North Station

By - 1/5/16 - 10:21 pm

Weber King got caught in the "total chaos" exiting the first Garden event since the T entrance on that side of Causeway closed, forcing thousands of people to cross the street to get to the subway:

Yeah, this isn't gong to work, at all. Need a plan B ASAP.

By - 1/5/16 - 6:16 pm
North Station crowds

Tonight, not last February.

Claire Blechman is among those caught in a morass of delays at North Station this evening.

Harry Pierre is stuck, too.

By - 12/18/15 - 11:50 am

At:

http://blog.mass.gov/transportation/mbta/mbta-north-station-headhouse-to...

I like how they removed the phrase 'three year duration' and replaced it with "completion in December 2018". Technically the same information, but sounds like " we hope most people will gloss over it and not do the math".

By - 11/28/15 - 5:11 pm

Passengers of the Green and Orange Line's "super station" at North Station have an underground walkway that exits immediately adjacent to the TD North Garden and the North Station commuter rail concourse. People are only exposed to the elements for about 50 feet or so when making this transition.

However the MBTA has quietly announced that this portal which runs under Causeway Street is closing on January 2 to accommodate construction of the new development next to TD North which is now a parking lot, and the former footprint of the original Boston Garden. Read more.

By - 11/24/15 - 6:16 pm

MassDOT and the MBTA today withdrew impending changes to the schedules of North Station commuter-rail line, saying they will come up with new proposed schedules next month to go into effect this spring - after public comment. Read more.

By - 11/22/15 - 6:56 pm

The Globe reports on complaints about service decreases on some lines. The T basically responds the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, says some lines are getting more service. Read more.

By - 11/18/15 - 1:14 pm

This just in from Keolis:

Keolis Commuter Services, which operates the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail system, finished out the month of October with an unadjusted on-time weekday performance rate of 90.44 percent, the best performance for that month in nearly a decade.

A significant number of delays for the month were caused by trains that had to be operated at lower speeds for safety reasons because of slippery rail conditions. When adjusted for slippery rail and other conditions or incidents not under the control of Keolis, on-time performance was 94.44 percent.

By - 11/18/15 - 8:00 am

Ari Ofsevit analyzes the new train times:

A consultant and a computer model were used for these schedules, but common sense seems to have been left by the wayside.

The most blatant example of this is the timing of the schedules: there are no trains - on any line - arriving at North Station between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m., and none which depart North Station between 6:30 and 7:25 p.m. So for anyone who works a 10 to 6 shift is completely hosed. This needs to be fixed. If no one rode these trains, I could see the logic. But people do.

By - 11/4/15 - 3:58 pm
Salvation Army bell ringer in Downtown Crossing

Downtown Crossing bell ringer today. Photo by Craig Caplan.

It's barely the first week in November, and we already have a bell-ringer sighting.

MBTA North Station subway concourse about 3:40 pm.

Sure, the Army does some very good work. But do us all a favor and wait another six weeks before ringing your bells.

By - 9/24/15 - 9:44 am

CommonWealth Magazine reports House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) has signed onto the Dukakis/Weld effort to build a tunnel between South and North stations.

Backers say the tunnel would not cost much more than the state's current plans to expand South Station and would provide far more benefits, including reducing the need for tracks at South Station, especially if the Postal Service decides to never move from its facility along Fort Point Channel.

By - 8/19/15 - 9:48 am

The former governors say it's last time to connect the two terminals with a rail link.

By - 8/9/15 - 10:50 pm

He somehow wound up under the second car of an outbound train around 10:45 p.m. First responders pulled him out, alive, not long after, from the inbound side, after the power was shut off. Outbound train service remained halted until after 11:30 p.m., as police investigated the incident.

By - 7/15/15 - 3:59 pm
U2 fans outside North Station

John Gage came upon U2 fans outside the Garden hoping for a glimpse of Bono's limo around 2:30 p.m.

By - 7/14/15 - 11:45 am
Old railroad bridge over the Charles River

The Zakim gets all the attention, but the old commuter-rail bridge next to it has its own charms, including a spiral staircase to the top. Molly Hester admired its form from North Point Park in Cambridge yesterday.

By - 6/25/15 - 1:37 pm
Spector

Transit Police report arresting a Wakefield man on charges he punched one of two people who wouldn't give him money, then stabbed the second. Read more.

By - 6/9/15 - 11:29 am

Shortly after 10 a.m., was taken away in bad shape.

Service was halted, causing severe delays.

By - 5/5/15 - 8:06 pm

that convinced the managers at Keolis that there was going to be snow in the forecast. Judging by the cluster that North Station became at the tail end of rush hour, it felt more like the bad old days of February than early May.

By - 4/22/15 - 9:05 am

Finn reports:

The MBTA is playing a message at N Station this morning about how Shawn Thornton takes the T to work.

By - 3/30/15 - 8:26 am

Keolis officials were at North Station this morning thanking commuters for their patience as the company restored all the trains it lost in the snows of February.

Probably just as well they weren't at South Station, where commuters were reporting delays and cancellations on the Providence Line:

Crazy - I'm now an hour and 15 mins behind sched. They cancelled the 6:42 and next train was late, too.

By - 3/10/15 - 12:15 pm

TD Garden officials found themselves before the Boston Licensing Board today, apologizing for being helpless in the face of a force like Garth Brooks.

More specifically, they were there to answer a police citation for "failure to disperse patrons in a safe, timely and orderly fashion" on the night of Jan. 24. Police say the area around and under the Garden - in particular, North Station - was so full of people exiting one Garth Brooks concert and people waiting to enter the next that the result was pedestrian gridlock that kept innocent commuters just trying to get home on commuter rail from getting to their trains on time.

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