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By adamg - 4/8/19 - 11:50 am

Here's your chance to take that trip to Fitchburg you've been dying to do: On Patriots Day, you'll be able to ride anywhere commuter rail goes for $15 for the whole day. The "Marathon Pass" is available starting today on the mTicket app and starting Wednesday at ticket offices at North South and Back Bay stations. Don't worry about missing out - the pass will also be available on the trains themselves on April 15. Read more.

By adamg - 4/5/19 - 5:16 pm

The MBTA reports delays are piling up outbound to Providence and Stoughton due to a switch near 128 that is being a bad, bad switch.

By adamg - 4/2/19 - 8:05 am

The MBTA is reporting various issues on the Haverhill and Newburyport/Rockport lines due to " a low speed upright derailment outside of North Station."

By adamg - 4/1/19 - 8:53 am
Onboard a darkened, dead Needham Line train near Ruggles

At 8:42 a.m., Lauren P G reported from a dead, dark Needham Line train - which was stuck behind an even deader Franklin Line train: Read more.

By adamg - 3/28/19 - 8:11 pm

The MBTA announced today it's renaming Yawkey station on the Worcester as Lansdowne, starting April 8.

By adamg - 3/11/19 - 8:22 pm

Boston Magazine has the details of the new fares to go into effect on July 1. Senior and student passes are also not going up.

Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large), who fought the increases, said she's glad to see at least some of the fares not go up. She said she and Councilor Kim Janey (Roxbury) will now fight to eliminate fares on the 28 bus route along Blue Hill Avenue between Mattapan and Dudley squares. Read more.

By adamg - 3/8/19 - 1:55 pm
Two crews shoveled snow at Readville station, yet pedestrians are still having trouble

Jake could only marvel at the amazing shoveling job done by separate Keolis and DCR crews at the steps down from Readville station to the sidewalk below: One cleared the stairs and another cleared a path along the sidewalk and yet, somehow, neither thought to make it so pedestrians could actually get from one to the other.

Keolis did promise to send down a crew to finish the job.

By adamg - 3/6/19 - 8:54 am
Train stuck at Readville

The MBTA reports delays of up to 25 minutes on the Fairmount Line due to a switch problem near Readville station. At 8:28, BostonGal reported:

We are at a solid 30 min now. Collecting trains too. It’s cold. Very cool.

By adamg - 3/5/19 - 8:46 am

A train died near Wachusett station and that has gummed everything up. Or as SMM put it around 7:40 a.m.: Read more.

By adamg - 2/13/19 - 5:29 pm

Good thing South Station has a couple of places to get a beer.

By adamg - 2/12/19 - 6:38 pm
By adamg - 2/6/19 - 11:51 am

Transit Police report citing or arresting three people during yesterday's Patriots parade: Read more.

By adamg - 2/5/19 - 5:05 pm
Crowds at South Station

The maddening crowd. Photo by Ashish Kasturia.

South Station proved a nightmare for people desperately trying to get out of town late this afternoon: Read more.

By adamg - 2/5/19 - 11:01 am

An outbound Franklin Line train hit a man on the tracks in Norwood around 8:15 a.m.

Service was halted and then seriously delayed in both directions due to the police investigation.

By adamg - 2/5/19 - 9:35 am
Pats fans waiting for train in Salem

Claire Blechman captured the scene at the Salem commuter-rail stop shortly before 9 a.m. She reports some people opened an unmanned door on an outbound train and got on, which is either very dumb or very smart. Read more.

By adamg - 1/31/19 - 3:37 pm

No, not the subways - they catch on fire easily enough all on their own. But the Globe reports that as the temperature plunged, Keolis turned on switch heaters, some of which blow hot air, but others of which consist of flaming jets designed to keep the switches operable in the cold.

By adamg - 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 adamg - 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 adamg - 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 adamg - 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.

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