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By adamg - 3/25/23 - 9:11 pm

Around 9 p.m. Police are searching the neighboring Mildred Hailey Apartments for a suspect who ran there.

By adamg - 3/23/23 - 12:30 pm
Slow zone on the MBTA

The black triangles show where trains can't go more than 10 m.p.h.

The MBTA has unveiled its speed restrictions dashboard so you can see where somebody on a bicycle can pedal faster than a subway train - like much of the Blue Line and the Green Line between Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton and the Lechmere viaduct.

The T promises to update the page every day so riders can follow along as the T clears, or doesn't, the slow zones that have long plagued riders and all the new ones that were added over the past couple months.

By adamg - 3/21/23 - 6:37 pm
Waiting for the Orange Line at State

Robert Orthman was among the teeming Orange Line riders who had to make like Godot after some leaves along the tracks caught fire near Oak Grove at rush hour, because you know how those leaves get on a dry day.

By adamg - 3/19/23 - 9:54 pm
Somebody with a borg

Swimman79 spotted somebody carrying a borg - although possibly filled with something other than vodka - on the Orange Line today. Or, since this is Boston, he says, it was a Mark Walborg.

By adamg - 3/17/23 - 3:53 pm
Sloth locomotion

Interim MBTA General Manager Jeff Gonneville says the T is continuing to work through a morass of track defects across all four subway lines and that he hopes to lift the "global" speed restrictions on the Green Line with the start of service on Saturday. Read more.

By adamg - 3/17/23 - 11:53 am
Jerry the rat

Jerry in a box. Photo by TPD.

Transit Police report a man who rides the rails with his rat Jerry went too far at the Oak Grove Orange Line station yesterday afternoon: As he sat and boozed it up, he used Jerry to threaten passersby, around 4 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 3/12/23 - 9:10 pm
Trying to get snails to move

In 1875, Richard Doyle anticipated the T in "Triumphal March of the Elf-King."

The T sounded the alarm tonight: Nearly a third of the tracks on the Red, Orange and Blue Lines remain subject to snailish speed restrictions, which are in place along all the tracks on the Green and Mattapan lines. Read more.

By adamg - 3/10/23 - 11:05 am
Old Boston trolley

Rapid transit back in the day. See it larger.

The MBTA began slowing down all its subway trains around 5:30 p.m. yesterday after state inspectors filed reports that they found track problems on one Red Line stretch this week and the T couldn't assure them that repairs had actually been made because of problems with paperwork and decided it needed to check all its tracks. Read more.

By adamg - 3/9/23 - 10:25 pm

The MBTA announced tonight that trains on all four subway lines will no longer go any faster than 25 m.p.h. - and that in some spots their drivers are being told to go no more than 10 m.p.h., following an inspection of the Red Line between Ashmont and Savin Hill by investigators from the state Department of Public Utilities, which has suddenly remembered it has the power to investigate T operations. Read more.

By adamg - 2/28/23 - 7:59 am
Empty, open Green Street

Open, non-functioning Green Street station at 7:44 a.m. Photo by Sunsan Ellsbree.

Update: GBH reports a transformer in South Boston failed, triggering a power surge that tripped a circuit breaker.

In the middle of rush hour, the MBTA lost power to the signaling systems on all its subway lines - and at some stations - leaving some riders stranded and others breaking out their phones to call a ride-share to work. Read more.

By adamg - 2/26/23 - 6:16 pm
Graffiti at Ruggles that asks - When will this end

Ginnette noticed today that somebody used a marker in the Ruggles busway to ask: "When will this end?"

By adamg - 2/24/23 - 2:33 pm

WFXT reports the MBTA is now close to having the minimum number of dispatchers it needs to restore more frequent service on the Orange, Red and Blue Lines, but that now it also doesn't have enough cars and drivers for them.

By adamg - 2/22/23 - 1:57 pm

The black-shrouded Orange Line car that is probably getting tired of all the attention remains mired in a lane on I-495 northbound near Rte. 3, MassDOT reports: Read more

By adamg - 2/21/23 - 11:12 pm

Update, Wednesday morning: MassDOT reports the car is still there and so the Orange Line is causing delays on 495.

NBC Boston reports a trailer on which a new Orange Line car sat disconnected from its tractor tonight on I-495 in Chelmsford.

We're not even going to ask why it was in Chelmsford.

By adamg - 2/17/23 - 2:48 pm
Wanted man

Surveillance photos via TPD.

Transit Police have released photos a guy they say went up to another man and, for no reason they can figure out, punched him in the face, around 3 p.m. on Jan. 31.

If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050.

By adamg - 2/15/23 - 1:10 pm

The MBTA yesterday announced its latest round of weekend shutdowns aimed at upgrading various things it didn't upgrade during last year's month-long Orange Line shutdown and to account for the continuing demolition of the Government Center Garage, which will also affect the Green Line. Read more.

By adamg - 2/8/23 - 2:19 pm
Wanted for attack at Downtown Crossing

Surveillance photos via TPD.

Transit Police have put out a BOLO for a man they say punched a 62-year-old woman after she said "excuse me" as she tried to walk past him in the concourse between the Orange and Red lines at Downtown Crossing around 2 p.m. yesterday.

If the alleged puncher looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 9:22 pm

CommonWealth reports Gov. Healey said she would rather work with CRRC than fight it, but that something has to be done about the fact that the company's Springfield plant hasn't shipped a new Red or Orange Line car here in more than seven months.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 4:09 pm

The MBTA is reporting delays of up to 15 minutes on the Orange Line due to a signal problem near North Station.

The outbound Red Line, meanwhile, is delayed as Transit Police swarm Harvard station to confront a large group of rowdy kids.

By adamg - 1/26/23 - 5:24 pm

The Globe reports the T hasn't gotten a single new subway car in seven months now. CommonWealth reports on some of the numbers - and says the Chinese company the T hired wants it to pay for the added costs of Trump-era tariffs on Chinese goods, which the T could balance by implementing the $500-a-day penalties the contract allows for late deliveries.

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