The issue isn't paying for expansion vs paying for upkeep. The issue is adequate funding vs inadequate funding.
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.
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.... Read more
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.
Around noon, according to Transit Police, who add that nobody was hit. The gunfire remains under investigation, police say.
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
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.
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.
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... Read more
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
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?
Owen Smith is among the people packed into South Station this afternoon.
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.
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.
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.