Commuter rail

By - 11/16/18 - 8:16 am

The 400 train was canceled and now the 402 train out of Fitchburg is running 45 minutes late, the MBTA reports.

It is operating at reduced speed between Waltham and North Station due to a mechanical issue.

Other lines reporting some delays, but no others like that.

By - 11/2/18 - 9:06 am
Old MBTA locomotive ready for destruction

You could go loco (within limits) on this diesel.

The T is auctioning off two old locomotives for demolition. And with a current minimum bid of just $26, it's even pretty affordable - especially since the T's already drained all the diesel fuel and other messy fluids.

At 130,000 pounds each, that's a lot of sledgehammering opportunities. Of course, there are a few catches: Read more.

By - 11/1/18 - 12:05 pm

Transit Police report arresting a man on a commuter-rail train bound for last night's festivities in Salem after, they say, he escalated from threatening other riders to fist fights to pulling out a knife when one rider asked him to knock it off.

Read more.

By - 10/31/18 - 3:38 pm
Line to get into North Station

"So much for getting home early for Halloween," T.J. Winnick sighed upon seeing the line just to get into North Station, never mind to his train - a line that stretched down Causeway past the Tip O'Neill building.

About 15 minutes earlier, the line only reached back to almost Portland Street: Read more.

By - 10/23/18 - 1:32 pm

Transit Police report arresting a man who objected to a Transit officer interjecting in an argument he was having in South Station by pushing the officer to the ground - where he maintained consciousness despite hitting his head on the ground and was able to radio for help. Read more.

By - 10/15/18 - 1:25 pm

The Globe reports the MBTA will hire a contractor to replace the tired old bridges and two increase the number of tracks on the Charles River spans from six to eight. But it could be 2026 before all the work is done.

By - 10/4/18 - 9:22 am

Jeremy Bushnell reports from Readville station:

We need more trains on the Franklin line; one just stopped at Readville & refused to admit anyone due to overcrowding.

Read more.

By - 9/24/18 - 8:54 am
Overcrowded train at Roslindale Village

Around 8:15 a.m., Kerry O'Brien reported an inbound Needham Line train was so crowded people at Roslindale Village couldn't get on.

By - 9/6/18 - 3:18 pm

The MBTA announced today that a $10 weekend pass - good for unlimited travel on commuter-rail lines on a Saturday and Sunday, will be extended through Dec. 9. Read more.

By - 8/3/18 - 3:04 pm

Transit Police report arresting Jeremy Pincus, 53, of Westwood, on charges he ground himself against the buttocks of two women, one on the Franklin Line on April 25 and one on the Green Line at Copley on May 2.

Pincus was charged with indecent assault and battery and lewd and lascivious conduct for the two incidents, police say.

Innocent, etc.

By - 8/2/18 - 10:06 am

Transit Police report a train fatally hit a man on the Fairmount Line tracks at Uphams Corner around 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday. Read more.

By - 7/31/18 - 9:39 am

The Globe reports, adds trains through Hyde Park were delayed because of the investigation.

By - 7/22/18 - 8:26 pm

Do you know what it takes to park a train? To create a place to park a train? Are you aware of the almost trivial simplicity of this task? Well, the MassDOT is quite aware that the public (including elected officials) have no clue, and are thus ripe for the type of manipulation which they (and other public transit agencies) have perfected over the last few decades.

By - 7/16/18 - 9:42 am

So Keolis had to cancel the 7:32 a.m. train out of Needham for some reason, which meant the next train into town was packed with two trains' worth of people. And, Kerry O'Brien reports, no air conditioning. Read more.

By - 7/2/18 - 5:06 pm

Keolis says its train engineers are now blowing their horns as they approach the Sherman Street crossing starting as early as 6:30 a.m. because it's decided the area is no longer a "quiet zone."

A Cambridge city councilor who is also currently vice mayor responds: Wha? Read more.

By - 6/20/18 - 8:12 pm
Cops looking for kid

Cops walking through park to the river. Photo by Mary Ellen.

First responders, including a Boston Fire dive team, rushed to the Charles River near Millennium Park in West Roxbury this evening after a conductor on a Needham Line commuter-rail train reported seeing a kid jump off the bridge that crosses the river there as the train approached. Read more.

By - 6/4/18 - 6:49 pm
Mess at South Station

Kerry O'Brien became part of the horde jammed into South Station and the platforms in the evening rush as service proved unable to deal with wet rails or something.

And you can only imagine what it was like to get on a train at Yawkey on the Worcester Line. But just in case, Keith L describes it for us: Read more.

By - 5/29/18 - 4:21 pm

Transit Police report a man walking on the Worcester Line tracks near the Weston Road bridge was hit and killed by an inbound train around 3 p.m.

Police and the Norfolk County District Attorney's office are investigating the fatality, but police say foul play is not suspected.

By - 5/12/18 - 9:45 pm

The Globe reports the Senate wants the MBTA to look at electrifying the Providence and Fairmount lines - with the goal of having them run on electricity by 2022.

By - 4/16/18 - 10:41 pm
Collapsing Albany Street bridge

Bridge chunks on tracks. Photo by KMV.

Granite blocks covering a retaining wall under the bridge that carries Albany Street over the Amtrak and commuter-rail tracks between South Station and Back Bay collapsed on the tracks around 6:30 p.m. WHDH reports no injuries.