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By adamg - 7/1/20 - 10:07 am
An empty Orange Line car

With people feeling freer to venture outside again, we haven't had many "empty city posts. But Chris Ferry shows us his Orange Line car shortly after 9:30 a.m today, and asks:

Is it luxury travel when you have the brand new orange line train to yourself?

By adamg - 6/26/20 - 5:19 pm

Transit Police report a man jumped in front of an inbound Red Line train around 4:15 p.m. Foul play is not suspected.

Shuttle buses replaced trains between Alewife and Harvard.

By adamg - 6/25/20 - 11:38 am

NBC Boston reports on new poll of Massachusetts residents - we're still not feeling like getting on the T and we're still worried where that next rent or mortgage payment is coming from.

Poll responses.

By adamg - 6/22/20 - 10:54 pm

CommonWealth reports MassDOT is looking at a new alternative for rebuilding the turnpike while maintaining train lines, Soldiers Field Road and bike and pedestrian paths in a space just 204 feet wide just past where the Allston/Cambridge tolls used to be. Read more.

By adamg - 6/22/20 - 3:27 pm

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports it is investigating a now former Transit Police officer for possibly lying about an April 28 incident in a Forest Hills busway in which he may have shoved the man into the pavement and then kept him there with his knee on his back for 20 seconds. Read more.

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By adamg - 6/22/20 - 9:20 am

WBZ reports on increased service across both bus and train lines, and the resumption of some ferry service, all with the addition of masks, since you're not supposed to get on the T without a facial covering.

By adamg - 6/20/20 - 11:19 am

A dead inbound train at Central gummed up the Red Line for awhile this morning, but the T assures us they've taken it to that place where all dead Red Line trains go.

By adamg - 6/19/20 - 11:40 am
Some crowding on a Route 1 bus

An example from the 1 bus.

The MBTA today announced a tool for some bus riders that let's them know if the bus on the way is maybe too crowded for their tastes in these uncertain times. Read more.

By adamg - 6/19/20 - 11:30 am

The MBTA reports Red Line delays of up to 15 minutes due to an errant switch near Harvard.

By adamg - 6/18/20 - 9:33 pm
Gears in the Lechmere drawbridge.

Some of the gears that made the Lechmere drawbridge work, now covered in dust.

The opening of the Lechmere viaduct across the mouth of the Charles in 1912 meant a dramatic reduction in the time it took trolleys to cross the river, from ten down to just three minutes - except when a cargo schooner came through and the trolleys had to stop for the viaduct's drawbridge to go up to let it through. Read more.

By adamg - 6/17/20 - 10:08 am

Rendering from Stadler, whose trains, however, are not currently compatible with the T's existing "high level" station platforms.

Who knows if it will ever happen, but MBTA planners are currently reviewing replies from several train makers to a T request for information on what it would take to begin converting the current diesel-powered commuter-rail trains to trains powered by overhead electric wires. Read more.

By adamg - 6/15/20 - 9:43 pm

Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester man they say seemed to be under the mistaken impression it was 1960 and he was free to stomp somebody who looked at his female companion. Read more.

By adamg - 6/13/20 - 12:21 pm

Nathaniel Stinnett watched some of the demolition of the steel part of the Lechmere viaduct this morning. It's coming down for the realignment of the Green Line towards the new Not-Lechmere station being built as part of the fabled Green Line Extension.

By adamg - 6/10/20 - 1:22 pm

Shutting T stations after protests only creates dangerous situations for people who just want to get home, several Boston city councilors said today.

But the council did not formally go on record with a resolution calling on the T to stop shutting stations near vigil and protest sites at their regular Wednesday meeting because two councilors objected, which means it will instead go to a council committee for a hearing before the council votes. Read more.

By adamg - 6/3/20 - 9:48 pm
Eures and Wilkie

Transit Police report two out-of-town visitors, one 17, the other 19, who came into Boston for "a day of leisure" on Monday had a fun day with a group of strangers they met on the Common - until the group led them into the Park Street T stop. Read more.

By adamg - 6/2/20 - 9:58 am
North Station guy

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy "relative to Malicious Destruction of MBTA Property incident," at the North Station Orange Line stop at the height of the smashing and looting Sunday night.

More specifically, police say, around 11:10 p.m., the guy: Read more.

By adamg - 6/1/20 - 8:51 am
Lechmere station with trolleys

Tim Murphy took some before and after photos of Lechmere, specifically, what it looked like just before it was shut and then again over this past weekend: Read more.

By adamg - 5/29/20 - 9:39 am

The MBTA is reporting 10-minute delays on the Orange Line inbound from Forest Hills due to another train with a mechanical problem.

By adamg - 5/28/20 - 4:49 pm

The MBTA reports Orange Line delays of about 20 minutes due to a train with a no doubt embarrassing mechanical problem inbound at Jackson Square.

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