Commuter rail

By - 1/21/19 - 5:48 pm
No lights, no heat

Passengers on an outbound Fitchburg Line train had to endure two hours on a cold, unlit train stuck in Weston this evening - and then 15 minutes standing outside in single-digit temperatures waiting for a relief train. Read more.

By - 1/2/19 - 1:38 pm

MassDOT reports that a $10 weekend fare good for unlimited rides on commuter rail resumes this Saturday. Read more.

By - 12/27/18 - 11:31 am

Way back in November, Mike Schreck wondered why one particular evening train on the Needham Line left Back Bay at 6:01 p.m. rather than the scheduled 6:03 p.m., which meant he missed the train home. Last week, he finally got an answer from Keolis: Read more.

By - 12/26/18 - 9:19 am
Massive crowd at Porter Square when the Fitchburg Line died

Just ugh. See April. Photo by Michael Doyle.

If we had a dime for every T delay, we'd be rich. Here are the ones we rhymed in 2018. It's far from a complete list of delays - we missed a few and didn't do rhymes for delays caused by deaths or that involved people being forced to walk through tunnels to escape from dead trains. Read more.

By - 12/13/18 - 8:58 am

A Dig reporter has to get up pretty early in the morning to catch the one train a day that leaves Plimptonville for Boston - it departs at 6:58 a.m.

I drove to Plimptonville one morning this fall, I think to find its reason for existing. Assuming there is one.

By - 12/12/18 - 3:38 pm

Mark A. Grasso was heading into town on Train 414 on the Fitchburg Line, which pulled into Belmont shortly after noon - and then just sat there. He reports: Read more.

By - 12/12/18 - 8:53 am

The MBTA is reporting all sorts of issues and schedule changes on the Worcester Line due to a train that thought it could, but it couldn't, so it just stopped moving altogether just barely out of Worcester.

By - 12/11/18 - 9:27 am

The MBTA reports train 708, which was supposed to leave Franklin at 7:50 a.m., has some sort of mechanical problem and so is going wicked slow and was expected to get into South Station 45 to 60 minutes late. Eamonn McHugh-Roohr reports from the voyage of the darned:

Ice in the brake lines and engineer flying blind.

By - 12/7/18 - 9:00 am

Around 11:10 p.m. at the Old Sudbury Road crossing. Read more.

By - 12/4/18 - 9:35 am
Waiting for a train at Boston Landing in Brighton

Roman Lilligren was among the would be riders who stood by helplessly at the Boston Landing stop in Brighton shortly before 8 a.m. when an inbound train pulled in - late - and took no passengers because it was already full to bursting.

The train after that wasn't much better: Read more.

By - 11/29/18 - 8:50 am
By - 11/27/18 - 9:07 am

A car on a Fitchburg Line train slipped off the rails - but stayed upright - outside the Waverly stop around 7:30 a.m. Riders were given the option of waiting for a relief train - which still hadn't come after an hour - or walking to the nearest station. Read more.

By - 11/25/18 - 10:19 pm

Keolis crews have been going down the Needham Line in recent days chopping down trees and limbs along the track that "are dead or could fall in storm and stop service," a MassDot spokesperson says.

By - 11/21/18 - 9:11 am
Sunrise from the Needham Line

Will Vincent watched the sunrise from an inbound Needham Line train in Roslindale this morning.

Rick Macomber, meanwhile, was on the Zakim: Read more.

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.