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By adamg - 4/4/19 - 9:06 am

The Dorchester Reporter updates us on the T's latest thinking on what to do about the Mattapan Line - which will start with renovating stations, bridges and tracks over the next five to ten years, at a cost of up to $115 million, followed by replacement by the current 1940s-era PCC trolleys with some of the bigger trolleys now in use on the Green Line.

By adamg - 2/15/19 - 10:30 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports the collision happened at the Central Avenue grade crossing in Milton around 7:18 p.m. The injured were taken to Milton Hospital.

By adamg - 1/28/19 - 1:41 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports the T has a $200-million, ten-year modernization plan for the Mattapan Line that includes getting rid of the current PCC trolleys rolled out in the 1940s with versions of the newer, bigger trolleys being rolled out now on the Green Line.

By adamg - 1/2/19 - 9:31 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports a state study of the city's cutest public-transit line shows that tracks and bridges along the line are in dire need of repair.

By adamg - 9/9/18 - 2:41 pm
Mattapan trolley at Central Street on Milton/Dorchester line

Byron Nash took the photos of the former Hendries plant at Central Avenue in Milton, which was reduced to rubble to make way for condos. Nash got there on a trolley driven by Tim Murphy after the Mattapan line was started up again after a week-long cancellation due to the demolition.

By adamg - 2/22/18 - 1:42 pm

At least it wasn't David S. Pumpkins: A Mattapan Line driver was indicted on insurance and worker's-comp fraud charges for a Halloween, 2016 incident in which a pal in a Michael Myers mask - and carrying a plastic pumpkin - dragged him off his trolley and beat him badly enough that he could begin to collect worker's comp, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Transit Police say. Read more.

By adamg - 2/9/18 - 7:50 pm

The MBTA reports "moderate" delays on the Mattapan Line due to a dead trolley in Milton.

By adamg - 2/8/18 - 9:30 am

Katie Gibson is a big fan of the Mattapan Line:

The morning operators, though sometimes harried, are kind, and it’s a short ride to Ashmont, where I board the train. And if I’m lucky, I get a glimpse of this view across the marshes.

By adamg - 2/5/18 - 9:28 pm

That alone was grounds for firing him after the December rear-end crash that injured 17, the Globe reports, adding authorities were also not too thrilled to find he had a loaded gun in his backpack at the time.

By adamg - 2/5/18 - 12:09 am

The MBTA reports it's solved those mysterious "propulsion" problems on the Mattapan Line and that trolley service resumes first thing in the morning.

By adamg - 1/27/18 - 5:27 pm
Trolley on Tremont Street

Pat from Boston spotted this Mattapan Line trolley on Tremont Street today. Alas, car 3234 was not stopping for passengers - was on its way to the T's Everett shops for repairs.

Because the Everett facility is mainly for buses, Mattapan workers first outfitted the trolley with rubber tires.

By adamg - 1/24/18 - 7:54 pm

The MBTA reports "moderate" delays due to one of the PCC trolleys deciding to give it all up.

By adamg - 12/30/17 - 11:10 pm

Associated Press reports.

By adamg - 12/29/17 - 4:06 pm

At Cedar Grove, around 3 p.m., when one trolley rear ended another. Boston EMS reports 17 people injured, 16 of them taken to the hospital. Read more.

By adamg - 12/25/17 - 9:20 am

Composed by Tim Murphy, a Mattapan Line trolley driver and organizer of Friends of the Mattapan Line:

'Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the Pan,
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even Big Stan.

Read more.

By adamg - 10/5/17 - 11:32 am
Architect's rendering of 466 River St.

Architect's rendering.

Preservation of Affordable Housing and Nuestra Comunidad Development Corp. recently filed detailed plans for their 135-unit apartment building on what is now a parking lot next to the Mattapan trolley station. Read more.

By adamg - 7/3/17 - 9:33 am

The MBTA reports "moderate" delays because of a trolley at Milton that just refuses to budge.

By adamg - 2/27/17 - 3:26 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports the money will keep the Mattapan Line's historic trolleys running while the T figures out what to do to maintain service in the long run.

By adamg - 10/31/16 - 3:17 pm

Cedar Grove assault

Transit Police have released surveillance video showing the masked man they say beat and dragged a Mattapan Line driver Sunday morning.

By adamg - 10/30/16 - 1:20 pm

WFXT reports on the incident at Cedar Grove involving a man who didn't have any money but didn't want to get off the trolley.

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