The T

By - 3/16/15 - 1:51 pm
Guy walking across tracks at Andrew station in South Boston

Surveillance photos via TPD.

UPDATE, 3:15 p.m., Tuesday: Finnerty found, shows up in court, has case continued without a finding pending three-month period.

UPDATE: Warrant issued for his arrest after he failed to show up at his arraignment, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 3/16/15 - 11:13 am

"Keep your cars out of our backyard" says BU President Brown

The Boston Globe reported today that in exchange for an $8M contribution to build the West Station commuter rail station adjacent to its campus, Boston University sought "enforceable language prohibiting the use of BU's West Campus as a route for buses or other vehicular traffic to carry commuters to or from West Station."

By - 3/15/15 - 6:34 pm

Transit Police report somebody who didn't belong in the Cabot train yard off Dorchester Avenue was hit and killed by a train about 5:45 p.m.

Police say the man was about 25. Foul play is not suspected.

By - 3/12/15 - 3:49 pm

CommonWealth Magazine gets ahold of a letter from the company's then chief executive to T officials asking them to stop trying to scare off his candidates for chief maintenance officer, a position that went unfilled for months last year.

The letter said part of the delay in finding a chief maintenance officer was caused by T officials pressuring Keolis to hire the person who held that job with the previous operator of the commuter rail. The letter also said Reddell felt T officials tried to scare him off by asking him if he "really knew what he was getting into" and mentioning the possibility that Keolis "was at risk of being defaulted in early 2015."

By - 3/12/15 - 3:44 pm
Installing glass at the new Government Center subway station

Mike Kix watched workers installing the roof of the revamped Government Center T stop today.

By - 3/12/15 - 3:04 pm

Keolis today released a list of trains it says will start running again on Monday as it works to restore full service by the end of the month. The new trains should bring commuter rail back to about 75% of its pre-snow schedule.

By - 3/12/15 - 9:21 am

Updated with arraignment info.

A Boston Municipal Court judge issued an arrest warrant today for Homer Henderson, 52, of Roxbury, when he failed to show up to face a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - his spit - in an incident on a 1 bus at Mass. Ave. and Washington Street on Dec. 20, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 3/11/15 - 7:17 pm

WBUR reports the MassDOT board of directors voted today to make the system free on April 24 to make up for the recent snow-related unpleasantries.

But don't worry, you monthly pass buyers about to rant about how that does nothing for you: The board also voted to give monthly pass buyers a 15% discount on May passes.

By - 3/11/15 - 5:26 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved a formal request to the MBTA to make its Friday and Saturday late-night service permanent.

Councilors Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill) and Michelle Wu (at large), who proposed the motion, acknowledged that keeping the service running will require what Zakim called "very creative and thoughtful" ways to pay for it, including possibly a surcharge for the service.

By - 3/11/15 - 2:02 pm

Transit Police report arresting Marc Meadowcroft, 19, of Revere, today on charges he defaced two old trolleys sitting on an unused track at Boylston station last year by spraying them with his tag of "CIGA."

Meadowcroft now faces 14 counts of felony tagging in Boston Municipal Court, police say.

By - 3/10/15 - 9:16 am

A UHub eye in the sky forwarded a photo of South Huntington Avenue in Jamaica Plain, where an inbound 39 bus got jammed by a car parked by a snowbank near the VA entrance, jamming up traffic in both directions.

By - 3/9/15 - 6:15 pm

Some kind of switch problem is wreaking all kinds of havoc at North Station this afternoon. Or as Sue puts it:

I got 99 problems and all of them seem to be switch issues at North Station.

By - 3/9/15 - 10:08 am

Just got this e-mail from Keolis regarding additional trains:

By - 3/7/15 - 4:11 pm
Firefighters outside South Station

Firefighters outside South Station. Photo by Manny Lim.

Firefighters shut South Station on the Red Line and ordered the power off in both directions on the line until they could find and then extinguish what turned out to be a small trash fire on the tracks about halfway between South Station and Downtown Crossing.

BFD gave the T permission to restore power around 4:15 p.m.

The fire sent smoke into both stations.

By - 3/6/15 - 4:16 pm
Repairing an Orange Line train at Wellington

Repairing another train at Wellington. Photo by MBTA.

The MBTA reports that for the first time since Jan. 26 - the night before the first blizzard - the Orange Line has its regular fleet of 96 Orange Line cars, in 16 trains, running for the evening commute.

Interim T General Manager Frank DePaola credited "the skilled machinists and repair persons who have been working around the clock at the Wellington maintenance facility."

By - 3/6/15 - 8:24 am
Passengers in Mansfield waiting for train to replace dead train

Riders kicked off dead train to wait for mostly dead train. Photo by Joe Sullivan.

Riders on the Providence Line lost at commuter-rail roulette big time this morning. A train got to Mansfield and passed to the other side - but not before riders got to sit on it for 45 minutes waiting for a pusher train that itself gave up the ghost - although it turned out it was only mostly dead and so it slogged into Mansfield with its own full complement of exasperated riders and little space in which to cram the passengers from the completely dead train, which, as soon as it was emptied, revived just enough to head back to Providence.

By - 3/5/15 - 12:36 pm
Dignitaries announcing MBTA Late Night Service - Mass.gov website

Measured in terms of passenger trips and customer satisfaction, the MBTA's Late Night Service Pilot Program is a success. Measured simply in dollars and cents, however, it's a failure, expected to run a $10.7 million deficit during its first year. If things don't change, it seems likely the service will be cut back, or canceled entirely.

By - 3/5/15 - 8:07 am

Blue Mass. Group ponders the seeming oddity of a Republican governor wanting to increase spending on our broken public-transportation system while Democratic leaders in the House, are, at best, cool to the idea.

You know what’s “crazy”? What’s crazy is that the T doesn’t work, and that the legislature doesn’t really seem to care. That’s crazy. DeLeo, Mariano and the rest of them can natter on all they want about a long-term maintenance plan and the T structure “and whatnot,” blah blah blah. But meanwhile, maybe somebody should make sure that the trains don’t catch fire.

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