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.
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 says. He stayed on the tracks, which cross the Charles River, despite a blood-alcohol level measured at 0.19, more than twice the legal limit, according to the DA's office.
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.
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 Nancy explains:
An inbound Orange Line train lay down and died this morning at North Station. Jennifer, who was on the train, reports:
They said ātrain is out of serviceā, 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 and refused to go further.
On the Lowell Line, a section of track made like a bad tooth and cracked.
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.
The MBTA is broken so I'm stuck on a commuter rail train where tensions are getting high... Please send backup and Starbucks.
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).
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.
One at North Station, one at Reservoir, both making life more interesting for morning commuters.
Happened Wednesday night, Boston Metro reports.
The Boston Business Journal reports on the latest proposal over the past couple decades by the owners of the Garden for the parking lot where the Garden used to be - a mixed-use development with a 45-story tower and two shorter buildings.
Transit Police report arresting a Saugus man on charges he indecently touched two women on two different subway lines.
Transit Police report arresting a Plaistow, NH man trying to get on a train at North Station yesterday on charges he waved a knife at a conductor on the line last week.
According to police, Eric Foster's ire was raised on the evening of Aug. 9 when his Haverhill train reached the end of the line and a conductor tried to rouse him from his sleep:
Lengthy delays on the Orange Line originally due to problems related to the Michelob truck stuck on I-93 only escalated during the evening rush when power went out on the tracks north of North Station.
Transit Police report arresting a North Andover man on a charge of groping a woman on the Orange Line around 9:50 a.m. on an inbound train pulling into North Station.
Around 4:50 p.m., Clownface3 found herself on a stuck inbound train just before North Station:
Orange Line train from Oak Grove heading into North Station is stalled in the tunnel, making weird noises. 3 minutes & counting.
And did I mention that I'm in a car filled with 20+ kids heading home from a summer camp field trip?
The camp counselors are telling the kids there are dragons on the MBTA train track & the conductors need to slay them before we move.
Two minutes later:
WBUR reports on plans to finally hide that ugly blank front wall of the Garden with two mixed-use buildings featuring retail space, offices and, of course, 500 luxury apartments and a 200-room hotel.
Transit Police report a surveillance camera captured a man in the act of stealing a worker's T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 phone out of a North Station information booth around 12:20 p.m. last Thursday.
They've posted a series of the photos in the hopes of tracking down the man, whom they describe as white, about 35, 5'5" to 5'7" with a heavy build. He was wearing a blue, long-sleeved shirt with a black and blue stripped tie and black pants and had a black backpack.