Went to see the Sox play the Padres at Fenway tonight. Took the 4:56 p.m. Commuter Rail from Worcester to Yawkey Station. Left the game a little early to catch the 10:30 p.m. train back to Worcester. Uponarrival at the Yawkey T platform the digital news sign was posting "Train not moving in Worcester, presently 85 mins late" then each min we waited, the time... Read more
Cheryl Stober reports on the annual summer migration:
Each summer, a group of teenage ballerinas starts getting on the train at Kenmore Square, and riding the few stops to Copley Square. With their yoga mats and hair done up in perfect buns, I'm just fascinated by them. I don't know anything about their program, but seeing them as I'm trudging off to my office... Read more
With MBTA management silent, what better way to get answers for the daily "E"xcuses than to ask an operator? It was brought to my attention that the elusive Huntington Ave construction is actually occurring somewhere on Route 9 in Brookline. The thought on the T's part is that this will cause traffic to back up all the way into Boston - even if it... Read more
What is the proper etiquette when encountering someone on the train with an Aaron Hernandez jersey? Ignore? Eye roll? Smdh?
the MBTA's rationale for E line diversions (a.k.a. the daily "E"xcuses) couldn't get any lamer, consider this recent alert:
Green Line E branch diverted due to concert event at City Hall. E-Line service will terminate at Brigham Circle. Please use rt#39 bus service between Heath Street and Brigham Circle.
There was no warning for waiting passengers on Tuesday the 25th. There was "gridlock traffic" on Wednesday the 26th -- from 11:00am to 8:30pm -- which meant no trains could venture beyond Brigham Circle. The following day, Thursday the... Read more
Around 1:30 p.m., Lily Goldman reported:
North Station train traffic halted due to naked trespasser on the tracks in Chelsea according to conductor.
Ed Bauer, however, reported only that:
PD responding to the "Third St. Railroad Crossing" for an individual sitting on the Tracks No Shirt and Headphones on.
This is the second afternoon in a row commuter rail has been disrupted by... Read more
Dante Shepherd reports that around 8:20 a.m., there was a guy on the Red Line "holding a giant spine."
In addition to the 12 extra trains a day set to start July 1, riders at the end of the line will see one-way fares drop from $6 to $2, WBUR reports. July 1 will also see the opening of new stations at Four Corners/Geneva Avenue and Newmarket on the only commuter-rail line that never leaves Boston.
In recent years, the T has... Read more
Passengers on the Middleborough/Lakeville and Kingston/Plymouth lines are sitting on trains or standing on platforms around 9 a.m. waiting as officials in Braintree try to determine whether a package on a platform there is dangerous. The T was attempting to corral some buses to pick up passengers who are no longer going to get to work on time.
Raphael Dumas and some fellow grad students from the MIT Transit Lab spent today on the T - all of it. Starting at Park Street shortly before 10 a.m. (after bicycling over on Hubway bikes from MIT), they proceeded to get on and off every open stop on all four subway lines (and, yes, that included the Mattapan line and all the branches... Read more
The MBTA has released a new schedule for the Fairmount Line, effective July 1st. The schedule reveals the opening of Newmarket Station and Four Corners Station. In addition, the schedule features 12 additional trains, bringing the total to 22 inbounds and 21 outbounds each weekday.
"Government Center is absolutely crammed with waiting passengers," A.P. Blake reports.
But what's a couple more months when they're already behind schedule - on top of delays caused by the feds forcing the T to cancel its first diesel order?
Heading home after lunch with my inamorato, I was caught in the afternoon rainstorm. I boarded the CT1 bus at the corner of Huntington Ave and Massachusetts Ave. The CT1 is the "Express" version of the #1 bus that runs all the way from Harvard Square, Cambridge down Mass Ave to Dudley Square in Roxbury. It has fewer stops than the regular #1 bus.
Me... Read more