No clue about the Red Line, but there's police action at Mass. Ave. on the Orange Line.
Keolis says it's found a way to deal with the fact that commuter-rail passengers with smartphones often know about problems on their lines before their conductors: Give the conductors modified iPhones that let them access "real-time data" on train and rail-line problems.
Keolis this morning begins handing out some 400 of the devices to conductors. Keolis says the phones have been modified so they can't be used to access the Internet, e-mail or any non-Keolis apps. And while they can be used to make emergency calls, "they cannot be used for ordinary phone calls," Keolis says. Read more.
Riverside Line riders are being herded onto buses this morning as T workers try to repair the damage from the tree that fell on the wires at Chestnut Hill this morning. Several bus lines are now running delayed, even aside from the snow, due to buses being diverted to the impromptu D shuttle.
Use buses on existing routes and tie the service to getting workers to their jobs - especially at Logan - rather than worrying about drunken kids spilling out of clubs at 2 a.m., Ari Ofsevit, Jeremy Mendelson and James Aloisi write in CommonWealth.
In addition to showing the new towers it wants to build above Back Bay station, Boston Properties' BRA filing also shows several renderings of what a revamped station would look like.
They show a station that retains the unique wooden arches that hold up the roof. Gone, at least from the rendering, though, is the haze that now often fills the station, in particular, the Amtrak/commuter-rail ticket and waiting area - Boston Properties is promising a fix to the station's diesel-smog problem. Read more.
The Globe reports the T is looking at replacing the current fare machines on buses and trolleys with new devices that would only accept payments by phone, credit card or CharlieCard.
A T board member said that in addition to speeding up boarding, the new system would satisfy what she claims is public demand to be charged based on distance or time of day. Ed. question: Any of you T riders clamoring to be charged more for riding at rush hour or from Forest Hills to Braintree?
Are you an advocate for Public Transit? If so, this may interest you. National Conference in Boston, open to interested parties.
The T's started posting daily reliability stats, broken down by buses, commuter rail and subway. If you click on the large plus sign for each, you'll get more detailed breakdowns by line (and looks like the T's finally acknowledged the Silver Line is a bus, because that's where you'll find its data).
Around 12:40 p.m., debris sitting atop a switch on the inbound Green Line tracks just before Blandford started to smoulder and then just plain out began burning. From inside an inbound trolley, Lucas Neves watched a T inspector try to deal with the situation before Boston firefighters arrived to douse the hot mess.
Encountered this earlier this morning. WTF, given that the "roof" doesn't connect to anything.
This is getting more and more bizarre.
Ari Ofsevit introduces us to several bus routes that run only very early in the morning and which aren't really readily identifiable on schedules or anything, unless you look really, really hard.
It's severe-delay time on both sides of the Red Line as a switch at Alewife has forgotten the one job it has.
HELP send coffee & bagels to Harvard @MBTA!
Looks like the covered walkway at North Station is already being dismantled.
An Orange Line train at Downtown Crossing got on the ferry across the River Styx, which the T says is now causing "moderate" delays.
Also, Lowell Line trains were experiencing even worse, thanks to a truck that took out a gate in West Medford.
A North Attleboro man was ordered held on $25,000 bail yesterday on gun charges affter an incident on an MBTA shuttle bus after the St. Patrick's Day parade, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
Michael Sangalang shows us the newly re-opened Government Center T station tonight.
Gov. Baker welcomed the first riders into the new Government Center station today - people in wheelchairs, who can access the T at the station for the first time ever, at a formal opening ceremony.
Replacing the old bunker with an airier, handicap accessible station took two years and cost $88 million.
Concrete Plaza shows us people wanted to get a look: