Commuter rail

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.

By - 4/14/18 - 10:40 pm

The Globe reports nearly 50 of the people who drive commuter-rail trains have had their motor-vehicle licenses suspended. Even the guy in charge of training them to operate trains safely has racked up 11 parking tickets and caused two accidents, the Globe reports.

By - 4/13/18 - 9:44 am

Even with a guaranteed - and free - parking space in the City Hall garage, at-large City Councilor Michelle Wu usually takes the T to work from her home in Roslindale. This week, she decided to experiment and up her game - and try to get around Boston only on the T and Hubway. She chronicled her experience: Read more.

By - 4/4/18 - 6:09 pm
Crammed commuter-rail platform at Porter Square in Cambridge

Michael Doyle is among the scores (hundreds? thousands?) of Fitchburg Line riders forced to deboard prematurely at Porter Square this evening due to either some sort of switch problem between there and Belmont or a train that gave up the ghost, depending on which MBTA alert one chooses to read.

Regardless of the reason, "no outbound train has left Porter in 90 minutes," Saul Blumenthal reports.

By - 3/12/18 - 9:38 am

Miles on the MBTA reports on his visit to the Wellesley Farms stop on the Worcester Line - which seems to be popular among Nirvana fans and which boasts a plastic owl in a rafter inside.

By - 3/8/18 - 7:52 am
Tree on wires on the Riverside Line

Tree stopped the Riverside Line. Photo by MBTA.

Buses are running along the Riverside Line this morning after a tree tried to plunge to the ground early this morning only to be stopped by overhead wires. The C and E lines had issues, too, if not of the tree variety. Read more.

By - 3/5/18 - 9:09 am

The Orange Line suffered delays due to signal problems at Oak Grove, while the Red Line slowed to a crawl because of a dead train at Davis earlier this morning.

Meanwhile, over on commuter rail, a dead train is causing problems on the Fitchburg Line, which is not one of those coastal routes where that was supposed to happen.

By - 3/4/18 - 10:39 pm

The MBTA is cautioning that coastal commuter-rail lines - Greenbush, Newburyport/Rockport, and Kingston/Plymouth - count on needing extra time to get to work tomorrow as after-effects of the nor'easter continue. Read more.

By - 2/14/18 - 1:23 pm

Boston City Councilors say the $85 million the city directly pays into the MBTA every year should at least buy them a meeting with T officials to press their case to do more than just maintain an increasingly unreliable system they say particularly penalizes residents who don't live near a subway stop. Read more.

By - 1/24/18 - 9:50 pm

The Crimson reports Harvard has upped its proposed contribution for the West Station commuter-rail and bus station inside its proposed 14-acre innovation district where the Allston train yard used to be from $30 million to $50 million. Read more.

By - 1/23/18 - 5:57 pm

The MBTA is blaming "an Amtrak switch issue" at Forest Hills for massive delays on all the lines out of South Station that use the Northeast Corridor.

Hank Layfield reports from a Needham Line train:

Read more.

By - 1/23/18 - 11:19 am

Delayed commuters on the Franklin Line this morning get to shoot daggers out of their eyes not at Keolis but at the semi driver who realized too late his cab wasn't going to fit under the tracks at East Street in Dedham: Read more.

By - 1/21/18 - 3:17 pm

Transit Police report a 60-year-old man on the Fitchburg Line tracks near Fawcett Street in Cambridge was hit and killed by an inbound train around 12:15 p.m.

Foul play is not suspected, police say.

By - 1/19/18 - 9:40 am

WBZ's Ryan Kath runs alongside the sprinting commuters at the Westwood/128 station, as they try to get to their cars and to the furshlugginer exit gates that now routinely keep people trapped inside the garage for 20 minutes every evening.