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By adamg - 6/18/19 - 7:16 pm
Tree down on Mt. Auburn Street in Cambridge

Lukas Karlsson photographed the leafy carnage on Mt. Auburn Street, near the hospital, that blocked traffic, including the 71 and 73 bus routes.

By adamg - 6/18/19 - 9:23 am
Waiting for the Green Line in Newton

Waiting for the Godot Line in Newton Centre. Photo by Phil R..

Phil R. reports the Riverside Line took a look at the Red Line this morning and said, "Hold my beer:" Read more.

By adamg - 6/18/19 - 8:51 am

Chris Chazinski reports on his Red Line ride this morning: Read more.

By adamg - 6/17/19 - 9:26 pm

The MBTA is reporting 15 minute delays on the Red Line, on top of the delays caused by the ongoing JFK/UMass issues, because of a train that puled up lame at Downtown Crossing.

By adamg - 6/17/19 - 2:55 pm

Mayor Walsh thundered on Twitter today: Read more.

By adamg - 6/17/19 - 9:00 am
Scrawl at Fields Corner against man buns and a man with a man bun

Joel Pettigrew was not expecting to be personally attacked by a scrawl on a pillar at the Fields Corner Red Line station this morning.

By adamg - 6/16/19 - 9:20 pm

The MBTA is advising Red Line riders to leave an extra 20 minutes or so to get where they're going tomorrow because of the ongoing signal issues at JFK/UMass left over from the derailment last week.

By adamg - 6/15/19 - 9:30 pm

UPDATE: The T now reports: "As of Sunday, June 16, Braintree branch riders will no longer need to switch trains at JFK/UMass."

As promised, the MBTA sent test trains down the repaired Red Line track at JFK/UMass today to see if it's ready for service on Monday. Only they ran into a problem that had nothing to do with the track: One of the test trains suffered mechanical problems and died - which led to 20-minute delays along the Braintree branch.

By adamg - 6/15/19 - 4:34 pm

The MBTA reports service on the Green Line is back to normal after an "an overhead wire problem" at Arlington outbound knocked out service there and at Copley and Hynes.

By adamg - 6/15/19 - 11:24 am

Nikki T watched as one of the brand spankin' new Orange Line trains barreled through Green Street station this morning. It didn't stop to let anyone enjoy that new-train odor, of course - it was just on a test run getting ready, we hear, for actual service later this summer. Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/19 - 4:47 pm
Workers doing track work at JFK/UMass

Working on the tracks at JFK/UMass this afternoon.

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said this afternoon he hopes the T can restore "single seat" service to and from Braintree on the Red Line by Monday, but that a final decision will be made late Sunday afternoon, after a series of test runs by trains over the track that was damaged - along with the third rail and switch - by a train that derailed on Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/19 - 11:01 am
Workers at signal bungalow at JFK/UMass

From his seat on a commuter-rail train, Jed Hresko got a good view of the work this morning to repair the signal bungalows and tracks at JFK/UMass that were damaged in the Red Line derailment on Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/19 - 9:01 am
Rabbit in the Kenmore Square Green Line station

A concerned citizen filed a 311 request shortly after 7 p.m. yesterday about this micro-Harvey down on the platform at Kenmore: Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/19 - 12:08 am

The MBTA says repairs are continuing on the tracks and signal systems taken out in Tuesday's derailment but say they won't know until this weekend when they might be able to resume direct Braintree service.

The MBTA will provide a schedule update on Sunday regarding resumption of Braintree branch service resuming through JFK/UMass.

By adamg - 6/13/19 - 1:48 pm
Everybody off the train at Andrew

Just because Red Line riders are still affected by Tuesday's derailment doesn't mean other things can't go wrong. Jules Wang was among the people ordered off an outbound train that developed a sudden case of the vapors or something at Andrew around 1:30 p.m. - at the same time the T was announcing Ashmont delays due to "police activity" at Fields Corner.

By adamg - 6/13/19 - 12:50 pm

Yeah, it's a publicity stunt (and possible list-building exercise) by the Massachusetts Democratic Party, but this petition urging Gov. Baker to actually ride the T is certainly a valid question when the governor is saying the T is moving in the right direction right after the Red Line pretty much stopped moving at all due to that car that derailed and took out key signaling equipment with it (even Mitt Romney took the T once, even if he only rode for one stop and was unable to say how much a ride cost). Read more.

By adamg - 6/12/19 - 4:45 pm

The MBTA reports that riders on the Red Line's Braintree branch will continue to have to change trains at JFK/UMass if they don't follow T advice and take commuter rail instead, because of ongoing problems caused by the derailment yesterday. Read more.

By adamg - 6/12/19 - 8:56 am
Damaged signal equipment at JFK/UMass

The car that derailed damaged signal equipment at JFK/UMass. Photo via MassDOT.

The MBTA reports it'll be shutting the subway line down at 11 a.m. to try to make signal repairs related to the derailment yesterday: Read more.

By adamg - 6/11/19 - 5:19 pm
South Station at start of rush hour

Dave Vittorini shows us just how close commuters can jam themselves together, in this photo taken around 4:45 p.m. at South Station, where some Red Line commuters tried using commuter rail instead. Read more.

By adamg - 6/11/19 - 4:06 pm

State Police report the ramps to and from the expressway at Exit 15 (Columbia Point) will be shut at 7 p.m. so workers can try to do something about that derailed Red Line train at JFK/UMass. When will they reopen? State Police say your guess is as good as theirs.

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