The MBTA today announced that a long planned upgrade to Ruggles station should get underway next year. In addition to a new 800-foot long commuter-rail platform that will let more trains stop at the station, the T is also planning an overhaul of the lower busway, replacement of four elevators and the addition of a fifth and expanded pedestrian canopies at either end of the station. Read more.
Around 8 a.m., Adam Kessel boarded an inbound Needham Line train only to find (again):
Bodies packed tight, including in vestibules between cars. Unsafe, uncomfortable. Illegal?
A few minutes later, he checked in from Ruggles:
Train just left Ruggles with dozens unable to deboard, trapped on train. No one around to hear shouts.
A man who likes to carry a brick is scheduled for arraignment today on charges he beat a man at North Station - and tried to push him on the commuter-rail tracks - after finding out the victim was from Mexico, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The Green Line is back and running between Packards Corner and BC after some unspecified power problem knocked out service and got the T to bring in shuttle buses.
The T's reporting "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to a train near JFK/UMass that suffered an attack of permanent frostbite.
An Orange Line train stopped breathing at North Station; the T says the train is gone and the commute is back to normal, but some riders disagree:
Been at state for 20 mins. 1 very over crowded train only!!
Streetcar service thanks to a fallen tree.**
Just got this alert from the T:
Green Line D branch experiencing severe delays due to a fallen tree on the overhead wire at Newton Centre.
**with apologies to Joyce Kilmer
Jennie shows us the tree near Newton Centre responsible for the dreaded "severe" delays on the Riverside Line.
One of the T's newest subway trains suffered a premature demise at Orient Heights and now there are "moderate" delays on the Blue Line.
The T says it's gotten the deceased train off the tracks, but that sort of thing always means residual delays and extra jammed cars. Sutter reports:
Passenger on the platform @ Wollaston asked if we can move in a little more. Everyone in the car said "NO." in unison.
An outbound Worcester Line train gave it all it got, but that just wasn't enough to get past Framingham, so now its passengers have to wait for another train and people who were planning to come into town on the rebound ride will have to do the same.
MassLive reports the T powers that be are expected to vote on a new $277-million order with the Chinese company gearing u to build Red Line cars in Springfield for an additional 120 Red Line cars - turns out that buying new would be cheaper than rehabbing the old cars that would remain.
The T reports it's trying to get the stuck switch unstuck so the train that Sam Sam was waiting for, the one just sitting there just before the Fairmount stop, can get moving again.
The two rail operators are telling a federal judge they're maybe a month away from resolving a $29-million dispute over the cost of Northeast Corridor service in Massachusetts. Read more.
Deb Beatty Mel had some time to study one of the massive ventilation fans being installed at Forest Hills as the T's contractors work to build a new Orange Line/commuter rail entrance on the other side of the tunnel under the impending revamped Arborway.