The T

By - 10/25/16 - 8:11 am

The morning commute started with a non-viable train at Quincy Center. Just as that was clearing up, things slowed to a crawl again on the Braintree line due to signal problems at JFK/UMass.

By - 10/24/16 - 6:53 pm

On Saturday morning, officials will run an exercise at Alewife station to simulate what happens when a Red Line train stops in a tunnel and the tunnel and T stop start filling with smoke, Cambridge Police report. Read more.

By - 10/24/16 - 6:38 pm

Transit Police report arresting a Burlington man they say was so angered his T driver wouldn't let him off between stops near the Burlington Mall that he threw a tantrum that included him smashing windows and ended with him grabbing the driver's throat and screaming "Do you want to die?" Read more.

By - 10/24/16 - 5:49 pm

Around 530 p.m., a motor vehicle got up close and personal with both a bus and an E-Line trolley. Extensive damage to the car; no injuries. The Green Line is now suspended between Brigham Circle and Heath Street; riders are supposed to hop on a 39 bus instead.

By - 10/24/16 - 5:25 pm
Park Street Red Line station is crowded

Park Street under the weather. Photo by Meri.

A Red Line train came up lame at Central Square and now the line is awful in both directions. Of course. Even T workers are joining in the testiness:

The staff at Kendall just had the gall to yell at us for blocking the entrances.

Read more.

By - 10/24/16 - 9:06 am

The MBTA is reporting delays on both the Red and Orange lines due to track problems on both lines near Downtown Crossing.

By - 10/24/16 - 8:48 am

Aside from the general suckitude on the Fairmount Line, Keolis this morning is blaming delays on the dreaded slippery rail, from all those slippery leaves that fell in the weekend monsoon.

By - 10/24/16 - 8:39 am

A couple days ago, the Globe reported how Keolis treats the Faimount Line like its spare-parts bin - pulling equipment off the line when other lines have problems. This morning, Samantha Sergeant reports:

now 754 Fairmount Readville is having engine issues after already 20mins late! WTF R WE PAYING U 4?!?!

By - 10/23/16 - 8:54 pm
Smoke at South Station

Smoky South Station. Photo by Doug Wilder.

UPDATE, 10:20 p.m. Red Line service was supposedly back to normal.

A touch of a trash fire on the Red Line tracks tonight. Quickly brought under control, but you know how that causes cascading delays up and down the line. Boston firefighters returned control of the tracks to the T around 8:50 p.m., but that brought no relief to riders because the train that may have caused the problem was stuck at Downtown Crossing. Instead, the T began corralling buses to shuttle riders between Park Street and JFK in both directions. Read more.

By - 10/22/16 - 10:23 pm

Alex Cook made this costume for his nephew for Halloween.

I asked him what he was going to be for Halloween and he said, "A train!" and then immediately specified with "A green line train!!!" My sister had to tell him he was just going to be a normal train since she didn't have time to make one and couldn't find a green line train costume to buy. So I started on my quest with a $1.50 moving box and some duct tape.

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 10/22/16 - 7:35 am

On Oct. 21, 1996, after nearly a foot of rain, the Muddy River overflowed its banks and poured into the Riverside Line tunnel into the T stop.

Today, the T is stocked with sandbags, which workers pile in front of the portal whenever it looks like the normally sedate Muddy River might overflow again. And the current work along the Muddy River is aimed in large part at preventing another flood like that one.

By - 10/19/16 - 4:46 pm

Around 4:25 p.m., the T advised Red Line riders:

Delays due to Vice Presidential motorcade

More specifically, due to the motorcade passing by the junction at JFK/UMass (what, you thought we meant this junction?).

By - 10/19/16 - 3:04 pm

The Orange Line is shut due to something smoldering on the tracks between Downtown Crossing and Chinatown. The Chinatown station was evacuated due to the smoke.

By - 10/19/16 - 1:02 pm

WGBH reports on comments by US Rep. Seth Moulton on why he supports the North-South Rail Link between North and South stations. State officials have long said, nah, let's expand South Station, even though they've yet to convince the Postal Service to move out of its current facility there.

By - 10/19/16 - 8:26 am

Our own Jim Sullivan writes about a recent tour he and Mattapan Line driver Tim Murphy gave a Japanese reporter and some transit enthusiasts and wonders why the T doesn't promote the PCC ride as a tourist attraction:

The Mattapan-Ashmont line is a true tourist attraction. Drivers like Tim Murphy love to show it off. Why the T doesn’t better promote one of its true gems is the real puzzler.

By - 10/18/16 - 9:59 am
Bus in a condo building in South Boston

Eileen Murphy happened upon this Southie storrowing on East 1 Street around 8 last night. No injuries, at least.

Jason Muth reports the driver may have been trying to get around a large truck on the other side of the street.

By - 10/17/16 - 10:04 am
Commonwealth Avenue in Boston at sunrise

Jonathan Levitt was up and at 'em on Commonwealth Avenue this morning.

By - 10/16/16 - 5:41 pm

We thought the 34E between Forest Hills and Walpole was a long route, but Jason Rabinowitz reports today that he saw a yellow-and-white bus with a destination sign of "Harvard" in Valley Stream, NY (it borders Queens - which also has a Forest Hills). So the T is testing out a really long new route, the driver got horribly lost, somebody stole a T bus and drove it 200+ miles or the T has sent buses down there for repairs.