The MBTA reports delays of 10 to 15 minutes from Andrew south due to a train with "mechanical problems."
You think the developer of this complex is working on anything in Plain Jamaica or Bay Back?
The MBTA cut the power to both sides of the Orange Line at Back Bay around 12:30 after trash between the tracks just outbound from the station burst into flames. The fire was quickly extinguished and the Boston Fire Department returned the scene to T control around 12:45 so that power could be turned back on.
The Globe reports nearly 50 of the people who drive commuter-rail trains have had their motor-vehicle licenses suspended. Even the guy in charge of training them to operate trains safely has racked up 11 parking tickets and caused two accidents, the Globe reports.
James Floyd, 60, faces arraignment today on charges he indecently assaulted two women at North Station on March 29, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
Even with a guaranteed - and free - parking space in the City Hall garage, at-large City Councilor Michelle Wu usually takes the T to work from her home in Roslindale. This week, she decided to experiment and up her game - and try to get around Boston only on the T and Hubway. She chronicled her experience: Read more.
Lisa Angelo spotted those two new Orange Line cars out for a spin on the third set of tracks near Wellington station this morning as they undergo several months of testing.
Meanwhile, the T reports the CRRC plant in Springfield has accepted four new Orange Line "shells" for assembly into actual Orange Line cars: Read more.
The MBTA reports delays of 20 to 30 minutes in both directions on the Red Line due to signals going on the fritz at North Quincy and track work at Wollaston.
The City Council today approved an effort by at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley to begin looking at how to increase the number of trees in Boston - especially with developers increasingly tearing down mature trees as they plant their towers and complexes. Read more.
The MBTA reports delays towards Oak Grove on the Orange Line because of a train with a door that wouldn't recycle at Downtown Crossing earlier.
An Alewife train got sick at Charles/MGH (well, if you're going to get sick, that's the place to do it), and now the Red Line is running kinda slow in that direction.
As we all know, the state has a contract with a Chinese company to build hundreds of millions of dollars wroth of new cars for the Orange and Red Line. And while the cars will be assembled in good old Springfield, MA, the components will be mostly manufactured in the People's Republic (and no, not Cambridge). CRRC, the company in question, has concerns, you betcha: Read more.
Biker Rider watched shiny new Orange Line cars gliding through Sullivan Square this morning on the express track rebuilt just for testing out the new cars. No passengers were allowed on, of course, not while they undergo several months of testing.
As if all the other mishegas on the T today weren't enough, Erinn Larson reports a Blue Line got stuck at State Street for some 15 minutes this afternoon, not because of any mechanical problems, but because of one of the T's more charming underground denizens - a guy with a bicycle, a shopping cart filled with lots of stuff - and a deep and abiding anger at something or other. Read more.
An empty BC trolley coming around the loop at Park Street derailed this evening. No injuries. Service is continuing, but with only one track in use, instead of the usual two, expect delays.
Michael Doyle is among the scores (hundreds? thousands?) of Fitchburg Line riders forced to deboard prematurely at Porter Square this evening due to either some sort of switch problem between there and Belmont or a train that gave up the ghost, depending on which MBTA alert one chooses to read.
Regardless of the reason, "no outbound train has left Porter in 90 minutes," Saul Blumenthal reports.
State officials shut the Silver Line tunnel in the waterfront area today after "loose pieces of concrete" fell from the ceiling at the World Trade Center station onto the inbound platform. MassDOT blames "ongoing construction activity on Congress Street" right near the station. Read more.
The MBTA reports an inbound Riverside Line has a "power problem" at Newton Centre, which is causing 20-25 minute delays.
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