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By adamg - 7/4/21 - 9:48 am
Needham Line train in Roslindale on a Sunday

Joe D. shows us something Roslindale hasn't seen in decades: Sunday service on the Needham Line, part of the T's post-pandemic commuter-rail schedule changes.

By adamg - 6/15/21 - 10:59 am

The MBTA says July 3 is when full service will resume on all commuter-rail lines, including weekend service on the lines that used to have it in the before times but had it axed in January. Masks are still required on T trains and buses and in stations. The T adds:

New schedules will represent an increase in the overall number of weekend trains operating with new, earlier options that match the needs of shift workers like essential employees in the healthcare industry.

By adamg - 6/5/21 - 11:09 pm
Workers on a piece of the new bridge at Robert Street

After connecting thick wires to a large slab of concrete, workers jumped off to help steady it as the crane lifted it to the bridge.

After one crew spent last night on equipment that gnawed away the old Needham Line bridge over Robert Street in Roslindale Square, another crew came in this morning to get the new bridge into place and ready for trains on Monday. Read more.

By adamg - 5/1/21 - 3:28 pm

Transit Police report arresting an allegedly short-tempered Providence man who blamed another man at South Station for stealing his phone and then began punching him in the face, even though the victim had nothing to do with the alleged fool's phone, which was waiting for him at the station lost and found - and had been siting there before he unleashed his closed fist of fury at Track 7 shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday. Read more.

By adamg - 4/25/21 - 12:33 pm

Governing takes a look at recent scheduling changes by the T that begin to move commuter rail toward a more European-style "regional rail" system that assumes people might want to get somewhere other than downtown Boston at times other than just rush hour.

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By adamg - 4/9/21 - 2:54 pm
Big beam

Yesterday, a trucker delivered this oversize-load sized steel beam to Robert Street in Roslindale Square so that, starting at 4 a.m. on Saturday, workers can begin to replace the bridge that now carries the Needham Line over the street. The bridge dates to 1898.

By adamg - 3/10/21 - 12:56 pm

Forget for a moment the question of why you'd want to do that, on a slow trip that would involve changing trains several times. The New London Day reports Connecticut legislators are considering a plan that would extend that state's commuter-rail system, which now ends at New London, to either TF Green Airport in Rhode Island or Worcester's Union Station - both of which are now also served by MBTA commuter rail. Read more.

By adamg - 3/4/21 - 9:26 am

The T reports riders on the 8:05 a.m. Greenbush train out of South Station is now 50 to 60 minutes late due to a little engine that couldn't near Weymouth Landing.

By adamg - 1/28/21 - 3:24 pm

Shortly before 2:30 p.m. near Pagel Playground at the Jamaica Plain/Roslindale line, Stanley Staco reports. Both MBTA and Amtrak trains were affected; overhead power was shut off. Read more.

By adamg - 1/15/21 - 9:08 pm

A Worcester man was arrested this week on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for a scheme in which he'd allegedly buy commuter-rail passes to resell them at a discount over their face value. Read more.

By adamg - 12/10/20 - 2:54 pm

Keolis and the MBTA announced today that, starting Monday, the number of daily train runs on the commuter-rail system will be cut from 541 to 246 - the system just no longer has enough workers not in quarantine to keep up with the normal schedule - and that while they hope to resume regular service on Dec. 27, the cutbacks might last longer. Read more.

By adamg - 12/3/20 - 11:32 am
Wanted for attack at Back Bay MBTA station

Transit Police report they are looking for two men for what they call a "vicious attack" on a third person on a commuter-rail platform at Back Bay station around 12:50 a.m. on Wednesday. Read more.

By adamg - 10/6/20 - 9:20 am

CommonWealth Magazine reports on MBTA planning for service in an era when ridership remains way down due to Covid-19. Bus routes serving low-income communities, where demand has not collapsed, might be protected from cuts.

By adamg - 10/3/20 - 2:31 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Hyde Park man packing a revolver loaded with six rounds on the pedestrian bridge that connects the two sides of the Readville train station over the tracks. Read more.

By adamg - 9/1/20 - 9:55 pm

City Realty, which used to specialize in small apartment buildings, says it will soon file plans for a 16-story, 262-unit residential building on Ashford Street, next to the West Station commuter rail station that state officials once pushed but which more recently have said they would put off until 2040 or so. Read more.

By adamg - 8/21/20 - 10:21 pm

Boston firefighters responded to Back Bay station shortly before 10:15 p.m. on reports of smoke coming from the vicinity of a commuter-rail train on Track 7 - which was quickly evacuated. Read more.

By adamg - 7/31/20 - 2:29 pm

Transit Police report an outbound commuter-rail train hit and killed a man on the Fitchburg Line tracks near Beacon Street, around 1 p.m.

Police say the man was "intentionally on the right of way" and that foul play is not suspected.

By adamg - 6/22/20 - 10:54 pm

CommonWealth reports MassDOT is looking at a new alternative for rebuilding the turnpike while maintaining train lines, Soldiers Field Road and bike and pedestrian paths in a space just 204 feet wide just past where the Allston/Cambridge tolls used to be. Read more.

By adamg - 6/17/20 - 10:08 am

Rendering from Stadler, whose trains, however, are not currently compatible with the T's existing "high level" station platforms.

Who knows if it will ever happen, but MBTA planners are currently reviewing replies from several train makers to a T request for information on what it would take to begin converting the current diesel-powered commuter-rail trains to trains powered by overhead electric wires. Read more.

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