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By adamg - 2/6/24 - 5:13 pm
Cloud bow over Somerville

Roving UHub photographer Pat Quintin files this snap of a cloudbow from a Green Line trolley between Lechmere and Union Square this afternoon

By adamg - 1/24/24 - 9:19 am

The day on the brand new Green Line Extension started bright and early and full of buses: The MBTA announced at 5 a.m. it couldn't run trains on the tracks, not because they were out of gauge again but because the signals weren't working near East Somerville. But the bustitution only lasted until 5:17 a.m., when the T updated those darn signals were signaling again.

By adamg - 12/9/23 - 2:45 pm

Work to "regauge" most of the Green Line Extension that was supposed to be done by Monday instead will take another week to finish, the MBTA announced yesterday. Read more.

By adamg - 12/4/23 - 9:36 am

The MBTA reports it's started running trolleys to and from Union Square again, but that service on the stubbier end of the Green Line Extension remains slow because of a signal issue near Lechmere.

By adamg - 10/30/23 - 2:16 pm
Finger man and pal

Finger man and pal. Surveillance photo via TPD.

Transit Police report they are looking for a pair of guys for some assholery turned A&B on a Green Line train near Gilman Square in Somerville around 11 p.m. on Saturday: Read more.

By adamg - 10/28/23 - 11:34 am
MBTA wire workers

They've been working on the wires, all the livelong day. Photo by MBTA.

The MBTA said yesterday it's identified the overhead power-line issues that have led to a recent spate of dead trolleys from the new Green Line Extension to the ancient tracks near Copley and on Beacon Street. The T also said it's working to keep them from happening again. Read more.

By adamg - 10/19/23 - 6:41 pm

WBZ reports that well over half the tracks on the Green Line Extension will have to be rebuilt - and that GM Phil Eng says previous management knew about the problem as early as 2021, but decided not to stop the already frequently delayed construction to fix the problem.

By adamg - 9/29/23 - 10:22 am

Tim D. reports on a Green Line experience that is both funny and sad at once: Read more.

By adamg - 9/26/23 - 11:26 pm

The Globe reports on new wicked slooooow zones on the Green Line Extension, in particular in spots where the rails have gotten slightly closer to each other, an issue that left at least one expert with 40 years of experience scratching his head because rails in use generally widen in distance, not narrow.

By adamg - 8/3/23 - 5:14 pm
GLX Constructors logo

Four construction firms that teamed up to build the Green Line Extension say the company that designed key components of the new trolley line screwed up to the tune of more than $35 million in cost overruns, and they are demanding payment, in a suit filed today in Suffolk Superior Court. Read more.

By adamg - 7/5/23 - 5:41 pm

MassDOT announced today it's holding off shutting down the Union Square branch of the Green Line Extension until at least September after realizing that starting a six-week shutdown right after it shut the Sumner Tunnel without consulting with local officials about possible workarounds was kind of stupid. Read more.

By adamg - 6/29/23 - 10:12 pm

Update: Union Square shutdown delayed until at least September.

The MBTA announced today that the Green Line Extension will be shut between Lechmere and Union Square for six weeks starting July 18, not because there's anything wrong with the tracks this time, but so MassDOT can make repairs to the Squires Bridge, over which McGrath Highway crosses the tracks near Union Square. Read more.

By adamg - 6/22/23 - 2:38 pm

The MBTA reports a "power problem" has knocked out the newest part of the Green Line, between Medford/Tufts and Lechmere, and says riders should consider taking the 80 bus instead.

By adamg - 6/11/23 - 10:37 pm
New Somerville community path

Sifu Tweety videoed a ride on the new community path along the Green Line Extension in Somerville today and set it to "Roadrunner." Read more.

By adamg - 6/9/23 - 2:57 pm

The MBTA reports that the Green Line Extension Community Path for pedestrians and bicyclists that runs along the newest part of the Green Line in Somerville will officially open to the public tomorrow. Read more.

By adamg - 5/26/23 - 2:14 pm

WBUR updates us on the latest round of MBTA repair shutdowns, which include shutting down the brand-spanking-new Green Line Extension for the first two weekends in June, because it turns out the T started running trains on it even though it wasn't completely done. The work involves various stuff along the tracks, not the still unopened community path in Somerville.

By adamg - 4/28/23 - 10:04 am

This Web site will answer the question immediately (hint, the answer right now involves Betteridge's Law).

By adamg - 2/23/23 - 9:44 pm
Handmade Green Line Extension on a T map

Neal spotted this hand-drawn Green Line Extension on a system map at Haymarket the other day.

Jessica Dello Russo, meanwhile, shows that Haymarket could stand some guerrilla leak sealers and mold-remediation experts, too: Read more.

By adamg - 2/8/23 - 12:18 pm

The MBTA reports delays of up to 15 minutes on the Green Line due to some sort of switch problem at Lechmere, you know, the brand-new Lechmere that's the linchpin of the brand-new Green Line Extension, not some superannuated Orange Line station somewhere. Read more.

By adamg - 12/13/22 - 2:59 pm
Cover of a book about Jumbo

When the first Green Line train pulled out of Medford/Tufts early yesterday morning, somebody dressed in a furry elephant suit was onboard. Read more.

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