Orange Line

By - 1/8/15 - 2:58 pm

What initially seemed like a possible fire on a crossover switch just past North Station around 2:40 p.m. turned out to be smoke from a brake pad on a passing train that got jammed against a wheel, the MBTA says.

The T shut power on the inbound side to let firefighters assess the situation as disabled train was moved to Wellington for repair.

Around 2:40 p.m., both Meredith Sandiford and Anne Hjortshoj reported smoke at Downtown Crossing.

By - 1/8/15 - 8:32 am
No room on the Orange Line at Back Bay

Hopefully, the Angry Screaming Orange Line Driver had today off. Photo by Jed Hresko.

Well, they did warn us. Track problems on the Fairmount Line, a dead train on the Haverhill Line, switch problems on the Kingston/Plymouth Line, signal problems on the Providence/Stoughton Line all add up to commuter woes. There's a dead train somewhere on the Orange Line, and a Green Line trolley pulled into Kenmore with no heat, although as Bart Antista explains:

Great #mbta worker got everyone off and on another train. Nice work this morning #welldone

By - 12/27/14 - 9:29 pm

Transit Police report a man on the inbound tracks at Roxbury Crossing was hit and killed by a train around 6:25 p.m. Police described him as white and apparently in his 30s.

The Boston Fire Department reports the man was on the tracks just before the station and that after the train stopped, firefighters escorted passengers off the train to the platform.

Buses replaced Orange Line service between Forest Hills and Back Bay.

By - 12/19/14 - 9:31 am

Photo by TPD.

Transit Police report they are looking for these three guys on charges they beat and "verbally abused" a man at State Street on the Orange Line around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The three are in their early to mid-20s.

The first subject was wearing a black and white horizontal sweater, blue jeans and blue sneakers. The second subject was wearing a dark colored jacket with a white hooded sweatshirt underneath, dark jeans and brown boots. The third subject was wearing, dark colored zip-up sweater, dark jeans and dark boots.

By - 12/7/14 - 11:24 am

UPDATE: Transit Police report the woman suffered life-threatening injuries.

Orange Line service was shut shortly after 8 a.m. as firefighters and EMTs rushed to Jackson Square to extricate somebody from under a train there. The T ran shuttle buses until around 9:15 a.m., when regular service was resumed. No further details available.

By - 12/5/14 - 5:48 pm

Orange Line service was halted for awhile around 5:40 p.m. after somebody fell on the tracks at Sullivan Square. Police were able to get him off the tracks to await the arrival of EMTs so that service could resume.

By - 11/28/14 - 11:23 am

Entering Boston reflects on the transition from the old to the new Boston, as signaled by the demolition of the Orange Line el through Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, as highlighted through the lens of the photos in Dirty Old Boston:

What photos in Dirty Old Boston also bring back to mind is how many people would gather outside, for one occasion or another. Even the marches for Occupy Boston in 2011 were a far cry from larger turn-outs downtown protesting the Vietnam War, racial inequality in the public schools, or the attempt to remedy inequality through mandatory busing. Before the seventies, Boston also had larger crowds at other events, from Park League baseball and football games to neighborhood parades.

By - 11/20/14 - 4:01 pm

This is a little after the fact, but I haven't seen it on UHub or anywhere else: Amtrak has closed its ticket office at Back Bay station.

By - 11/17/14 - 5:12 pm
Orange Line orange

Little Miss makes us wonder what would be a good symbol for the other lines.

By - 11/17/14 - 9:55 am

Witts and Snyder.

Two homeless people will be arraigned today on charges they brutally attacked a T worker - even ripping hair out of his scalp - when he tried to usher them out of the Downtown Crossing station early Sunday.

When Transit Police arrived around 3:30 a.m., the inspector was "bleeding profusely" from the nose and had numerous bruises on his face, according to a police report. Officers also observed fresh hair and blood on the sidewalk, "spreading across an area approximately 30 feet in length."

By - 11/15/14 - 3:51 pm

Transit Police report a woman, apparently in her 20s, fell on the inbound tracks around 3:15 p.m., just as a train was entering the station.

Boston Fire Department personnel extricated the victim and she was transported to a local area hospital with NON life threatening injuries.

Boston EMS Incidents reports she was alert and conscious as firefighters worked to get her out.

By - 11/10/14 - 6:42 am

A southbound Orange Line train turned blue and could not be revived, according to an MBTA alert that went out at 6:23 a.m.

By - 11/6/14 - 6:50 pm
Dogs on the Orange Line

Jed Hresko spotted some dogged determination on the Orange Line this evening, on a Forest Hills train just past State.

By - 11/3/14 - 5:09 pm

So this train pulls into State Street and the doors just won't open, to the point where people start banging on the doors, which, of course, does nothing to make them work. The T finally managed to unload that train somehow, but now it's reporting "severe" delays on the Citrus Line.

By - 10/31/14 - 7:55 am
Green Line refugees on the Orange Line at Back Bay

Back Bay: Orange Line now reporting delays due to all the Green Line refugees. Photo by Alexander Zafris.

One of those dreaded "track issues" means no service at all between Arlington and Haymarket. Use the Orange Line, the T advises, and pray it doesn't die, too.

Jason Greeley reported at 8:20:

Broken rail at Boylston, no shuttle, stuck for half an hour in a tunnel.

UPDATE, 8:49 a.m.: And now the entire E line is dead and the T is advising that "Orange Line experiencing moderate delays due to heavy ridership as a result of the Green Line track issue."

By - 10/29/14 - 5:40 pm

Updated with information from Transit Police.

Transit Police report a man pulled out from under a southbound Orange Line train at Haymarket this evening has died.

The man was conscious and talking to firefighters as they extricated him around 6:15 p.m. about 35 minutes after he was hit by the train. The man, white and apparently in his 40s, was rushed to Mass. General, where he died about 8:30 p.m.

Transit Police say foul play is not suspected.

By - 10/29/14 - 2:35 pm
Wanted man

Transit Police have released photos of a guy they say unzipped and "intentionally exposed his genitalia to several passengers" on an outbound Orange Line train between Back Bay and Mass. Ave. around 8:20 p.m. yesterday.

The guy then exited the train at Mass. Ave., police say.

If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or text an anonymous tip to 873873.

By - 10/28/14 - 5:53 pm
Johnson

Transit Police report arresting Robert Johnson, 49, of Jamaica Plain, in connection with a failed robbery attempt last night inside Back Bay station

According to police, his victim, a 62-year-old woman, had just gotten off a 39 bus around 11:25 p.m. when Johnson asked her for some money. When she declined, police say:

By - 10/23/14 - 4:58 pm
Waiting for a shuttle bus at Wellington due to Orange Line being dead

Riders probably too tired to beef at Wellington about bustitution. Photo by Tim Healey.

Just at the start of rush hour, a train just outside Malden Center proved worse off than a doorknob. The Malden Fire Department had to be called into to evacuate the packed train, which means the T had to shut off power in both directions between Malden and Wellington. Shuttle buses were bruited about.

By - 10/21/14 - 6:57 pm

It was just another one of those evenings where trains became too weary to go any further, leading to the usual extended-version commutes on both the Red and Orange lines.