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By - 2/5/15 - 8:27 am

WBZ reports on the punishment agreed to by the guy who did a flip over the tracks at Park Street in December.

By - 2/5/15 - 2:14 am

The issue isn't paying for expansion vs paying for upkeep. The issue is adequate funding vs inadequate funding.

By - 2/4/15 - 11:39 pm

Gabrielle Gurley ponders this week's MBTA mishegas:

The current responsibility for the underinvestment in the system lies with 198 state lawmakers and their leaders, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and former Senate president Therese Murray.

By - 2/4/15 - 10:18 pm
Ed Coppinger shoveling a bridge in West Roxbury

State Rep. Ed Coppinger (West Roxbury) despaired of the state ever shoveling the Park Street bridge over the Needham Line. So tonight, he and a volunteer went out with shovels and dug a path so people don't have to worry about slipping and killing themselves on it.

MassDOT ignored - We deserve better.

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By - 2/4/15 - 6:49 pm
Aftermath of Braintree train vs. truck crash

Train passes remains of the truck hit by an earlier train.

Brian D'Amico photographed the aftermath of the afternoon crash at a Braintree train crossing where a truck got stuck just as a train approached. The truck driver was able to jump to safety; only a few minor injuries on the train.

Photo copyright Brian D'Amico.

By - 2/4/15 - 4:08 pm

Around noon, according to Transit Police, who add that nobody was hit. The gunfire remains under investigation, police say.

By - 2/4/15 - 9:03 am
Packed platform on the Orange Line at Wellington

At Wellington, riders take train outbound to get on inbound train. Photo by Nick Palmarazzo.

Traffic: You don't want to know.

The T: Trains are running, more or less, but slowly, and wheezing under the load of people trying to get to work and the people trying to get to the Patriots parade. Well, except on commuter rail, where the same conditions exist except for all the trains that were canceled on the more exotic lines, such as Fairmount.... Read more

By - 2/3/15 - 5:52 pm
Blue Line delays

Tim Lawrence reported around 5:45 p.m. that the arrival board at State Street was a lying liar - the Blue Line outbound has severe delays.

By - 2/3/15 - 12:07 pm
Do Your Job T

Bryan Roy whipped up this design after this morning's MBTA snafus, with the snow and the ice and the cracking rails and the decades-old trains.

By - 2/3/15 - 9:27 am
Stuck Green Line riders at Kenmore Square

Green Line riders look for the shuttle buses promised at Kenmore. Photo by Gabi Schaffzin.

It's so bad the "next train" signs aren't working. All lines are experiencing delays, but the Red Line is the worst of them all, according to a T spokesman:

A week of constant exposure to frigid temperatures, ice, and record snowfall has taken a major toll on the MBTA's vehicles and infrastructure. Rail service, particularly on the Red Line and Commuter Rail, will be severely

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By - 2/2/15 - 7:27 pm

Sunday:
Did the MBTA’s late-night experiment really work?

Monday:
Deficit threatens late-night T service

1. Private contributions to the late night T were around $100,000 cash, mostly from old-line companies and associations such as restaurants and Suffolk again.

2. Future Boston Alliance comes off as incredibly annoying because the director berates us while --

3. -- the tech companies etc that are... Read more

By - 2/2/15 - 6:16 pm

So, we won't finance late night MBTA service for people who live and work here year round, but we'll find a way for the Olympics?

By - 2/2/15 - 4:48 pm
Red Line panorama

Red Line riders going nowhere. See it larger. Photo by David.

Whitney Rudin checks in from Park Street:

At Park St they are saying they are attempting to push a redline train up the hill at MGH. Telling all to find other ways home

Devon McGettrick reports:

Been waiting at Central for 60 min.

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By - 2/2/15 - 4:13 pm
Dead Green Line trolleys on Commonwealth Avenue

Wicked long ad-hoc trolley train

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. Now there's a cab stuck on the tracks at Packards Corner.

Shortly before 4 p.m., Beth Wolfe reported:

Stranded @ Warren for 40 min due to struck T. 4 car train push didnt help. Still stranded. Help.

Meanwhile, the Red Line is kind of dead in both directions.... Read more

By - 2/1/15 - 2:32 pm
Firefighters at Downtown Crossing

Firefighters on their way down. Photo by Jonathan Ng.

Down on the Red Line tracks at Downtown Crossing around 2:15 p.m., quickly put out and probably due to the fact that we're all slobs who throw things on the tracks all the time, or something.

By - 2/1/15 - 1:56 pm

Bravo, Emily, bravo!

Rooney confessed to being a tad nervous.

"My heart was beating out of my chest! How do I figure out the little ticket thing?"

H/t Gustavo.

By - 1/30/15 - 7:09 pm
Delays at North Station on commuter rail

Claire gives us the pigeon's eye view of a packed North Station around 6 p.m. as trains just sat there due to everything from them being superannuated to interference from Amtrak. Some delays reached 90 minutes.

By - 1/30/15 - 6:56 pm
Firefighters in Downtown Crossing

Firefighters at Downtown Crossing. Photo by Molly Hester.

Firefighters evacuated the Downtown Crossing T stop around 5:00 p.m. due to smoke on the Orange Line's Forest Hills platform, from the Orange Line train that simply sat there, emulating a doorknob.

As with yesterday's Quincy Center incident, the T blamed a puff of smoke, this time from a failed train motor.

Beyond the Horizon reports it took two hours to get... Read more

By - 1/30/15 - 8:37 am

Still narrowed lanes, trash pickups and school buses are all combining to bring a bit of downtown gridlock to this more suburban neighborhood. ColdSummer reports:

Traffic is so bad on Hyde Park Avenue MBTA bus riders are getting off and walking 3-4 blocks to Forest Hills Station.

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