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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.

By - 10/14/16 - 2:02 pm

At 1:35 p.m., the MBTA sent out this tweet:

Lowell Train 319 (1:15 pm outbound) is operating 15-25 minutes behind schedule between North Station and Lowell due to terminal congestion.

By - 10/13/16 - 9:12 am

The Globe reports on seven derailments last year and five this year.

By - 10/12/16 - 2:24 pm

The T had to halt Orange Line service in both directions at Back Bay around 2:10 p.m. when a man went for a walk on the tracks towards Tufts. Transit Police officers found the wayward soul and escorted him to a waiting cruiser for a ride down to TPD headquarters for a little booking action.

By - 10/11/16 - 10:24 am

UPDATE: The power problem is on account of the third rail catching fire.

From the T web page:

Orange Line notice: Due to a power problem at Malden Center, please board on the northbound platforms between Oak Grove and Wellington for northbound and southbound service.

A shuttle train will operate in both directions between Oak Grove and Wellington Stations. Please board on the northbound platforms.

Affected stops:
Oak Grove
Malden Center
Wellington

Last Updated: 10/11/2016 10:16:15 AM

By - 10/11/16 - 9:03 am

WBZ reports that's one possibility for dealing with South Boston bus stops that are bursting at the seams - although state Rep. Nick Collins, who suggested the idea said the real answer is more bus service.