The Green Line tally as of 8:30 a.m.: An inbound trolley on the B Line curdled up and died around 7:20 and an inbound trolley on the D Line spoiled at Reservoir about an hour later. Oh, and the entire Green Line came to a sluggish crawl due to "a power problem" shortly before 7.
The Washington Post and NPR are both reporting this morning on controversy around French company SNCF (SociÃ©tÃ© Nationale des Chemins de fer FranÃ§ais), parent company of Keolis, which recently won its bid to operate the MBTA's commuter rail system.
Keolis is now part of a consortium bidding to design, build, and operate a new light-rail line in Maryland.
During World War II... Read more
Although that would be something to see. Ben Rey captured the scene at World Trade Center around 5:10 p.m., when an inbound bus kicked the bucket and another inbound bus was forced to squeeze around it to keep the Silver Line from becoming a Red Line on rubber.
really do have nothing more than a big dart board in their office that they use to determine which stock excuse to post in order to
justify their mismanagement of the commuter rail inform their customers of train changes. Consider the Haverhill Line, which has been posting issues with various trains since about 2:30 this afternoon. First, they started blaming delays on the (very minimal)... Read more
An outbound trolley paid the ferryman at Newton Highlands right in the middle of the evening rush. Harried riders can only console themselves that the resulting problems would be far worse if this weren't school-vacation week.
Transit Police report one man's apparent idea of a joke left one of their canines with an injury - and the man under arrest.
Police say Antonio Brown, 25, of Cambridge, walked up to a K-9 patrol car at the Mass. Ave. Orange Line stop around 7:50 p.m. yesterday and "began to hiss, grunt and bark" at Viktor the police dog:
These actions caused... Read more
Transit Police report officers doing fare-evader duty at Mass. Ave. on the Orange Line yesterday evening quickly became interested in the gentleman who was demanding a customer-service agent let him in for free because "he was an 'Active Duty' member of the US Armed Forces."
Police report Christopher Keefe, 28, of Braintree was not, in fact, an active-duty member of the US Armed Forces.... Read more
An inbound Orange Line train passed onto the next plane of existence near Community College sometime around 7 this morning. The T brought in another train to push its carcass out of the way.
Then an outbound train felt death's cold embrace at Community College as well.
Meanwhile, on the Red Line, a train crossed over to the other side at Downtown Crossing, causing massive... Read more
Transit Police report arresting Joel Casanova, 34, of Dorchester, on charges he attacked the driver of his 22 bus after a woman whose attentions he sought told him to leave her alone.
Police described the incident as the bus traveled north on Blue Hill Avenue near Columbia Road around 9:50 a.m. on Saturday:
The female passenger requested she be left alone and Casanova... Read more
The building inspector was summoned to check the building for structural damage; the E Line stopped running past Brigham Circle.... Read more
Updated with information from Transit Police.
A Dorchester teen was charged with shooting two men in the lower busway at Ruggles station - one of them a complete stranger who had nothing to do with whatever beef he allegedly had with the other victim, Transit Police report.
One victim, 34, was shot in the calf in the 8:49 p.m. incident and is expected to... Read more
As of 2:45, there were three 39 buses dead on South Huntington Avenue by the VA Hospital - two due to a bit of crashiness. Police asked the dispatcher on that route to stop sending buses down South Huntington.
And with nowhere for them to turn around, E Line trolleys that normally would head that way are instead terminating at Brigham Circle.
The T announced today Government Center will shut for its two-year makeover on March 22.
The T's posted some background info, including the answer to the question: "How will this affect my commute?"
The evening rush started with a Red Line train dying at South Station around 4:20 p.m., followed by a trolley dying somewhere on the Riverside Line.
All the doctors in the world upstairs could do nothing to revive the outbound Orange Line train that expired at Tufts Medical Center around 8:20 a.m.
This was after a Green Line trolley expired at Copley and various trains heading to South Station took a break in their morning routine thanks to switch problems.
UPDATE: Another Orange Line train died at Sullivan, or maybe it... Read more
Jason Rowe snapped this photo around 5:20 p.m. at Broadway where, naturally, an inbound Red Line train had to be pulled out of service:
Distinct smell of overheated brakes.
The smell quickly made its way down the tunnel to South Station, David Harris reports:
No communication from MBTA. Loads of people waiting.... Read more