The T and Keolis say Amtrak's signal system failed on the Northeast Corridor this morning, and since Amtrak and the T's commuter trains share some of the same tracks and stations, that led to massive delays and exhortations to riders that they just get off at Back Bay or JFK and ride the subway into town - with assurances their commuter-rail passes would get them... Read more
An arbitrator recently ruled that an MBTA bus driver kept telling such dramatically different stories about how her bus came to hit a BTD supervisor and several parked cars in Kenmore Square that the T was within its rights to fire her.
WCVB reports, says the T is also investigating Transit Police officers who liked the post about Father's Day in Roxbury or commented on it.
A Green Line trolley had a bit of a derailment on Boylston around 8:45 p.m. Inbound Green Line passengers are being told to get off at Copley and get on the Orange Line at Back Bay.
Gaelle Gourgues asks:
What do you do when you are in a moving train above ground with tornado warning?!!
Tristan was impressed with the fresh paint at Back Bay today:
Looks like Keolis did some enspiffening at #BackBay station! Nice change.
Ed. question: How long will the paint remain white in a station that fills with diesel fumes whenever a commuter-rail train pulls in?
Transit Police report they're looking for a guy they say decided to spit at a Route 110 bus driver in Everett last month.
Police say the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. on June 11 at Clinton and Chelsea streets.
The saliva sprayer is described as white or Hispanic, between 25 and 30 years and about 5'9".
Tips to 617-222-1050, or anonymously via test to... Read more
The SEIU held a protest in Downtown Crossing yesterday to protest the T's decision to let janitors go.
Limeduck was puzzled, at first, by the politeness he started seeing on Orange Line platforms recently, in which people agreeably let other people board the train first:
Thatâ€™s when it dawned on me, this is not any kind of selfless behavior, itâ€™s the opposite kind! These people are trying to be the last on so they can be first off at their stop, and... Read more
Transit Police chalked up another victory for their "See Something, Say Something" campaign yesterday when an alert rider alerted them to a busker at Harvard who urinated in a cup, dumped the contents onto the tracks, then went right back to playing his music and soliciting donations.
Police say the musician (no, don't worry, not everybody's favorite fur-lined busker) did turn his back to... Read more
Nice day for fare increases and a new operator, but you can't blame this on the T: Around 6:15 a.m., the driver of a lobster truck managed to wedge his truck firmly into the train bridge at East Street and Carroll Avenue, just before the Islington stop. All sorts of delays on the inbound Franklin Line, of course.
There are also delays... Read more
Heat and the MBTA are two things you rarely want to see in the same sentence.
Remember those heat-related speed restrictions that were supposed to go away after the state bought the Worcester Line tracks? They didn't.
Down in the tunnels, the Green Line is melting in the dark:
Hell is a disabled #MBTA train underground, at rush hour, during the summer,... Read more
Andea Hill notes that A Nubian Notion inside the Orange Line station has a sign posted that it's closing on Wednesday due to a rent dispute with the MBTA - after 20 years in the space.
The Boston Business Journal reports on a talk by a consultant working with the world's largest manufacturer of rail cars, which hopes to assemble $1.5 billion worth of Red and Orange Line trains in an old Westinghouse plant in Springfield out of parts manufacturered in China.
The company, for which the T would be its first US customer, is competing against several other... Read more
UPDATE: He was found safe, his GPS unit pinging, at the Savin Hill Red Line stop around 1:30 p.m.
The autistic teen from East Boston was last seen yesterday around 8 a.m. He's 19, 6' tall and 150 lbs., has short brown hair and wears glasses. He likes to ride the T, so might be on a train platform somewhere.
He was wearing a GPS... Read more
A South Boston man was arrested at Andrew station around 4 p.m. yesterday after a Route 10 bus arrived and a passenger told police a guy in the back was "sniffing and eating" drugs out of an Altoids tin, Transit Police report.
Officers boarded the bus and observed a male, later identified as Robert Hynes, 22, of South Boston seated in the rearmost seat... Read more
MassLive reports the council voted 7-6 yesterday for a school budget that will force all BPS students in seventh and eighth grades to ride the T to school this fall, or find another way there.
WBUR reports BPS hopes to save $8 million a year by switching from school buses to CharlieCards.
Among those voting for the cost-saving measure: At-large Councilor Steve... Read more
Yesterday it was an Amtrak train going where it had no business going. Today, weary, hot, grime-covered South Station commuters have issues due to "track problem."
A Norwood man had bail set at $150 today on charges he used an iPad to try to snap photos up a woman's skirt from a Forest Hills T-stop bench yesterday afternoon, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Joshua Gonsalves, 23, was also ordered to stay away from all T stops while his case is pending, the DA's office says.
Gonsalves is the first... Read more