Business Journal reports only JetBlue put in a bid to rename an MBTA station and that bid was rejected because it was for less than the amount that would make it worth the T's effort to rename a station.
Hynes is being evacuated due to a smoking train.
This comes an hour or so after an inbound Red Line train breathed its last at Broadway, creating what the T acknowledged were "severe" delays.
As of 8:20 a.m.: A Red Line train flatlined at Ashmont around 6:20. An Orange Line train gave up the ghost in Malden around 7. Another Red Line train began pining for the fjords somewhere on the Braintree Line around 7:20. A Green Line trolley met St. Peter at Harvard Avenue around 7:50. Another Green Line trolley put both feet in the grave around 8... Read more
Paul Chicarello reports the following happened on a stalled Red Line train (of course) at Central Square around 7:25 p.m.:
Oh god ... someone just pushed the emergency button to ask the train driver why we are standing by. She was obviously pissed.
Person: "I've got somewhere I need to be!" Motorman: "this button is for emergencies ONLY!"... Read more
But, sadly, the "demo wall" at Government Center is just an instruction to the workers who will begin tearing apart the station on March 22, rather than a place to see demonstrations of various things.
The morning commute, like around 6:40, started with an inbound Red Line train kicked the bucket at Savin Hill and a Green Line train meeting its maker at Government Center - an occurrence that the T suggested to riders might be a good time to try out the Orange Line between Back Bay and North station.
As of 7:30 a.m., the T said things... Read more
A man accused of a sexual attack on a woman on an Orange Line train just before Forest Hills tried to fight his way out of being arrested after the train pulled into the station this afternoon, Transit Police say:
The victim stepped off the train and observed two Transit Police officers located on the platform. The victim immediately yelled out to the officers... Read more
Ken Krause videoed a video by a planner for the Green Line Extension project at a community meeting in Medford last night.
H/t Greg Hum.
For a change, no train died on the Red Line. Instead, signal problems at Alewife are making life a living hell for riders.
The 7 a.m. train out of Franklin left this vale of tears in between stations.
The Green Line tally as of 8:30 a.m.: An inbound trolley on the B Line curdled up and died around 7:20 and an inbound trolley on the D Line spoiled at Reservoir about an hour later. Oh, and the entire Green Line came to a sluggish crawl due to "a power problem" shortly before 7.
The Washington Post and NPR are both reporting this morning on controversy around French company SNCF (SociÃ©tÃ© Nationale des Chemins de fer FranÃ§ais), parent company of Keolis, which recently won its bid to operate the MBTA's commuter rail system.
Keolis is now part of a consortium bidding to design, build, and operate a new light-rail line in Maryland.
During World War II... Read more
Although that would be something to see. Ben Rey captured the scene at World Trade Center around 5:10 p.m., when an inbound bus kicked the bucket and another inbound bus was forced to squeeze around it to keep the Silver Line from becoming a Red Line on rubber.
really do have nothing more than a big dart board in their office that they use to determine which stock excuse to post in order to
justify their mismanagement of the commuter rail inform their customers of train changes. Consider the Haverhill Line, which has been posting issues with various trains since about 2:30 this afternoon. First, they started blaming delays on the (very minimal)... Read more
An outbound trolley paid the ferryman at Newton Highlands right in the middle of the evening rush. Harried riders can only console themselves that the resulting problems would be far worse if this weren't school-vacation week.
Transit Police report one man's apparent idea of a joke left one of their canines with an injury - and the man under arrest.
Police say Antonio Brown, 25, of Cambridge, walked up to a K-9 patrol car at the Mass. Ave. Orange Line stop around 7:50 p.m. yesterday and "began to hiss, grunt and bark" at Viktor the police dog:
These actions caused... Read more
Transit Police report officers doing fare-evader duty at Mass. Ave. on the Orange Line yesterday evening quickly became interested in the gentleman who was demanding a customer-service agent let him in for free because "he was an 'Active Duty' member of the US Armed Forces."
Police report Christopher Keefe, 28, of Braintree was not, in fact, an active-duty member of the US Armed Forces.... Read more
An inbound Orange Line train passed onto the next plane of existence near Community College sometime around 7 this morning. The T brought in another train to push its carcass out of the way.
Then an outbound train felt death's cold embrace at Community College as well.
Meanwhile, on the Red Line, a train crossed over to the other side at Downtown Crossing, causing massive... Read more