Orange Line

Orange Line

By - 12/12/13 - 6:31 am

The Globe reports MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott has ordered an audit of all the third rails on the Red, Orange and Blue lines to try to stave off the sort of problems that bollixed commutes on the Red Line Wednesday morning and Tuesday evening.

Carl Stevens reports the inspections will focus on the welds that connect sections of the third rail together.

By - 12/11/13 - 5:22 pm
Tufts Medical Center in the dark

Attack of the shadow people this afternoon. Photo by Justin.

Around 2 p.m., Adam Castiglioni reported the lights were out at the Tufts Medical Center stop.

Transit Police responded fairly quickly:

Electricians are working on the problem and additional staff were sent to the station to assist passengers.

As of 5 p.m., however, Boston to a T reports:

Still pretty much pitch black at Tufts Medical station.

By - 12/7/13 - 12:06 pm
Cans of Tab at Green Street

Ezra Freedman wonders:

For years there have been cans of Tab at the end of the Green Street platform, what's the deal?

Ed. note: So that's what happened to Steve Slyne's stash after his place in West Roxbury got turned into the Real Deal!

Steve Slyne's Tab sign
By - 12/6/13 - 10:40 am

Two Transit Police officers couldn't keep a large man from flinging himself off the Orange Line bridge over the Mystic River early on Nov. 17, but they didn't give up on him - ultimately helping him out of the cold water and into the back of a waiting ambulance.

Officers Eli Bojorquez and Kenneth Phillips will be given formal commendations at a ceremony next Wednesday for saving the man's life after his 30-foot plunge.

By - 12/4/13 - 7:28 am

You get a delay! And you get a delay! And you get a delay!

Trains lapsed into unconsciousness on the Red Line and the C, D and E trolley lines. But the Orange Line saved the worst for last: A dead train at Ruggles that sat there for nearly 20 minutes before operators got the idea to get the train behind it to push it out of the way a little after 9 a.m.

Anna Lawless was on the pusher train:

After sitting outside Ruggles for 20 mins, we seem to be pushing the disabled train ahead of us.

By - 11/30/13 - 10:57 pm
Celebrating 105 years of the Washington Street tunnel

A.P. Blake captures authors Jeremy Fox (l) and Andrew Elder at Downtown Crossing today, celebrating the 105th anniversary of the Washington Street tunnel, which today forms the downtown core of the Orange Line (they're holding a copy of their new book about the Orange Line).

By - 11/29/13 - 11:57 am

Smoky Tufts platform. Photo by BFD.

A fire in an electrical room just beyond the inbound platform at Tufts Medical Center brought the Orange Line to an abrupt end this morning.

The Boston Fire Department reports a 15,000-volt line began to smolder around 10:10 a.m. Firefighters had to bring in dry-powder extinguishers to put out the fire - and several "smoke ejectors" to clear the smoke out of the station.

The station was turned back to the T around 11:50 a.m. Service on the Orange Line resumed shortly after noon - although the Tufts Medical Center stop remained shut.

By - 11/21/13 - 6:22 am

One of the first trains from Oak Grove this morning got to Malden said that's it, it's not going any further and refused to move.

By - 11/15/13 - 9:12 am

A train died at Oak Grove around 8:30 a.m.

By - 11/13/13 - 7:34 am

A dead train gave Orange Line commuters extra time to check e-mail or read the Metro cover to cover and back again. Around 7, Ford Inbody tweeted:

Overall from Sullivan Square to Back Bay took me 52 minutes. Normally around 20 in the morning.

That included waiting 20 miunutes at Sullivan just for a train to show up and 10 minutes just sitting at Downtown Crossing.

There was also a dead train on the Red Line, but that was around 6 a.m., when hardly anybody was awake to notice.

By - 11/8/13 - 6:50 am

Updated

At least two trains died on the Red Line this morning, one around 6:30 a.m. at Porter and another a little more than an hour later just outside Alewife.

It was the latter death that bollixed up the morning commute. At 8:19 a.m., Jessica tweeted:

Commuters have been waiting at N Quincy since 7:35am. When will there be room on the #mbta to get on? #freezing & it's not even snowing yet.

Around 6:40 a.m., Orange Line riders heading into town from the north got to join in on the fun when one of their trains died.

By - 11/7/13 - 9:13 am

Signal problems at Sullivan Square mean sardine-level packing on inbound Orange Line trains this morning.

Meanwhile, there are major delays on the Worcester Line due to a train hitting and killing somebody.

By - 11/5/13 - 4:18 pm

Around 1 p.m. The MBTA reports:

There was no train in the area. He made no contact with the third rail. Taken to Brigham and Women's to be checked out.

A witness on the platform says he appeared to just pass out and fall down, on the left track:

By - 11/5/13 - 10:05 am
Wanted for larceny.

Transit Police report they are looking for a guy who helped himself to $20 from the wallet of a person in a wheelchair at the Downtown Crossing T stop on Oct. 17.

He's described as Hispanic, with black and grey hair, about 5’8" and 165 lbs.

If you know him, contact Transit Police detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous tip to 873873.

By - 11/4/13 - 8:51 am

Anna Sims reports what the driver of her Green Line train said:

This train is having issues, I'm not sure it will get you where you're going.

Perhaps she's on the same train as Mark, who reports:

20 minutes to go 5 stops on the b line. I know I shouldn't expect much of the b line but yikes,

Both the Green Line and the Orange Line had dead trains this morning.

UPDATE: The Red Line didn't want to be left out, so it had a train die at JFK.

By - 10/30/13 - 7:34 am

The morning starts with a dead train at Wellington on the Orange Line, a dead Green Line trolley somewhere on Huntington or South Huntington and a dead train outbound at Maverick on the Blue Line (say, aren't those the T's newest and freshest subway trains?).

By - 10/29/13 - 7:48 am

Doc Sigma tweets:

A woman outside Forest Hills Station is going around trying to sell vibrators.

Emily Chionchio checks in from the Red Line:

Second seat for your muffin, that's a new one on the Red Line.

She kept awkwardly nibbling on it and was seated facing it like it was her life partner.

By - 10/22/13 - 12:46 pm

Gov. Patrick said today riders of increasingly decrepit Red and Orange Line trains will see relief in 2019, when the first of new cars begin arriving under a schedule set by the MBTA board of directors:

By - 10/16/13 - 4:52 pm

Don't think of them as "severe delays." Think of them as chances to get to know your fellow riders better.

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