The T

By - 12/6/16 - 12:13 am

No doubt there's an excellent reason why the T changed its Twitter handle tonight from @mbta to @MBTATRANSIT. They might want to fix the Twitter link on mbta.com, though.

UPDATE, 8 a.m., Tuesday: It might not have been the T's doing. The Globe reports the T is trying to resolve "a technical issue" with Twitter - to the point of publicly tweeting at Twitter's support handle. Nat V. reports that when he tried to snag @mbta, he got back an error message that it was "too short."

H/t Ari Ofsevit and Ari Herzog.

By - 12/5/16 - 9:26 am
Crowds at Quincy Center on the Red Line

In practice, looks like the Red Line (and the Orange Line) might need some more work. Agiraffes shows us what Quincy Center looked like at 9:15 a.m. due to "minor" delays.

At the other end of the Red Line.

By - 12/5/16 - 8:54 am
Crowded Jackson Square on the Orange Line

Matt Murphy took this photo at Jackson Square around 8:30 a.m., reports:

Back-to-back full #OrangeLine trains, 100's of passengers can't get on. #HappyMonday!

Video.

By - 12/4/16 - 5:42 pm
Santa Claus on the Orange Line

Benzo Amore got on the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing with Nonplussed Ol' St. Nick:

He says he knows when brakes are squeaking, when you are late.

By - 12/4/16 - 12:48 pm
Model train set in Roslindale

Jed Hresko took in the Bay State Model Railroad Museum's semi-annual open house in Roslindale yesterday. It's open today until 3 p.m. - admission is $5 for adults, free for kids - at 760 South St. in Roslindale Square.

By - 12/3/16 - 9:32 am

The Lynn Item reports a man who did that found himself robbed of the cash by three guys who then sped off in the Mercedes he thought he was about to buy.

By - 12/2/16 - 12:49 pm

So far just "minor" delays due to the unmoving train, the T reports.

By - 12/2/16 - 8:51 am
Map replaced by art on the Red Line

Stefanie reports that around 8 a.m., about five people got on her Red Line car, covered all but one of the car's maps with cardboard, then posted paintings, along with sheets giving each work's name and artist. Read more.

By - 12/2/16 - 8:44 am

The T reported only "minor" delays when an outbound Ashmont train kicked the bucket around 6:45 a.m.

By - 12/1/16 - 5:17 pm

Just in time for rush hour: "Moderate" delays on the Red Line thanks to a train that expired at Central - after belching smoke.

By - 12/1/16 - 9:36 am

UPDATE: Post corrected to show the T turned down the idea.

Jamaica Plain News reports on a neighborhood meeting on a developer's plans to turn the 300-car Laz parking lot across from Forest Hills into a 252-unit apartment complex.

According to the News, the developer said it's not really his issue what happens to the people who park there now, but that he met with the T, which turned down his possible suggestion of using space at the "temporary" bus yard for car parking.

By - 12/1/16 - 8:57 am
Turtle car hit by train in Needham

Somebody parked their formerly expensive car just a little too close to the tracks at the Needham Heights station this morning and a Needham Line train took exception and flipped that puppy upside down. One train was canceled and others were delayed, although things were mostly back on track by 8:20 a.m. or so.

By - 12/1/16 - 8:47 am

At least this time the signal problems happened early enough (like before 6 a.m.) that the T could fix them before the morning rush hour, although that's small consolation to the people who like actually depend on the Red Line early in the morning.

By - 11/30/16 - 3:00 pm

In September of 2015, Boston.com ran a story that explains why old Green Line PCC Trolley's are rotting in the remote Pennsylvania woods. Apparently some engineer purchased them in the early 1990s and had plans on refurbishing them, but never did, so the cars sit there and rot. Read more.

By - 11/30/16 - 9:30 am
Orange Line train testing tunnel clearances for new cars

The T forwarded this photo of an Orange Line car - 1216 to be exact - before rolling out for service this morning. Those are foam blocks on the roof - to test tunnel clearances for the configuration of the new on-order Orange Line cars, which will have their HVAC systems on the roof. In addition to the foam blocks, the car's also been outfitted with seven cameras - six on the roof and one at the front to record mile markers on the trip.

By - 11/29/16 - 6:12 pm

When not busy being deterred by residual dew, the Red Line is known for slowing down due to signal problems at Alewife, like now.

By - 11/29/16 - 12:53 pm
Elhalabi

Transit Police report arresting a Canton man for an incident at Harvard Square station around midnight on Nov. 18:

The male took exception to the victim's complaint and proceeded strike him in the face with a closed fist.

Read more.

By - 11/29/16 - 9:25 am

The State House News Service reports that our more winter-resilient Red Line was felled last week by "residual dew" turning into ice on the tracks south of Boston. Also at fault, the T acknowledges: Superannuated trains that looked up, clutched their chests and wailed "I'm coming, Elizabeth!"

By - 11/28/16 - 10:03 am

Sarah Pakstis shows us yet another manic Monday on the Red Line during rush hour, due to signal issues at Alewife. "How is this acceptable?" she asks.