North Station

By - 2/20/15 - 6:33 pm

Around 5:50 p.m., Ryan McGee reported:

What a difference a day has made: North Station crowds normal at 6 pm for first time in weeks.

Danielle Dulcinos responds:

Pretty similar scene at South Station. Only minor delays it seems and thin crowds. Eerie.

Yesterday:

As subways, bus routes slowly improve, commuter rail remains the province of the damned.... Read more

By - 2/20/15 - 5:06 pm

from the fact you're cancelling trains. Just don't post the cancelled trains on your information board. At least that's what Keolis did this afternoon, as the board at North Station now shows fewer trains, instead of showing the full schedule with the notation "Cancelled" next to those trains they don't run under the "modified winter schedule".

Not sure if I totally approve of the idea,... Read more

By - 2/19/15 - 5:50 pm
Crowded North Station

We started seeing reports of pleasant rides on the T today. Except from commuter-rail riders, who continue to find themselves jammed into stations waiting for trains that never come, or leave, or, who knows, even exist at all. Claire Blechman was among those trying to get into North Station this evening.

Down the Greenway, Heather Parker went up for a view of the... Read more

By - 2/18/15 - 10:39 pm

UPDATE :Firefighters extinguished the fire and left the tracks about 10:45 p.m

Around 10:35 p.m. Firefighters asked the T to cut power on the outbound side so they could douse a small trash fire about 100 feet past the platform; the T cut power in both directions.

By - 2/11/15 - 7:28 pm
Back Bay nightmare on the Orange Line

Around 5:30 p.m. at Back Bay, Patrick Shea urged anybody considering the Orange Line to forget about it, as the T ran fewer trains on the line than usual due to snow-related whatevers.

Claire Blechman reports things weren't much better at North Station:

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 - 1/16/15 - 9:49 am
Proposed new entrance to Boston Garden

Proposed new entrance to the Garden from developer's BRA filing.

The Herald reports Star Market has agreed to build a mega-market in the $1-billion mixed-use development planned for that vacant space in front of the Garden and the train station.

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... Read more

By - 12/9/14 - 11:26 am
Haymarket Square in 1909

The Boston City Archives has begun digitizing its collection of photos of Boston Elevated Railway photos, including a set showing construction of the North Station/Lechmere section, such as this photo of Haymarket Square on March 24, 1909.

Posted under this Creative Commons license.... Read more

By - 11/11/14 - 7:23 pm
Dead Fitchburg train

Changing trains on the tracks. Photo by Billy Lazarro.

Even normally pessimistic Fitchburg Line commuters probably didn't expect this: By 7 p.m., the 5:30 train to Fitchburg train hadn't moved more than a few feet from North Station. As Billy Lazarro explains, passengers finally walked down the track to another train, which also then just sat there.

By - 10/31/14 - 6:46 pm

An Allston man faces drunk-driving charges after police found him and his car on the tracks at North Station early this morning, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Matthias Grenon, 22, somehow got on the commuter-rail tracks near the train-repair facility in Somerville, then headed inbound on the tracks without slipping off until he pulled into the station around 2:20 a.m., the DA's office... Read more

By - 4/15/14 - 2:00 pm

Mass Transit reports the first of 40 new commuter-rail locomotives is scheduled to pull out of North Station at 10:30 a.m., as part of Train 213 on the Haverhill line.

The locomotives, built in Idaho, will replace locomotives with an average age of 35 to 40 years, providing more reliable service, less pollution and better fuel efficiency.... Read more

By - 2/6/14 - 9:19 am
Trying to get on a train to Lechmere

By all accounts, the T ran pretty well yesterday. Today? Well, Kyle Geiste explains this photo he took at North Station:

Lechmere-bound platform at North Station. 3-4 trains have passed us. There must be a better way.

It is, naturally, even worse on the Red Line, where trains took a break from expiring yesterday, but picked up where they left off today. As ... Read more

By - 1/9/14 - 7:49 am

An inbound Orange Line train lay down and died this morning at North Station. Jennifer, who was on the train, reports:

They said “train is out of service”, but not letting anyone off. WTF.

The driver then came by each car and opened one door to let riders exit.

A Green Line train headed to Cleveland Circle decided it like Park Street just fine... Read more

By - 1/7/14 - 8:17 am

People coming into Boston from the north are stuck sitting on trains just on the other side of the Charles River bridge thanks to signals that are refusing to signal.

Tom reports:

The MBTA is broken so I'm stuck on a commuter rail train where tensions are getting high... Please send backup and Starbucks.

The Green, Red and Orange lines have had the usual... Read more

By - 1/3/14 - 5:47 pm

Because frozen switches mean nobody knows when they're getting home tonight.

UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: MBCR reports the problem is fixed, but that commuters should expect "residual" delays.

By - 12/16/13 - 5:02 pm

Trains out of North Station this afternoon were either canceled or delayed due to a fire in the T's commuter-rail maintenance facility (the big blue building just outside North Station).

By - 12/9/13 - 8:20 am

If you're suddenly realizing you left your laptop and your backpack under a seat on the Green Line last night or this morning, well, every other Lechmere rider now hates you.

Red Line riders are having issues as well, due to an unconscious person having to be taken off a train at Park Street.

By - 10/24/13 - 7:46 am

One at North Station, one at Reservoir, both making life more interesting for morning commuters.

By - 9/26/13 - 11:19 am

Happened Wednesday night, Boston Metro reports.

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