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By adamg - 11/26/23 - 2:33 pm
Sparks raining down at South Station

Sparks raining down at South Station.

Adriana Lacy was at South Station around 1 p.m. when a shower of sparks and flames burst downward at South Station: Read more.

By adamg - 9/27/23 - 9:10 am

The MBTA announced today that the Fairmount Line will be free between Oct. 14 and 29, at least to people with CharlieCards - as a possible replacement for the Mattapan Line and Ashmont service on the Red Line, which will be shut then for track repairs. The T will also be running shuttle buses along the Mattapan and Ashmont lines then.

By adamg - 8/23/23 - 5:19 pm

The MBTA commuter-rail Twitter feed is lighting up like a pinball machine as one train after another is delayed getting out of and into South Station due to what the T says are "downed wires."

By adamg - 8/18/23 - 2:11 pm

And that would explain all the debris on the Northeast Corridor tracks in Mansfield. The National Weather Service reports on why there was so much debris on the Northeast Corridor tracks: Read more.

By adamg - 8/18/23 - 12:04 pm

The MBTA reported at 11:14 a.m. it had suspended all Providence Line service "until further notice due to debris on the tracks from severe weather in the Mansfield area. At 11:37, Keolis reported a train to Boston had left Wickford Junction but would hold at Attleboro because some of that debris remained on the tracks. Read more.

By adamg - 8/14/23 - 9:41 am
Inspecting where the trailer roof used to be

Inspecting where the trailer roof used to be. Photo via TPD.

Around 6 a.m. on Friday, a truck driver from Columbus, OH, found out what happens when you ignore the "Low Clearance" sign on a railroad bridge after disregarding the "posted warning signs of height restrictions" in Canton. Read more.

By adamg - 8/11/23 - 8:51 am

Keolis first reported that train 143 from North Station to Newburyport was 35 to 45 minutes late due to a "mechanical issue," then updated the train was simply canceled and dumped its passengers at Beverly. Read more.

By adamg - 7/16/23 - 3:36 pm

An annoyed citizen in Hyde Park files a 311 complaint about the overnight noise from the MBTA's Readville commuter-rail yard: Read more.

By adamg - 7/10/23 - 9:04 am

At 8:46 a.m., Karen MacKenzie-Sleeman posted a photo of a Franklin Line train that had stopped just short of Norwood Central and had been sitting there for ten minutes: Read more.

By adamg - 7/6/23 - 7:54 pm

MBTA Commuter Rail reported at 7:47 p.m. that a train that left Wickford Junction at 4:35 p.m. remained stuck in Sharon, more than two hours after it was supposed to pull into South Station, because of a dreaded "mechanical issue," and now the crew and passengers are waiting for the 5:48 p.m. train from Wickford Junction to arrive and try to push it all the way into town, or off the tracks or something.

By adamg - 6/9/23 - 11:35 am

The MBTA says you can ride the Blue Line for free between July 5 and Aug. 31 - as part of efforts to reduce traffic due to the Sumner Tunnel being shut for repairs then. Read more.

By adamg - 6/8/23 - 9:23 am

MBTA Commuter rail reports:

Franklin Line passengers continue to experience severe delays in both directions due to a signal issue.

By adamg - 5/24/23 - 5:46 pm

Update: Yep, it was the East Street bridge.

The MBTA reports Franklin Line train 754 is between 30 and 40 minutes late into Boston because yet another trucker has slammed into a bridge in Dedham. The T didn't say which bridge, but if we were a betting site, we'd put good money on the ol' East Street bridge, which gets hit by truckers enough to be made an honorary Storrow Drive bridge.

By adamg - 5/19/23 - 11:58 am
Surveillance photos via TPD

Surveillance photos via TPD.

Not from smoking them, but from getting caught stealing more than $1,000 worth of tobacco products by breaking into a stand at North Station, as Transit Police say these two did at North Station on May 14.

If the alleged wet-behind-the-ears thieves look familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050.

By adamg - 5/15/23 - 2:04 pm

The MBTA reports all service to Foxborough canceled under further notice because the driver of a truck hauling a trash compactor managed to slam his rig into a bridge in Dedham, hard enough to require track repairs. Here's hoping they get it fixed before Friday's Taylor Swift show at Gillette, because you don't want to get Swifties mad.

By adamg - 5/10/23 - 10:18 pm
Everett brush fire

Greg Cook watched as firefighters tried to douse a two-alarm brush fire behind the Everett Michael's this afternoon.

E spotted the smoke from Admiral's Hill in Chelsea: Read more.

By adamg - 5/3/23 - 9:55 pm

A Los Angeles man who took in a Patriots game at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 26, 2021 today sued the MBTA and the Kone escalator company for the injuries he says he suffered when the escalator he was riding up from the train at Back Bay after the game suddenly went into reverse, throwing him to the bottom of the escalator, where he became pinned as other people fell on top of him. Read more.

By adamg - 4/16/23 - 12:36 pm

Video showing a four-car MBTA commuter-rail train being put through its paces in the Fall River area, using one T locomotive and two engines leased from Larry's Truck and Electric, a McDonald, OH company that specializes in used rail engines and equipment. Read more.

By adamg - 4/13/23 - 6:18 pm
Smoke rising above Cummins Highway and Hyde Park Avenue

Smoke rising from near tracks at Hyde Park Avenue and Cummins. Photo by Richard Ovesen.

Ed Baur reports a brush fire off Rowe Street and Cummins Highway set a couple of sheds on fire. Read more.

By adamg - 4/12/23 - 9:11 am

The MBTA announced this morning it's completed its $255-million purchase of the 24-acre Widett Circle to store and maintain trains on South Station routes - both current and planned future routes to Fall River, New Bedford and Pittsfield. Read more.

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