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By adamg - 6/15/19 - 11:24 am

Nikki T watched as one of the brand spankin' new Orange Line trains barreled through Green Street station this morning. It didn't stop to let anyone enjoy that new-train odor, of course - it was just on a test run getting ready, we hear, for actual service later this summer. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/19 - 4:28 pm

The MBTA is reporting delays of up to 20 minutes on the Orange Line, due to a train that had to be taken out of service outbound at State Street, due to the sort of problems that won't happen when the new trains get here, um, whenever. Or as Karyn with a Y put it:

20 minutes for a train. get on and heat is blasting. go one stop and it goes out of service. WHERE ARE THE NEW TRAINS?!

By adamg - 6/4/19 - 10:45 pm

Sangwiche captured a T worker trying to chase a swan off the Orange Line tracks at Assembly Row this morning (recall how the Orange Line was brought to a halt 10 or so days ago by a swan on the tracks): Read more.

By adamg - 6/3/19 - 12:50 pm

The Globe provides the latest estimate from the T on the first of the new Orange Line cars that have been undergoing testing more extensive than the T had hoped due to some signaling software issues.

By adamg - 6/3/19 - 11:32 am
Orange Line punching suspect

Surveillance photos via TPD.

Transit Police report they are looking for a guy they say walked up to another man on an Orange Line train approaching State Street around 3:25 p.m. on May 8 and "without warning or provocation" punched him in the face so hard the man required surgery. Read more.

By adamg - 5/31/19 - 3:32 pm
Wanted for larceny at Oak Grove Orange Line station

Photos of the guy from before and after he snagged the backpack, via TPD.

Transit Police have released photos of a man they say made off with a backpack containing two laptops and other items from another person at the Oak Grove Orange Line station around 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday. Read more.

By adamg - 5/24/19 - 9:25 am

NealG reports:

That’s a new one, Orange Line motorwoman on train at Back Bay: “attention passengers, this train will be standing by due to a distraught swan in the right of way near Wellington Station."

Read more.

By adamg - 5/21/19 - 9:05 pm
Firefighters at Forest Hills Orange Line station

Katy Purington got a glimpse of Boston firefighters at Forest Hills station around 7:50 p.m. for what the MBTA called "a mechanical fire" on a train. Read more.

By adamg - 5/15/19 - 11:22 am

MassLive.com reports a congressional committee will look at the potential national-security threat posed by letting American subway systems buy rolling stock from a Chinese company with an assembly plant in Springfield - you just never know if the Chinese government will install cameras and use them to spy on us God-fearing Americans. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/19 - 7:12 pm

The MBTA reports it's now running shuttle buses between Ruggles and North Station.

By adamg - 4/15/19 - 1:55 pm

Boston firefighters responded to the Forest Hills Orange Line station around 1:45 p.m. after an electrical heater burst into flames. Quickly knocked down.

By adamg - 4/5/19 - 8:39 am

The MBTA reports Orange Line service is back to normal after delays caused by a train at Downtown Crossing with doors that just wouldn't work.

By adamg - 4/4/19 - 6:23 pm

A train with "a mechanical problem" at Massachusetts Avenue caused 20-minute delays on the Orange Line during rush hour, the MBTA reports.

By adamg - 4/2/19 - 3:59 pm

Update: Trains moving again, except between Wellington and Oak Grove, where the T is rolling out shuttle buses.

A fire at Malden Center is jamming up the entire Orange Line. Am posting this from aboard a Forest Hills train at Back Bay, which is standing by because of the fire several miles in the other direction.

By adamg - 3/29/19 - 9:48 am

Transit Police report arresting a Brighton man they charge punched out another man who objected to being stared at on the platform at the Orange Line station at Green Street on Wednesday morning.

Read more.

By adamg - 3/27/19 - 1:54 pm

Jed Hresko recounts an experience on the Orange Line today, involving a poor lady in a wheelchair who just wanted to get off the train: Read more.

By adamg - 3/25/19 - 12:54 pm

WBUR reports the MBTA has once again pushed off the start of the ten new Orange Line cars it now has on hand, this time to the summer, due to a software glitch involving how the cars interact with the T's signaling system, which at least sounds like the kind of thing you'd want to hold off a rollout over.

By adamg - 3/21/19 - 8:55 am

A Green Line trolley near Boylston and an Orange Line train somewhere on the tracks both suffered embarrassing mechanical problems around the same time this morning, causing delays on the two lines, but the MBTA says everything's back to being hunky dory.

By adamg - 3/19/19 - 10:29 pm

A large contingent of Boston firefighters went down into the Downtown Crossing T stop to investigate an odor of smoke near the CharlieCard store around 10 p.m. They returned to the surface and their firehouses after determining the odor to be the remains of a heavy pot-smoking session, but not a fire.

By adamg - 3/15/19 - 8:53 am

A train that collapsed in a heap at Malden Center was shoved out of the way, but, of course, not before jamming up the whole Orange Line.

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