Who knows why the Red Line lurched to a halt and wheezed its last this afternoon? At some point, it just ceased to matter. Riders crammed into stations waiting for trains that wheezed into stations so crammed the crammed riders on the platform could not cram into the crammed trains, which then slowly, ever so slowly crammedly made their way to the next crammed station,... Read more
The state Department of Transportation today approved a $33-million contract with McCourt Construction Co. to start extending the Silver Line from the Airport T stop to Chelsea. Much of the route will be in a busway built along the former Grand Junction railroad:
State officials expect the initial route, from the airport to Eastern Avenue in Chelsea, to be completed in two years.
In the... Read more
This guy's got it going on. All he's missing is a little chianti.
Tim Murphy gives us a look at Packards Corner in the 1940s, when you could still take a trolley from downtown to Watertown Square, back in pre-MBTA days.
Imagine how bad this area would be today if there were still no traffic lights?!
Tyrell Sullivan, who drives a Route 73 bus between Harvard and Waverly squares, won the MBTA's annual bus "roadeo" on Sunday in Charlestown.
It's the second time that Sullivan, 29, of South Boston, has bested other T drivers through a course of cones and barrels. Sullivan, shown below, has driven a T bus for almost nine years.
Erica Mattison saw this singer at Downtown Crossing today, thought he was wonderful, wonders if anybody knows who he is.
Federal, state and city officials gathered at Ruggles station this afternoon to announce a $20-mllion federal grant to build a second commuter rail platform at Ruggles - and fix the crumbling part of the existing platform.
Officials said the project will increase capacity in Ruggles just as Northeastern and other nearby landowners even further develop the area, bringing new jobs - and increased demand on... Read more
UPDATED with info from MBTA.
Don't use your phone right on the yellow line, because you might drop it and then the driver of the train will stop his train so your phone can be retrieved before it is crushed into a gazillion pieces.
Tim Devin captured the action around 8 a.m. today at Davis Square, where a T spokesman says:
A customer dropped... Read more
Handy tips for BU students from the MBTA. We eagerly await the tips for Orange Line riders.
That word comes too late for a pair of Boston residents, whom Transit Police report were literally caught red handed on charges of defacing the driver's door of a Red Line trains last night.
Police say that around 8 p.m. yesterday, somebody punched in their digits to report that two guys who had been marking up the driver's door on a Red Line train... Read more
Matt Hrono reports T workers were handing out these "tickets" at red lights along Huntington Avenue this morning.
UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: Transit Police gave Keolis the OK to resume normal operations through the area. Transit Police report the boy was airlifted to a Boston hospital; is expected to survive.
The 4:20 train to Franklin hit a 14-year-old near Islington station in Westwood.
Gugliemo reports getting a text from somebody on the train:
Police informed passengers. Have to get off and board... Read more
Around 9:15 p.m. a man jumped in front of an outbound Orange Line train as it entered Back Bay station.
The T shut power in both directions so that firefighters could extricate the man, who remained alert and conscious (photo from the platform). About 22 minutes later, firefighters got him onto the platform for treatment by EMTs and transportation to a local hospital.
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It poured, man it poured, in Somerville yesterday and once again, the new Assembly Orange Line station flooded. Or as Michael Femia, who captured the station apres deluge put it:
This is what a brand new multi million dollar MBTA stop looks like.
Since there are so many stories and comments here about the T, I thought the following might be interesting to many of you. Andrew is a member of the T Rider Oversight Committee. He has posted videos and commentary, from a trip to Tokyo, concerning the Tokyo Subway and how it compares to our own in Boston. He has asked for commentary, so I figured... Read more
A kaput train at Davis is giving Red Line riders agita.
Stuck at Kendall, now stuck at Central. Train packed, not moving.
Cathy Del adds:
One hour to go from Park St to Davis.... Read more