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By adamg - 8/23/19 - 3:57 pm
Unhappy commuters at Community College

You can guess how these Orange Line riders at Community College are feeling while waiting for a shuttle bus. Photo by Spiffs Queer Adventures.

The MBTA has to reset its "It's been __ days since last T disaster" signs now that a track fire erupted under a train in Malden shortly after 3 p.m., forcing its passengers to evacuate on the tracks and shutting down the entire line from Community College to Oak Grove just as rush hour was about to start.

Kim Vanderbeck has videos and a running description of her sudden status as an Orange Line refugee: Read more.

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

The MBTA reports a "door problem" on one train inbound from Forest Hills was causing ten-minute Orange Line delays. Or as Massmikmouse put it at 8:07 a.m.:

Past half hour on an Orange Line train with door isssues. Now at Ruggles with the first car being emptied. Maybe, someday, I’ll get to Back Bay. What a morning.

By adamg - 8/16/19 - 4:26 pm

The MBTA reports signal problems are Forest Hills are fixed now, but that riders can still expect delays of up to 15 minutes due to them.

By adamg - 8/14/19 - 2:46 pm
Woman in orange gets on the Orange Line at Forest Hills

Forest Hills rider wore appropriate color for her ride into town from Forest Hills.

Shortly after 11 a.m., the first of the new Orange Line trains pulled out of Wellington, heading south. Around 11:40, it pulled into Forest Hills, disgorging its first load of railfans, regular T riders, T workers and a lots of reporters. Read more.

By adamg - 8/14/19 - 9:37 am
Old bus transfer dispenser at Back Bay station

Back in the day, when T riders without a monthly pass had to keep some tokens jangling in their pockets or purses, you usually had to pay extra to transfer from the subway to a bus. One of the exceptions was for riders of the 39 bus, who could get a transfer ticket at Back Bay. Read more.

By adamg - 8/13/19 - 7:03 pm
Howard

Transit Police report arresting an alleged dumbass from Leominster who kicked and punched the windows on an Orange Line door hard enough to create spider-web fractures. Read more.

By adamg - 8/12/19 - 11:47 am

UPDATE: Wednesday, mid-day-ish.

WCVB reports. Fans of humid, wood-paneled rec rooms on wheels don't have to worry just yet, though - most of the trains that will continue to lumber between Oak Grove and Forest Hills will still be those grime and rust-coated 1987 cars you've come to love.

By adamg - 8/12/19 - 7:39 am

WCVB reports the MBTA is planning some major amounts of weekend shutdowns this fall on the Green, Orange and Red Lines to get in some of that desperately needed repair work.

By adamg - 8/6/19 - 2:22 pm
Tavarez

Transit Police report arresting a Haverhill man they say would board a nearly empty Orange Line car, sit next to a woman and then expose and fondle himself while using a newspaper to hide what he was doing from the rest of the passengers. Read more.

By adamg - 8/3/19 - 12:43 am

Transit Police report a man who "appeared very unsteady on his feet," stumbled and fell on the northbound tracks just as a train was entering the station at 12:14 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 7/29/19 - 7:58 am

The MBTA is reporting delays of up to 15 minutes on the Orange Line towards Forest Hills due to a train with a "door problem" at Haymarket.

By adamg - 7/23/19 - 12:52 pm
Colson Kennedy

A man convicted of indecent assault and battery last year was arrested for two July 18 incidents, one involving an attempted rape at Northeastern and the other an exposure on an Orange Line train. Read more.

By adamg - 7/23/19 - 10:03 am
Oak Grove flooding

Jason B. was among the Orange Line commuters who would have benefited from some waders at Haymarket this morning.

By adamg - 7/12/19 - 11:47 am
New Orange Line train roars through North Station

And then, of course, because this was one of those sparkly new trains, with air conditioning and doors that work and no rust, it just kept on going on yet another test run, this time through North Station, as Chris stood there and watched this morning.

By adamg - 7/10/19 - 8:57 am
By adamg - 7/10/19 - 8:03 am
Orange Line cars being dropped off at a Red Line yard

John Hanzl spotted two of those new Orange Line cars being delivered this morning at the T's Red Line yard in South Boston, rather than at, oh, the Orange Line yard in Medford.

By adamg - 7/3/19 - 2:12 pm
Truck wedged under an Orange Street bridge in Malden

Gordon Hallett shows us that yet another truck driver has learned a valuable lesson at the bridge that carries the Orange Line over Medford Street in Malden around noon today: That if a bridge has a sign reading 12'6", you better make sure your truck is a couple inches shorter than that, or you're going to get mocked mercilessly for storrowing a bridge. And a ticket.

By adamg - 6/30/19 - 4:27 pm

The MBTA shut power on the Orange Line in the area of Stony Brook around 4:05 p.m. after receiving word a shirtless, shoeless man had gotten onto the tracks and was ambling around. Transit Police arrived and managed to convince Shoeless Joe that was not the best of ideas, got him back up on the platform and radioed in that the power could go back on and service resume, around 4:20 p.m.

By adamg - 6/27/19 - 5:01 pm

The MBTA reports workers have put out the "leaf debris that was smoldering" just inbound from Ruggles that was causing smoke and delays of up to 15 minutes on the Orange Line as train drivers were ordered to stand by rather than risk driving through the Great Smoky Tracks. No word if the $50 million in extra T spending the governor just announced includes money for rakes.

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