UPDATE: Another Blue Line train died, at Airport. More trolleys died, at Waban and Arlington.
So far this morning, trains have shuffled off this mortal coil on the Green Line (Brookline Village and Reservoir on the D and Washington Street on the B) and the Blue Line (State Street). Riders on the Orange and Red lines didn't miss any of the fun, however, due to what the T says are now fixed signal issues near Wellington and JFK/UMass (the Blue Line also had some signal woes). Red Line riders also saw trains slow due to the ongoing work on the Longfellow.
Around 5:25 p.m. near 94 Vinton Rd. in Melrose, Transit Police report.
Our own Suldog makes the case for preserving the historic trolleys that run between Ashmont and Mattapan Square.
CommonWealth reports on the report, which says T officials should have known in 2013 the costs for the stalled project were out of control:
The transit agency had no in-house expertise to rein in the out-of-control costs and relied too heavily on an inexperienced private sector project manager for estimates that were constantly and significantly below the contractorâ€™s estimates.
An Orange Line train breathed its last at North Station and now there are, of course, delays.
The T is warning of "moderate" delays in both directions on the Red Line due to a track problem between Kendall Square and Charles/MGH (which would be, what, the Longfellow?).
UPDATE: At 8:20, the T reported delays southbound due to a train that met its maker at Alewife.
Train 078 is now in repose in Quincy Center; the T urges riders wishing to complete their journeys to hop on the Red Line.
Only, they're aren't exactly showing real time.
Noted that the westbound train displays at North Station and Haymarket have been activated.
However, instead of displaying (for example) "Heath St 5 MIN" and "Clvnd Cir 8 MIN", they are displaying (for example):
"E) 1 Stop Away" and "C) 2 Stops Away"
Additionally, the westbound sign at Boylston has also been changed to display the updated format.
Leave it to the T to take a good idea that was properly and reasonably implemented for eastbound trains and wreck it (no pun intended) for westbound trains.
An inbound D Line trolley breathed its last at Brookline Village around 8:15 a.m., leading soon after to delays.
Reports coming in from all over about people discovering they were charged $8 instead of $4 for using PayByPhone to park in MBTA commuter-rail lots this morning. The T is aware of the issue:
This is true. Software issue w/ PayByPhone. We'll make sure your account is credited.
Severe delays towards Oak Grove, the T advises.
Older Green Line trolleys are being refurbished at a facility in upstate New York. Paul MacMaster watched one of them being delivered to Riverside today.
for tonight (1/13), tomorrow night (1/14), and next Monday night (1/18)
Just got this T alert:
Update: The evening Green Ln supensions between Park St & Haymarket scheduled fo Jan 13, 14, & 18 have been cancelled
Nothing posted on the web page yet though The notice about the suspensions has been removed from the Green Line "Service Alerts" page, which IMO will only confuse those who previously heard about them and are looking for confirmation.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to signal problems at Central Square. Dave translates the T's "moderate" into English:
Red line is in rough shape. Been sitting between Kendall and Central for at least 10 mins.
Equally intrepid Red Line regular Jake Wark reports from Downtown Crossing that as his Alewife train just sat there, the driver informed people rushing to the train: Read more.
A rail that broke in Wellesley has wreaked havoc with the best laid plans of commuters.
At least they're moving up the line: Instead of Braintree, this time the balky Red Line signals are in North Quincy, where they are causing "moderate" delays into town.
Peter Howe at NECN reports the T is getting tired of the expense of maintaining heirloom trolleys from the 1940s when it has billions of dollars worth of unmet needs and so replacing the trolleys with electric buses is "on the table."