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By adamg - 2/9/23 - 6:22 pm

The MBTA reports a variety of delays on trains out of South Station, but the longest is 30 minutes on the 5:45 train on the Fairmount Line, due to a switch problem.

By adamg - 2/7/23 - 12:28 pm

CommonWealth takes a look at the MBTA's plan to buy most of Widett Circle, which nobody had heard of before the Olympic effort briefly made it famous, for what would essentially be a waiting area for commuter trains, doesn't make sense.

By adamg - 2/4/23 - 1:07 pm

The commuter-rail Twitter feed today is full of delay notices due to severe weather conditions, broken rails, signal issues and, of course, mechanical issues (and in some cases severe weather conditions AND mechanical issues). Read more.

By adamg - 12/23/22 - 12:23 pm

Transit Police report that around 5 a.m., a man from Lowell began yelling racial epithets at commuters and station workers, and that he refused entreaties from officers to shut up or leave, so they arrested him for trespassing.

By adamg - 12/15/22 - 2:55 pm

The MBTA said today it's going to try to buy the 24-acre Widett Circle, which our brief Olympics bid lifted out of obscurity only to return to being the home of low-profile food-processing concerns, to use as a place to store commuter-rail trains between the morning and afternoon rush hours. Read more.

By adamg - 12/5/22 - 9:24 am

Isaac Gardner was waiting for the train in Wellesley Square around 8:15 a.m. when the train arrived and then, just couldn't stop: Read more.

By adamg - 11/30/22 - 4:56 pm

Yes, the box is hiding just what you'd think, police say.

Transit Police report they are looking for a guy who exposed more of himself than he should have on an outbound Kingston Line train that had just left South Station around 8:45 p.m. on Nov. 19.

If Mr. You Know What in a Box looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous text to 873873.

By adamg - 11/21/22 - 9:25 am

MBTA Commuter Rail reported delays of up to 30 minutes on the Worcester Line this morning due to "a rail defect in the Wellesley area."

There's a similar problem on the Newburyport Line. Are the rails not quite cold resistant?

By adamg - 10/31/22 - 10:46 am

A fed-up citizen files a 311 complaint about the intractable noise from the train yard in Readville: Read more.

By adamg - 10/24/22 - 10:18 am

The MBTA reports delays of up to 45 minutes on the Newburyport Line due to signal problems between Ipswich and Rowley and that things will remain like that through at least 4 p.m.

By adamg - 10/12/22 - 9:32 pm

Boston firefighters responded to the Worcester Line train tracks that run along Lansdowne Street in the Fenway tonight on a report of a person hit by a train. Around 9:25 p.m., firefighters found the person's body under the train, stopped roughly near Jillian's at Lansdowne and Ipswich.

By adamg - 9/10/22 - 11:47 pm

WFXT reports on the fire in one of the one-time self-propelling commuter-rail cars that has sat unused for decade outside the Somerville commuter-rail maintenance facility. Fire video.

By adamg - 9/1/22 - 2:47 pm

Keolis announced today that it will be having even more Providence Line and Franklin Line trains stop at Forest Hills both on weekdays and weekends to handle riders who would normally take the Orange Line or who just don't like the idea of taking a shuttle bus, no matter how plush the seats. Read more.

By adamg - 8/1/22 - 9:47 pm

The 5:35 p.m. train from South Station to Framingham this evening pulled out of Boston Landing and died. And then sat there for almost two hours, with no power and so no AC and increasingly overheated passengers complaining about the lack of any communication from the crew about what the hell was happening. Read more.

By adamg - 6/24/22 - 3:26 pm

The Dorchester Reporter explains why another set of stairs at the JFK/UMass Red Line and commuter-rail station is shut.

By adamg - 6/9/22 - 11:00 pm

Somebody who parks in the Roslindale Village commuter-rail station reports coming home tonight to a flyer promoting hatred of Jews and "sodomites" for the most part, but also Communists, Muslims, feminists, the European Union and the Open Society Foundation (founded by George Soros, so Jews again). Read more.

By adamg - 5/26/22 - 11:21 am

The Boston Licensing Board today deferred any action on a proposal for a high-priced liquor kiosk in the South Station commuter-rail waiting area because of strong opposition from the MBTA and Transit Police. Read more.

By adamg - 5/25/22 - 12:19 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let a company that already runs a mini-packie in New York's Penn Station open a similar liquor kiosk in the South Station commuter-rail waiting area. Read more.

By adamg - 4/24/22 - 1:47 pm

WBZ reports the man didn't just turn onto the train tracks:

The man drove down the tracks for a distance before coming to a stop nowhere near a crossing.

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