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By adamg - 9/13/19 - 10:17 am
Commuters at Maverick have no choice but to wait for the next train

No room at the T. Photo by Chris.

Lisa Jacobson reports she was part of the growing horde of riders at Maverick this morning forced to just stand on the platform and watch one train after another leave with no room for them to fit on. Read more.

By adamg - 7/28/19 - 1:00 pm
Blue Line train evacuated at Maverick Square

Patrick McMahon was on hand when Boston firefighters arrived at Maverick to help evacuate a Blue Line train suffering from what the MBTA called "mechanical problems" around noon.

By adamg - 7/17/19 - 9:01 am

With a large puff of smoke, the Blue Line lost power between State and Government Center this morning, halting trains and their riders in tunnels, as riders who had yet to board stacked up at stations all along the line. Read more.

By adamg - 7/1/19 - 10:36 am

The Blue Line has some of the newer cars on the T system, but that didn't stop one from dying at Wonderland this morning, causing delays of up to ten minutes.

By adamg - 6/26/19 - 9:51 am

The Aquarium T stop was evacuated this morning because of a track fire that a T worker put out with an extinguisher.

To be on the safe side, of course, the T has suspended Blue Line service between Government Center and Airport and is now busing passengers. Except, as Annie Noel reports from Maverick: Read more.

By adamg - 6/23/19 - 9:53 pm

Transit Police report that a fight that started on an inbound Blue Line train involving several teenagers ended with one firing at least two shots at the Aquarium station shortly before 9:50 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 6/20/19 - 9:45 am

A sudden need for repairs to one of the overhead power lines at Revere Beach led to delays of up to ten minutes on the Blue Line this morning, the MBTA reports - although one rider says the delay was more like 30 minutes. Read more.

By adamg - 5/28/19 - 10:03 am
Botelho

Transit Police report little trouble arresting a Boston man for a phone robbery at the Revere Beach Blue Line stop around 11 a.m. on Saturday.

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By adamg - 4/9/19 - 1:14 pm

The MBTA reports delays on the Blue Line because of a phone line that fell onto the overhead power wires. At first, the T said it was calling out some shuttle buses between Wonderland and Orient Heights, but says now the errant phone line has been disconnected and that actual train service is running again, if with the usual "residual" delays.

By adamg - 3/17/19 - 11:05 pm

The MBTA says it hopes to resume Blue Line service through the waterlogged Orient Heights station with the start of service Monday morning. Still, just in case, the T advises riders to allow some extra time. Read more.

By adamg - 3/16/19 - 10:44 am
Aftermath of the casket-company fire in East Boston

Boston firefighters remained at what was left of the New England Casket Co. this morning, continuing to hit hot spots with water to prevent any flareups of the nine-alarm fire that broke out around 3 p.m. yesterday, sending fire out windows and the roof well into the evening. Read more.

By adamg - 2/27/19 - 4:09 pm

Update, 4:35 p.m. All-out sent, firefighters to leave, T electricians to fix problem.

Count on not going anywhere fast on the Blue Line right now, because something on the tracks at Bowdoin is smoldering. Firefighters are a bit hampered because whatever it is is under a train, only the power is off due to the possible track fire, but they need the train moved so they can take a look. In the meantime, the T is terminating and starting Blue Line service at Government Center.

By adamg - 2/16/19 - 4:52 pm

Photo by MBTA.

The MBTA today tested "tiger dams" as a way to keep harbor water from cascading down the Long Wharf entrance to the Aquarium Blue Line stop in future nor'easters and other water-raising floods.

By adamg - 2/8/19 - 3:32 pm

The MBTA says power problems downtown are causing delays of up to 25 minutes on the Green, Blue and Orange lines.

By adamg - 1/24/19 - 8:57 am

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By adamg - 1/11/19 - 8:52 pm
Bare feet on the Blue Line

Nicholas Agri spotted this sockless, sandal wearing person on the Blue Line headed towards Wonderland this evening. No word if the person was also holding a Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee.

By adamg - 1/5/19 - 11:36 pm

The MBTA is reporting Blue Line delays of up to 15 minutes due to bollixed signals at Wonderland.

By adamg - 12/26/18 - 8:24 pm

OK, not, technically speaking, dead, since it can still use those lovely catenary wires to go somewhere, but it has an embarrassing door problem that is forcing it to stay at Beachmont and that's causing delays all up and down the line.

By adamg - 12/26/18 - 9:19 am
Massive crowd at Porter Square when the Fitchburg Line died

Just ugh. See April. Photo by Michael Doyle.

If we had a dime for every T delay, we'd be rich. Here are the ones we rhymed in 2018. It's far from a complete list of delays - we missed a few and didn't do rhymes for delays caused by deaths or that involved people being forced to walk through tunnels to escape from dead trains. Read more.

By adamg - 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.

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