The T

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.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will... Read more

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

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By - 3/2/15 - 11:18 am

Around 11 a.m., by a freight train on the Franklin Line, just past the Norwood Central station. The woman, in her 50s, was taken to the nearby Norwood Hospital in serious condition, Transit Police report.

By - 3/2/15 - 10:47 am
Old subway station in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 3/2/15 - 8:41 am

Because that allegedly improved commuter-rail service this morning still means that trains are roaring into Roslindale completely full, so they can't stop and they won't stop.

By - 3/2/15 - 8:15 am
Strange MBTA train on new TV series

Alert viewer Codeman38 noticed something unusual at :51 in the trailer for the newest CSI show - the T train shown above (that an FBI agent is trying to jump on it as it leaves the station is, of course, not at all odd).

But it doesn't stop there: In the alternaverse in which CSI leader Patricia Arquette explores intersectionality, they've also replaced... Read more

By - 2/28/15 - 9:48 pm
Hawk trapped in Alewife station on the Red Line in Cambridge

Curt Nickisch phototographed this poor hawk unable to figure a way out of Alewife station around 7:30 p.m. The Animal Rescue League reports a happy ending to this tale:

Got word that the hawk was caught and moved outside.

By - 2/27/15 - 8:39 pm

The Globe reports Paul Barrett, the guy Charlie Baker named to head up the inquiry into the MBTA, then went on vacation on Jamaica, quit after it started asking him about his personal financial problems. The board was supposed to report back on the T by the end of March.

By - 2/27/15 - 9:43 am

The Herald reports an escalator at Davis Square ripped a man's pants clear off. Fortunately, the Herald adds, he stayed cool - and had the foresight to wear blue gym shorts.

By - 2/26/15 - 1:44 pm

Keolis CEO Bernard Tabary, fresh off a plane from France and a meeting with the governor, today apologized for abysmal post-snow service and said that while the company is scheduling March 30 for a full restoration of service, it's going to try to get things back to normal before that.

To our passengers, we know this has been an incredibly frustrating time. You have endured

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By - 2/26/15 - 12:43 pm

But, his people assure the Globe, they have telephones down there, and it's not like the commission doesn't have an entire month to report back to the governor.

By - 2/25/15 - 2:51 pm

The Herald reports that Highway chief Frank DePaola will take over from Beverly Scott at the embattled MBTA until a permanent general manager is named. Scott said she would resign in April, but DePaola's appointment starts next week.

By - 2/25/15 - 10:04 am

Station and intersection all blocked up. Medical emergency.

By - 2/25/15 - 8:36 am
Dead train at South Station on the Red Line

Molly Lanzarotta was among those crammed into South Station on the Red Line around 8:15 a.m., where a train tried but failed to come to grips with its own mortality.

Meanwhile, on commuter rail, let's see: Keolis said the advisories that entire lines were simply canceled every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were a technical glitch, not a hack. Many trains remained actually... Read more

By - 2/23/15 - 9:37 pm

Firefighters responded to South Station shortly before 9:30 p.m. for a trash fire on the outbound side of the Red Line. The fire was not on the tracks, it was quickly blasted with some water and that was that, except for the smell of smoke and the delays on the Red Line.

By - 2/23/15 - 4:38 pm

Buried in the latest edition of the MBTA's winter service-update page today is a "special message to our valued customers" from T General Manager Beverly Scott (still on the job until April) that includes this:

Understandably, given the extended duration of our severe weather challenges, a number of questions have been raised regarding fare reimbursement, including a range of suggestions.

On March 3rd,

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By - 2/22/15 - 7:41 pm
Shovels at Braintree station on the Red Line

Jack Cawley reports:

I did not find this reassuring at Braintree station.

By - 2/21/15 - 11:33 pm
The snow farm will sink

A local artist going by Blizzard2015 has started a graphic novella about a doomed city on the North Atlantic: T-Tanic.

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