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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 - 3/17/23 - 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 - 3/12/23 - 9:10 pm
Trying to get snails to move

In 1875, Richard Doyle anticipated the T in "Triumphal March of the Elf-King."

The T sounded the alarm tonight: Nearly a third of the tracks on the Red, Orange and Blue Lines remain subject to snailish speed restrictions, which are in place along all the tracks on the Green and Mattapan lines. Read more.

By adamg - 3/10/23 - 11:05 am
Old Boston trolley

Rapid transit back in the day. See it larger.

The MBTA began slowing down all its subway trains around 5:30 p.m. yesterday after state inspectors filed reports that they found track problems on one Red Line stretch this week and the T couldn't assure them that repairs had actually been made because of problems with paperwork and decided it needed to check all its tracks. Read more.

By adamg - 3/10/23 - 10:01 am

The T is currently running buses instead of trains between Maverick and Airport because of a downed wire.

By adamg - 3/9/23 - 10:25 pm

The MBTA announced tonight that trains on all four subway lines will no longer go any faster than 25 m.p.h. - and that in some spots their drivers are being told to go no more than 10 m.p.h., following an inspection of the Red Line between Ashmont and Savin Hill by investigators from the state Department of Public Utilities, which has suddenly remembered it has the power to investigate T operations. Read more.

By adamg - 2/28/23 - 7:59 am
Empty, open Green Street

Open, non-functioning Green Street station at 7:44 a.m. Photo by Sunsan Ellsbree.

Update: GBH reports a transformer in South Boston failed, triggering a power surge that tripped a circuit breaker.

In the middle of rush hour, the MBTA lost power to the signaling systems on all its subway lines - and at some stations - leaving some riders stranded and others breaking out their phones to call a ride-share to work. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/23 - 2:33 pm

WFXT reports the MBTA is now close to having the minimum number of dispatchers it needs to restore more frequent service on the Orange, Red and Blue Lines, but that now it also doesn't have enough cars and drivers for them.

By adamg - 2/21/23 - 10:48 am

Let alone getting a coffee regular at at a nearby Dunk's: Read more.

By adamg - 1/25/23 - 9:03 am

What the T calls a "signal problem" near Maverick has caused a morning commute from hell on the Blue Line.

By adamg - 1/3/23 - 5:39 pm

The T reports Blue Line delays of up to 20 minutes due to a "power issue near Wood Island," which, like many such power issues on the above-ground part of the Blue Line, probably means the overhead power line got ripped down somehow, or the top of a car began sparking.

To make matters worse, one rider reports: "There is a busker tunelessly crooning Christmas carols at State. God save us."

By adamg - 12/4/22 - 10:52 am
Escalator covered in leaves at Bowdoin station

Dr. Jessica Dello Russo considers the escalator at the Bowdoin Blue Line station: Read more.

By adamg - 11/19/22 - 1:57 pm

Transit Police report arresting a man for armed robbery after his getaway was slowed when his gun fell out of his pants, letting his victim and a T worker catch up to and then grab and hold him until officers arrived. Read more.

By adamg - 10/21/22 - 12:21 am

The MBTA is vaguely blaming "power problems" for ending Blue Line service for the night with a blackout at Maverick station and special Snail-Speed Service across the harbor. Read more.

By adamg - 10/18/22 - 2:00 pm

Transit Police have released a photo of a guy wanted for lewd and lascivious behavior at the Revere Beach Blue Line stop around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. Read more.

By adamg - 10/8/22 - 8:32 pm

Transit Police report charging an East Boston man with assault and battery for punching a Lyft driver in the head twice early this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 10/3/22 - 10:59 pm

The MBTA reports trains are delayed due to one train with "a mechanical problem" outbound at Orient Heights.

By adamg - 8/25/22 - 2:52 pm

Transit Police report arresting one of three people they say waited until a Blue Line train came into Government Center to rob and punch a jewelry vendor there, then jumped on the train to flee, late Saturday night. Read more.

By adamg - 8/13/22 - 10:28 pm

Last month, it was a falling strip of metal from an Orange Line car that sparked explosions and a fire. Yesterday, it was a piece of metal that fall on a Blue Line train entering Suffolk Downs that caused sparks and halted service, WFXT reports.

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