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By adamg - 3/30/23 - 3:49 pm

The MBTA reports Green Line delays of up to 20minutes due to a trolley with a broken door at Government Center. This is atop issues caused by a track problem at Haymarket, on top of the problems caused by all the slow zones and the lack of dispatchers.

By adamg - 3/30/23 - 10:39 am
Guy arrested for kicking man onto subway tracks at State Street

Man in act of kicking somebody onto train tracks. Surveillance photos via TPD.

Transit Police report arresting a Whitman man on charges he kicked somebody onto the Blue Line tracks at State Street around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, a few hours before he allegedly then stabbed another person in the face at a Whitman apartment complex. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/23 - 11:24 pm

The Globe reports the T won't say if the guy was fired - just days before the new general manager was named - but says he is no longer supervising anything for the T from his homes in Hawaii and Delaware, among other places that are nowhere near the MBTA service area.

By adamg - 3/29/23 - 5:31 pm

Update: Suspect arrested.

Boston Police are investigating how the driver of a shuttle bus got stabbed in an incident that appears to have started on Washington Street at Archdale Road in Roslindale and ended in a parking lot just south of Ukraine Way. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/23 - 9:59 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports the T has added a couple million dollars to its 2024-2028 capital plan to hire a consultant to look at redesigning JFK/UMass, where one entrance had to be shut for four months and where a man fell to his death on a stairway missing stairs that had never been removed despite being marked as unsafe.

By adamg - 3/28/23 - 9:50 am
Wrecked car at Readville train station

Transit Police report that early Sunday, a man plowed into the cement-anchored sign at one of the Hyde Park Avenue parking lots at the Readville commuter-rail stop, called an Uber and then left the destroyed remains of his car behind.

Police say they tracked down the man and will charge him with leaving the scene of an accident.

By adamg - 3/27/23 - 3:58 pm

New MBTA General Manager Phillip Eng said today he's looking forward to the challenge of righting a transit system falling apart at the seams, with massive delays due to track problems, other safety issues and inadequate staffing caused by decades of disinvestment in the system. Read more.

By adamg - 3/27/23 - 9:37 am

Gov. Healey today announced she's hired Phillip Eng, who retired as president of the Long Island Rail Road last year, as the new general manager of the embattled MBTA. Read more.

By adamg - 3/27/23 - 9:01 am
Inside the Alewife lobby

The MBTA reports the Alewife lobby and the fifth level of the garage re-opened for commuters today, reducing the time it takes them to get down to the platform to wait for a train. Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/23 - 10:32 am
MBTA tweet that bus service was delayed due to Casey Affleck

Crews were busy filming a scene for the Matt Damon/Casey Affleck crime-caper film at City Hall last night. Lots of faux emergency vehicles with blue lights flashing everywhere, film workers and actors doing film work and acting and the whole nine yards. Enter Stage Right: The shuttle buses called in to replace the Red Line due to signal work: Read more.

By adamg - 3/23/23 - 12:30 pm
Slow zone on the MBTA

The black triangles show where trains can't go more than 10 m.p.h.

The MBTA has unveiled its speed restrictions dashboard so you can see where somebody on a bicycle can pedal faster than a subway train - like much of the Blue Line and the Green Line between Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton and the Lechmere viaduct.

The T promises to update the page every day so riders can follow along as the T clears, or doesn't, the slow zones that have long plagued riders and all the new ones that were added over the past couple months.

By adamg - 3/22/23 - 10:36 am
Nips on a new Red Line train

Billyinboston spotted this flock of pints on what is now a properly broken-in new Red Line car yesterday.

Councilor calls for ban on nips.

By adamg - 3/21/23 - 10:17 pm
Bit of collision between a trolley and a car at Chiswick Road

A roving UHub photographer captured the scene along Commonwealth Avenue at Chiswick Road when a driver realized he could not occupy the same space as a Green Line trolley shortly before 6:45 p.m. The T was forced to bustitute for about a half hour until the car and the trolley could be removed.

By adamg - 3/21/23 - 6:37 pm
Waiting for the Orange Line at State

Robert Orthman was among the teeming Orange Line riders who had to make like Godot after some leaves along the tracks caught fire near Oak Grove at rush hour, because you know how those leaves get on a dry day.

By adamg - 3/19/23 - 9:54 pm
Somebody with a borg

Swimman79 spotted somebody carrying a borg - although possibly filled with something other than vodka - on the Orange Line today. Or, since this is Boston, he says, it was a Mark Walborg.

By adamg - 3/19/23 - 9:23 pm
A cheetah

Not quite up to full sprinting speed yet.

The MBTA announced tonight it's cleared a bunch of track problems and put up the proper signs for trolley drivers so it's lifting the "global" speed restrictions on the Green Line, just a few hours after it said the entire Green Line would remain a slow zone for awhile. Read more.

By adamg - 3/19/23 - 5:43 pm
Ads for two 19th century brands of molasses

After saying yesterday the only reason to keep the entire Green Line as a slow zone was to put up signs to alert train drivers to individualized slow zones, the MBTA announced today it's steady, um, slow as she goes for the entire Green Line because they've found more track problems. Read more.

By adamg - 3/18/23 - 1:29 pm
Victorian people at a glacier

Green Line continues to move at a glacial pace.

The MBTA announced this morning it was unable to lift the "global" speed restrictions on the Green Line this morning as it had hoped just yesterday: Read more.

By adamg - 3/17/23 - 3:53 pm
Sloth locomotion

Interim MBTA General Manager Jeff Gonneville says the T is continuing to work through a morass of track defects across all four subway lines and that he hopes to lift the "global" speed restrictions on the Green Line with the start of service on Saturday. Read more.

By adamg - 3/17/23 - 11:53 am
Jerry the rat

Jerry in a box. Photo by TPD.

Transit Police report a man who rides the rails with his rat Jerry went too far at the Oak Grove Orange Line station yesterday afternoon: As he sat and boozed it up, he used Jerry to threaten passersby, around 4 p.m. Read more.

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