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By - 3/24/15 - 9:25 pm

A tutorial.

Growing up in Boston, the MBTA Green Line was a lifeline to many activities in the city. My favorite green line station is KENMORE or Kenmore Square - home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox.

H/t Leah Harnack....Read more

By - 3/23/15 - 8:53 am

Seems a trolley breathed its last around 8:30 a.m. near Park Street and gummed everything up. Caitlin Drown reports:

It's taken almost 20 mins going from Hynes to just past Arlington.

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By - 3/21/15 - 1:31 pm
Dead Green Line trolleys at Park Street

Pining for the fjords at Park Street. Photo by Colin Steele.

Shortly before noon at Arlington, now riders between Kenmore and Haymarket get to enjoy above-ground scenery in shuttle buses.Read more

By - 3/21/15 - 10:36 am

Paul Levy discusses Green Line trolleys that get delayed at stations because they have a little rubber thing at the bottom of doors that catches on the nubbly yellow warning strips on platforms, forcing the drivers to get out and whack the doors - and how complaining about the problem doesn't seem to get anything done.

My friend and I both reported problems with

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By - 3/20/15 - 2:02 pm

Just got this e-mail from Keolis

Service Recovery Update Effective March 23, 2015
Starting Monday, March 23rd, we will restore service on an additional 63 MBTA Commuter Rail trains, including 17 rush hour train trips, with full service scheduled to be restored on or before March 30. This marks the largest number of commuter trains restored to service since the recovery schedule was

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By - 3/20/15 - 7:20 am

Around 1 a.m. on the outbound side at the Prides Crossing stop, Transit Police report. Foul play is not a factor in the death of the 20-year-old man, police say.Read more

By - 3/19/15 - 4:57 pm

Getting around the Seaport District by car can be a royal pain, especially during the evening commute. According to the Boston Herald, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) thinks it has the solution. It wants to get into the shuttle bus business.

Many of the area's businesses already offer shuttle bus services for their employees. Fidelity (through Boston Coach) and Vertex, for example,...Read more

By - 3/19/15 - 1:29 pm

Last May, the MBTA released a video showing a Transit Police detective rescuing a man from jumping in front of a train at Park Street. WCVB reports the man now has a lawyer - who had to sue to get the complete video, which shows the two struggled on the platform and the detective punching the man to subdue him....Read more

By - 3/19/15 - 9:45 am
Orange Line window smasher at Ruggles

Transit Police report arresting Abdulkadir Abbas, 33, for allegedly punching out a window on an Orange Line train at Ruggles last night.

Police say Abbas punched the window around 10:15 p.m., then got on the train - where passengers promptly pointed him out to arriving officers.

Abbas is scheduled for arraignment today in Roxbury District Court on a charge of malicious destruction of property...Read more

By - 3/19/15 - 8:48 am
Orange Line without the fake wood paneling

Although the T hasn't told us one way or another, fans of the 1960's rec-room look probably have to resign themselves to losing the faux wood on the Orange Line trains once the new cars get here in, well, whenever.

Patrick Baxter gives us a taste of an Orange Line car without the rich, dark wood, thanks to an ad campaign that involves wrapping...Read more

By - 3/19/15 - 8:38 am
Black-clad dancers in Boston's South Station

There are some things you just shouldn't be seeing first thing in the morning at South Station, and Serena Tang reports this group of black-clad symbolic cats is one of them. And she reports they could sense her get-away-from-me-ness:

They started meowing at me.

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By - 3/19/15 - 7:32 am

The MBTA reports that with the addition of some Green Line cars this morning, all four subway lines are now back at their normal car numbers for the first time since Jan. 22. The T reports that Green Line maintenance crews "have been working around the clock to restore service to pre-blizzard levels."

Commuter rail? Well, that's another matter.

By - 3/18/15 - 4:18 pm
Rebuilt Green Line trolley

MassDOT reports it's started accepting delivery of the first of 86 Type 7 trolleys being rebuilt in a factory in upstate New York.

The cars, which went into service in 1986 and 1987, were nearing the end of their intended lifespans. Unlike with Orange and Red Line cars that are now well past theirs, the state was able to find a company willing to rehab...Read more

By - 3/18/15 - 9:32 am

After seeing Alex Wheeler's photo of Green Line parking skill, the judges have closed this week's round.Read more

By - 3/17/15 - 9:58 pm
Exploded water main above Green Line in Brookline Hills

The Green Line's newest water feature.

Update, Wednesday, 6:20 a.m. The MBTA reports the D Line is back in service.

Grace Holley reports tonight from Brookline Hills, where a loud explosion shortly after 8:30 p.m. was followed by a torrential waterfall from a newly burst water main right above the tracks.

Normally I love water rides but this is a nightmare.

A second Green Line train approached waterfall but went

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By - 3/17/15 - 3:14 pm

A Braintree man admitted today he walked across the tracks from one platform to the other at Andrew Square station on Sunday - narrowly avoiding getting flattened by a train entering the station at the same time.

In exchange, a South Boston Municipal Court judge continued Patrik Finnerty's trespassing case for three months, during which he has to perform 25 hours of community service...Read more

By - 3/17/15 - 10:00 am

TransitMatters reports on an advisory the T has sent to its corporate customers.

Tim Lawrence adds:

Corporate pre-tax MBTA passes will be getting the 15% discount. It's your employer's responsibility to adjust your contribution.

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By - 3/16/15 - 1:51 pm
Guy walking across tracks at Andrew station in South Boston

Surveillance photos via TPD.

UPDATE, 3:15 p.m., Tuesday: Finnerty found, shows up in court, has case continued without a finding pending three-month period.

UPDATE: Warrant issued for his arrest after he failed to show up at his arraignment, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Transit Police report arresting a Braintree lad who, on finding himself on the inbound platform at Andrew last night, allegedly thought the...Read more

By - 3/16/15 - 11:13 am

"Keep your cars out of our backyard" says BU President Brown

The Boston Globe reported today that in exchange for an $8M contribution to build the West Station commuter rail station adjacent to its campus, Boston University sought "enforceable language prohibiting the use of BU's West Campus as a route for buses or other vehicular traffic to carry commuters to or from West Station."

If a new commuter rail station is going to be built...Read more

By - 3/15/15 - 6:34 pm

Transit Police report somebody who didn't belong in the Cabot train yard off Dorchester Avenue was hit and killed by a train about 5:45 p.m.

Police say the man was about 25. Foul play is not suspected.Read more

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