Nothing like blocking off four seats on the Orange Line at 4:55 p.m. with your Blue Bikes rental, as David Ertischek shows us.
Typing this on an Orange Line train that is just chillin' at Jackson Square due to a train that has left this mortal cool at Back Bay. Our driver has assured us an official is trying to troubleshoot the problem.
Boston and Transit Police are investigating how a man wound up stabbed and on an inbound Orange Line train that pulled into Back Bay around 10 p.m.
The man was stabbed at 10 Atherton St. in Egleston Square, then walked to Jackson Square - where he got on the T.
An inbound Orange Line train had to be taken out of service at North Station because its doors weren't working right and that gummed up the works for the rest of the line.
Xinhua, the Chinese news service, sent a crew along with state officials when they tried out an Orange Line train made up entirely of the new cars from China's CRRC. Assuming they don't melt or something during testing, we should see the first new Orange Line train in service by the end of the year.
Carla Osberg looked up to see Spider-Man just hanging out on the Orange Line as it hurtled between Back Bay and Stony Brook this evening. And you thought that was the kind of hipster thing that only the Green and Red lines got to see. The Orange Line has certainly come far from its naked-guy days.
UPDATE, 9:45 a.m. And now there are delays because the signals have gone on the fritz at Community College.
The MBTA reports delays of up to 20 minutes on the Orange Line, due to an inbound train that gasped its last right at Malden Center.
The MBTA reports delays of up to 10 minutes on the Orange Line due to an Oak Grove train with "a mechanical problem" at State Street.
The MBTA is reporting delays of up to 20 minutes in either direction on the Orange Line due to a train with "a mechanical problem causing smoke at Downtown Crossing."
Around 7 a.m., tracks on the Orange Line burst into flames at Downtown Crossing, creating delays of up to 30 minutes as power was shut to let Boston firefighters do what they do best.
Shortly after 11:30 a.m., the Orange Line came to a halt so a T employee could extinguish the trash that burst into flames between Malden Center and Wellington.
The T had been planning to run buses instead of Orange Line trains between Forest Hills and Jackson Square for track work this weekend, but canceled that when it learned the 40th annual Wake Up the Earth festival was scheduled for Saturday, basically spreading out from the Stony Brook T stop. So look for regular Orange Line service instead.
Signal problems at Wellington are jamming up Orange Line platforms as trains slow to a crawl. David Christopher reports he's at Wellington, where he watched helplessly as two completely full trains pulled in and then left, with no room for anybody to get on.
You think the developer of this complex is working on anything in Plain Jamaica or Bay Back?
The MBTA cut the power to both sides of the Orange Line at Back Bay around 12:30 after trash between the tracks just outbound from the station burst into flames. The fire was quickly extinguished and the Boston Fire Department returned the scene to T control around 12:45 so that power could be turned back on.
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.
Lisa Angelo spotted those two new Orange Line cars out for a spin on the third set of tracks near Wellington station this morning as they undergo several months of testing.
Meanwhile, the T reports the CRRC plant in Springfield has accepted four new Orange Line "shells" for assembly into actual Orange Line cars: Read more.
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