The T

By - 12/17/18 - 7:45 pm
Keytar Bear in the subway

David Weininger caught Keytar Bear in his Christmas finest at Park Street at rush hour.

Maria M., meanwhile, caught him upstairs at Downtown Crossing a couple of nights ago.

By - 12/16/18 - 10:02 pm

Up until now, the T has been testing that one new Orange Line train on that weird third track north of Boston, but look at this photo from the T's Joe Pesaturo tonight. Could we actually see it in operation as promised by the end of the year? Read more.

By - 12/14/18 - 1:45 pm

The MBTA will hold a drill inside the Riverside Line's tunnel between Kenmore and Fenway stations between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday: Read more.

By - 12/13/18 - 10:27 pm

All those spiffy newish trains on the Blue Line don't do you much good when a piece of track cracks open like a tooth needing a crown. The T reports delays of up to 20 minutes due to cracked track near Maverick.

By - 12/13/18 - 8:58 am

A Dig reporter has to get up pretty early in the morning to catch the one train a day that leaves Plimptonville for Boston - it departs at 6:58 a.m.

I drove to Plimptonville one morning this fall, I think to find its reason for existing. Assuming there is one.

By - 12/12/18 - 3:38 pm

Mark A. Grasso was heading into town on Train 414 on the Fitchburg Line, which pulled into Belmont shortly after noon - and then just sat there. He reports: Read more.

By - 12/12/18 - 12:56 pm

The MBTA reports you'll have some extra time to catch up with Facebook on your phone if you take the Blue Line because of an unspecified "power problem" at Wonderland, which on the Blue Line often means one of the overhead power lines is no longer quite so overhead.

By - 12/12/18 - 8:53 am

The MBTA is reporting all sorts of issues and schedule changes on the Worcester Line due to a train that thought it could, but it couldn't, so it just stopped moving altogether just barely out of Worcester.

By - 12/11/18 - 12:37 pm
Red Line train just stitting outside a station

Red Line train scared of South Station, so it just sits there, frozen. Photo by Celtkicks.

The MBTA reports that delays on the Red Line due to signal issues near Kendall are persisting into the afternoon.

Art Transform is beginning to wonder why the T insists on saying the delays are no more than 15 minutes: Read more.

By - 12/11/18 - 11:54 am

Luis Ramirez is out as T general manager and Steve Poftak is in, WBZ reports. Unlike Ramirez, from Texas and Beverly Scott, from Atlanta, Poftak is local - he's currently executive director of Harvard University’s Rappaport Institute. He's also currently vice chairman of the Fiscal Management and Control Board that oversees the T.

By - 12/11/18 - 9:27 am

The MBTA reports train 708, which was supposed to leave Franklin at 7:50 a.m., has some sort of mechanical problem and so is going wicked slow and was expected to get into South Station 45 to 60 minutes late. Eamonn McHugh-Roohr reports from the voyage of the darned:

Ice in the brake lines and engineer flying blind.

By - 12/11/18 - 9:06 am

The MBTA reports a troublesome trolley is causing delays inbound on the B Line.

By - 12/11/18 - 8:57 am

This morning's pokey Red Line ride is brought to you by faulty signals near Kendall, the MBTA says. And the T wonders why ridership is down, Beth Ann Turnquist writes:

I’ve been sitting on the train for an hour and have heard every excuse so far from, ‘experiencing traffic’, to disabled train ahead, to signal problem. This is why people just drive into town causing road congestion, because it’s better than this.

By - 12/10/18 - 12:33 pm
Simmons

Transit Police report arresting a Quincy man they say told officers he got so mad at somebody he was talking to on the phone that he head butted a window of the Red Line train he was on, cracking it and leaving officers no choice but to arrest him on a charge of malicious destruction of property. Screaming at fellow passengers did not help his case, police add. Read more.

By - 12/10/18 - 12:26 pm

The Globe reports an Orange Line driver had to be escorted out of his train at Downtown Crossing this morning when he refused to drive the train any further and began ranting over the PA about how dangerous the train is.

By - 12/8/18 - 2:55 pm
Kenmore Square platform on the Green Line

Jesse the roving UHub photographer didn't have much room to rove at Kenmore on the Green Line around 2 p.m., due to continuing problems caused by the trolley that derailed just outside the tunnel this morning.

By - 12/8/18 - 11:09 am
Derailed trolley outside Kenmore Square

UPDATE: After 11 hours, the B Line started running again.

A B Line trolley went off the rails as it trudged along just past Kenmore Square. WBZ reports there were no passengers on board at the time, and no injuries.

By - 12/7/18 - 9:00 am

Around 11:10 p.m. at the Old Sudbury Road crossing. Read more.

By - 12/6/18 - 10:24 am
Crowding on the Blue Line at Maverick Square

You may have read recently that the Blue Line is the exception to declining ridership on the MBTA's subway lines. Lisa Jacobson doesn't just read stuff like that, she lives it: Shortly before 9 a.m. today, she reported from a crowded Maverick Square station: Read more.

By - 12/4/18 - 6:42 pm

The MBTA is now running shuttle buses on the Red Line between Quincy Adams and Braintree because of the power's gone out across Braintree this evening.