The T

By - 12/15/13 - 9:26 am

At the height of the storm, East Boston's connections to the rest of the world dwindled.

Around 9 p.m., three cars crashed on the East Boston side of the Meridian Street bridge. Police shut the span for their investigation, hindered briefly because two of the drivers chased the third driver over the bridge into Chelsea.

A fire at Aquarium shut Blue Line service... Read more

By - 12/13/13 - 8:10 am
Jesus at Central Square

Prayer couldn't hurt. Kate spotted Jesus at Central Square this morning.

As of 8 a.m., there have been two dead trains: One inbound Red Line train (of course) from Braintree and one inbound trolley on the B Line.

By - 12/12/13 - 3:57 pm

Shortly before the southbound platform was evacuated as well. Photo by Fatty.

UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: Transit Police report the package has been "cleared"- by an X-ray - which means service can resume soon. But expect "severe" residual delays, the T warns. WBZ reports the object was a duffle bag with wires coming out of it.

Transit Police have evacuated the three Red Line platforms at Park Street due to a suspicious package on an Alewife-bound train there.... Read more

By - 12/12/13 - 3:22 pm

Two teens were arraigned today on charges related to a melee last week that started on a 23 bus and ended with a brawl outside Dorchester District Court.

A 16-year-old teen from Roxbury, not named because of her age, was ordered held in lieu of $2,500 bail on three counts of three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the Suffolk County... Read more

By - 12/12/13 - 6:31 am

The Globe reports MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott has ordered an audit of all the third rails on the Red, Orange and Blue lines to try to stave off the sort of problems that bollixed commutes on the Red Line Wednesday morning and Tuesday evening.

Carl Stevens reports the inspections will focus on the welds that connect sections of the third... Read more

By - 12/11/13 - 9:06 pm

UPDATE, 10:50 p.m.

Transit Police report a man, in his 40s, died after being hit by an inbound trolley at Fenway on the Riverside Line around 9 p.m.

Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office are investigating what he was doing on the tracks at the time.

By - 12/11/13 - 8:43 pm

More specifically, NECN reports, the T is blaming cold weather for the third-rail problem that waylaid Red Line commuters from the south this morning.

By - 12/11/13 - 5:22 pm
Tufts Medical Center in the dark

Attack of the shadow people this afternoon. Photo by Justin.

Around 2 p.m., Adam Castiglioni reported the lights were out at the Tufts Medical Center stop.

Transit Police responded fairly quickly:

Electricians are working on the problem and additional staff were sent to the station to assist passengers.

As of 5 p.m., however, Boston to a T reports:

Still pretty much pitch black at Tufts Medical station.

... Read more
By - 12/11/13 - 6:39 am
Packed Red Line at JFK/UMass

Riders from Ashmont trying to get onto train from Braintree at JFK. Photo by Jerome Leslie.

Updated, 7:50 a.m.

First it was signal problems inbound approaching South Station. Then, a third rail cracked in the area of JFK/UMass, which forced riders arriving from Ashmont to try to cram into already packed trains from Braintree.

Also, the Mattapan High Speed Line is more like the Mattapan No Speed Line due to a dead trolley.... Read more

By - 12/10/13 - 10:32 pm

Update: Authorities have identified the victim as Gayle Johnson.

Investigators now believe a Route 110 bus hit a woman crossing Broadway shortly before 7 p.m., then dragged her down the street, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

Evidence developed through the night suggests that an MBTA bus struck the 52-year-old Revere woman who died in the area of 400 Broadway yesterday evening. He did

... Read more
By - 12/10/13 - 4:35 pm
Crowded Red Line platform at Park Street

Where's Waldo? Not getting on the Red Line at Park Street, that's for sure. Photo by Shumita Basu.

The T's now acknowledging that a dead train at JFK/UMass means "severe" delays. As in 30 and 45-minute delays.

UPDATE, 5:30 p.m. Problems persist - The Braintree-bound are being told to take any train they can jam into to JFK for a shuttle bus.

At South Station, Kate Birney reports:

just got pulled off braintree to alewife & routed to

... Read more
By - 12/9/13 - 8:37 pm

couldn't get any lazier, consider this "E"xcuse alert from earlier tonight:

Green Line E branch experiencing minor delays due to technical problem

Affected stops:
Lechmere Station
Science Park Station
North Station
Haymarket Station
Government Center Station

Last updated: Dec 9 2013 7:39 PM

Technical problem - yep that's really informing the passengers. I'm sure glad the T has spent... Read more

By - 12/9/13 - 2:12 pm

Transit Police report that around 10 a.m. today, Officer Lisa Murawski-Dupont managed to convince a pit bull that commuter-rail tracks running between Savin Hill and JFK/UMass were not the best place for him to be.

According to police, Murawski-Dupont was at the Savin Hill T stop when somebody alerted her there was a dog on the commuter rail tracks.

Officer Murawski-Dupont immediately proceeded to

... Read more
By - 12/9/13 - 8:20 am

If you're suddenly realizing you left your laptop and your backpack under a seat on the Green Line last night or this morning, well, every other Lechmere rider now hates you.

Red Line riders are having issues as well, due to an unconscious person having to be taken off a train at Park Street.

By - 12/7/13 - 12:06 pm
Cans of Tab at Green Street

Ezra Freedman wonders:

For years there have been cans of Tab at the end of the Green Street platform, what's the deal?

Ed. note: So that's what happened to Steve Slyne's stash after his place in West Roxbury got turned into the Real Deal!

By - 12/6/13 - 10:40 am

Two Transit Police officers couldn't keep a large man from flinging himself off the Orange Line bridge over the Mystic River early on Nov. 17, but they didn't give up on him - ultimately helping him out of the cold water and into the back of a waiting ambulance.

Officers Eli Bojorquez and Kenneth Phillips will be given formal commendations at a ceremony next Wednesday... Read more

By - 12/6/13 - 8:10 am

Bonesaw notes the T sent out an advisory that the 6:44 a.m. train out of Rockport would be 10-20 minutes late "due to heavy ridership."

OK, so he then goes on to report that when he got on the train, "there's less people than average." Proof.... Read more

By - 12/6/13 - 7:17 am
Slow Red Line

6:33 a.m.: Dead train on the Braintree line. Inbound, of course.

Mike, who took the above photo, asks:

Red Line failing during rush hour. On what planet is 8 mins ok? Full trains are full.

By - 12/5/13 - 7:22 am

A T alert went out around 6:50 a.m. for a dead Red Line train at Downtown Crossing.

By - 12/4/13 - 7:28 am

You get a delay! And you get a delay! And you get a delay!

Trains lapsed into unconsciousness on the Red Line and the C, D and E trolley lines. But the Orange Line saved the worst for last: A dead train at Ruggles that sat there for nearly 20 minutes before operators got the idea to get the train behind it to push it... Read more