Progressive Railroading reports the T has signed a $218-million contract with Barletta Heavy Division to installs new signalling equipment along the two lines and to upgrade switches on the Red Line to go along with the new cars that are supposed to be in full service by 2023.
The MBTA reports 10-minute delays on the Red Line towards Alewife because of signals that aren't quite feeling their oats.
12 Overripened Plums was among the people ordered off an inbound Red Line train at Central Square when smoke began coming off it. Read more.
The MBTA reports an inbound train with "a power problem" at Harvard Square is causing 15-minute delays on the Red Line.
Transit Police report they are looking for a man they say masturbated "in close proximity to a female" on a Red Line train between Davis and Alewife around 5 p.m. on Aug. 16.
If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous tip to 873873.
MassDOT reports today that the engineers have given the Alewife garage a clean bill of health and that it will resume regular operations tomorrow - and keep doing so at least until a contractor comes in next month for a $5.7-million repair job.
The garage had been having partial and full closures for repairs since Aug. 8, when some concrete fell on a car.
As officials from the MBTA and CRRC, the company building our new Red and Orange Line cars, awaited a visit from the governor this afternoon, they explained the mock up on display on City Hall Plaza has something the actual cars won't: Shiny, slippery fiberglass seats that make riders feel like they're going to get closer than they want to to their neighbors on curves and coming into stations. Read more.
MassDOT reports engineers have concluded the spot repairs done over the weekend are good enough that the garage at the Alewife T stop can re-open for business at 5 a.m. on Monday. The state began a rolling shutdown of 500 spaces at a time in the garage after concrete plunged onto a car Wednesday. Read more.
WCVB reports more concrete came plummeting down at the garage at the Alewife T station today. MassDOT reports:
Through ongoing assessments and repair work, additional areas of deteriorated concrete that need to be addressed have been discovered. As such, the garage will be closed over the weekend to address these areas and to expedite the repair plan.
MassDOT reports a piece of "delaminated concrete" fell on a car parked on the second floor of the garage at Alewife station this afternoon. Read more.
Shamus Moynihan captured a Red Line mock-up car in South Boston today, probably on its way from the dock (at which it arrived from China) to the Red Line yard (don't worry, the actual cars will be bigger). Read more.
Daniel Brim was among the people trapped in an un-air-conditioned car on an Alewife-bound Red Line train that had started to leave Park Street when it suddenly just stopped around 6:30 p.m. He reports on the increasingly dire situation that ended only when people tried (and failed) to bust open a door and called 911 about heat stroke: Read more.
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