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By adamg - 5/23/22 - 8:57 am

The MBTA announced this morning it's returning the new Orange Line trains to service after finding that a braking problem on one train last week was because a bolt on one of the eight braking units on one car had been improperly installed at the factory. Read more.

By adamg - 5/20/22 - 1:19 pm
Wanted for being gross

Surveillance photos via TPD.

Transit Police report they are hunting a man who provides the latest proof that the people who clean subway stations should always wear gloves. Read more.

By adamg - 5/19/22 - 2:50 pm

The MBTA reports it pulled all the Springfield-assembled bingbingbing Orange Line trains today after one of them "experienced a problem" in one of its braking units and it pulled up lame at Wellington, where new Orange Line trains go to die. Read more.

By adamg - 5/17/22 - 10:19 pm

Around 2:30 p.m. today, Josh Deering reported from car 1238 on an Orange Line train hurtling downtown: Read more.

By adamg - 5/16/22 - 9:19 pm

Transit Police report arresting a Quincy man they say was sitting in a seat on an Orange Line train at Forest Hills Saturday evening when he "got up from his seat ran towards the train's window and kicked it causing it to shatter." Read more.

By adamg - 4/15/22 - 9:14 am
Wanted for knife assault

Transit Police have released photos of a guy they say reacted to another man talking too loudly on the Orange Line by pulling out a knife and demanding he shut up, around 7:30 p.m. on March 25. Read more

By adamg - 3/29/22 - 4:30 pm
Tunnel drone view

The MBTA reports that before it send actual inspectors into the Orange Line and Green Line tunnels under the partially collapsed Government Center Garage, it sent in drones today: Read more.

By adamg - 3/28/22 - 10:24 pm

The MBTA lists options for getting from A to B with the Orange and Green lines now out for God knows how long at Haymarket (where things are so iffy inspectors first have to figure out if the tunnels are safe just for them, never mind trains and riders).

By adamg - 3/27/22 - 5:29 pm

The MBTA announced today it's not going to be running any trains or buses under the partially collapsed Government Center Garage - which sits atop Haymarket station, "until a team of structural engineers, examining and assessing infrastructure above and below the surface, confirms that subway service can safely resume." Read more.

By adamg - 3/12/22 - 5:18 pm

The MBTA reports delays of up to 15 minutes on the inbound B Line due to a trolley with "a mechanical problem" at BC, and delays of up to 15 minutes on the Orange Line between Oak Grove and Sullivan, due to a similarly disinclined-to-move train at Wellington. Read more.

By adamg - 3/3/22 - 4:37 pm

The MBTA reports it's suspended service on the Orange Line between Back Bay and North Station, and is running buses between Forest Hills and Back Bay due to what it calls a "power problem" at Back Bay or what people who don't speak transitese might call "a track fire".

By adamg - 2/16/22 - 12:52 pm
Orange Line Valentine's card: Babe, u r smokin!

This Valentine's Day card was supposed to be a joke, right? Source.

At least it wasn't one of the new trains. Dave Baron was among the people on an Orange Line train that began to smoke at Chinatown around noon. Read more.

By adamg - 2/16/22 - 9:57 am
Sunset over the Northeast Corridor

LarsK Images had a good view of the Orange Line and the Northeast Corridor - and the Back Bay - at sunset at Forest Hills yesterday.

By adamg - 2/15/22 - 9:07 am

The MBTA reports it's managed to get rid of the dead Orange Line train at Ruggles that was gumming up the works, but that riders can expect those dreaded residual delays of up to 15 minutes as it gets trains back to where they were supposed to be.

By adamg - 2/11/22 - 2:19 pm

At 2:13 p.m., BEECEE reported he'd been stuck inside an Orange Line train dead at Mass. Ave. with T workers just walking back and forth outside doing nothing to help riders get out of their train. One man in his car started screaming, to no avail, he reported. Some riders managed to climb out of the train, but that wasn't a route available to a man in a motorized wheelchair.

By adamg - 2/7/22 - 9:37 am

The Orange Line was slowed to a crawl this morning by "signal problems" at Forest Hills, while a deceased trolley at Boylston made a has of things on the Green Line, the MBTA reports.

By adamg - 2/3/22 - 8:58 am
Falcon at Jackson Square

Photo by Francis Delaney.

Yesterday afternoon, Francis Delaney noticed a raptor inside the Jackson Square Orange Line station. He reports he called animal control last night and will call the Animal Rescue League this morning.

Hawk takes up perch in Green Street Orange Line station.

By adamg - 1/31/22 - 6:10 pm
Crowded Orange Line train

Tim Lawrence shares his view on the Orange Line at rush hour, adds: Read more.

By adamg - 1/30/22 - 6:45 pm
Line for a Blue Line bus replacement at Government Center

At 4 p.m., Teresa Polhemus, the BPDA's executive director, posted a photo of the line she was in at Government Center for a bus across the harbor because the Blue Line was out of service - as it had been since at least 5:44 a.m., when the T first reported "a disabled train" at Maverick. Read more.

By adamg - 1/18/22 - 8:52 am
Wu and O'Malley on a bus

Among those affected: The mayor and a former city councilor.

Some sort of "power problem" on the Orange Line means the T is rolling out shuttle buses to replace the Orange Line between Jackson Square and Back Bay. But, the T helpfully advises, you can also jump on the 39 (and then, if you're feeling especially kicky, you can jump off the 39 and get on the E Line). Read more.

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