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By adamg - 1/28/23 - 3:06 pm
Firefighters work to free woman from under a trolley at BU Central

Firefighters work to free woman. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters and Transit and Boston police officers worked to free a woman who somehow wound up trapped under a trolley at BU Central around 11:40 p.m. on Friday. NBC Boston reports the woman suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive; adds officials did not say how she got under the trolley but that it does not appear to be due to an fault by either a T worker or the trolley.

By adamg - 1/21/23 - 3:05 pm

The MBTA says B Line riders should abandon all hope, or maybe hop on a bus, because the B Line isn't running right now due to "an overhead wire problem" at Packards Corner. The T had earlier said the problem was due to a "disabled train" there, so maybe a train took out a wire, or a wire took out the train?

By adamg - 1/11/23 - 4:25 pm

The MBTA reports delays of up to 15 minutes on inbound B Line trolleys due to a recalcitrant trolley at Sutherland Road.

By adamg - 1/11/23 - 12:49 pm

MassLive.com reports on the verdict in the case of Owen Turner, who was at the controls of a Green Line trolley that slammed into a stopped trolley near Agganis Arena on July 30, 2021. Turner had been charged with criminal negligence.

By adamg - 12/31/22 - 6:43 pm

The T reports delays of up to 15 minutes on the inbound B Line due to a trolley with "a mechanical issue" at Chiswick.

By adamg - 12/26/22 - 10:28 pm

WHDH reports on the derailment, which involved a trolley in the yard at the end of the BC line, with no passengers onboard.

By adamg - 12/11/22 - 1:32 pm

The MBTA reports it's rolled out some shuttle buses to get riders between BC and Washington Street on the B Line because of a deceased trolley at South Street.

By adamg - 11/23/22 - 3:10 pm
Maserati vs. Green Line trolley

Peter Cheung ran across the aftermath of the outbound B Line crash on Comm. Ave. at the BU Bridge shortly before 3 p.m., involving one of the new Type 9 trolleys and a Maserati with Connecticut plates. Read more.

By adamg - 9/11/22 - 3:25 pm

Update, 9:32 p.m. MBTA says service has resumed, but with delays.

Shortly before 3 p.m. sparks exploded atop a B Line trolley at Park Street. Don't worry, though: No fire - and definitely no shots fired - although the station filled with some light smoke. Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/22 - 11:30 am

The MBTA, which just announced completion of some serious track improvements along the B Line, is now telling riders to brace for trolley-to-trolley transfers and delays because of a broken rail at a switch at Kenmore station. Read more.

By adamg - 6/25/22 - 11:19 pm
Car on Green Line tracks on Commonwealth Avenue at Chestnut Hill Avenue

Ari Ofsevit spotted a car on the B Line tracks and the driver who put it there, on Commonwealth Avenue outbound, just past Chestnut Hill Avenue, tonight.

By adamg - 6/16/22 - 11:43 am

The MBTA said today the B Line will be shut between BC and Kenmore starting Monday "to conduct much needed track upgrades while also installing Green Line Train Protection System equipment across the system."

Shuttle buses will replace trolleys through July 1, the T says. 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 - 3/11/22 - 3:28 pm

Shaving Cream by Benny Bell

The MBTA rolled out some buses to replace C Line trolleys and started telling B Line riders heading to the hinterlands of Brighton to use the 57 bus instead after a "power problem" made the Green Line not run between Copley and Kenmore.

By adamg - 3/2/22 - 9:06 pm
Stuck car at Allston Street

"Find another route home," Izzie advises after realizing why outbound Green Line trains have stopped - a driver somehow wound up plowing into a large block on the side of the outbound tracks, which refused to yield shortly before 9 p.m.

By adamg - 1/20/22 - 9:15 pm

The Heights reports a broken water main at Comm. Ave. and Lake Street disrupted traffic and the Green Line and forced businesses at the B Line terminal to shut down after water flooded their basement.

By adamg - 12/11/21 - 3:54 pm
Two-car crash on the Green Line

Sundaram had a ringside seat to watch the aftermath of a two-car crash right atop the B Line tracks at Strathmore Road shortly before 3 p.m. The crashed caused delays of up to 20 minutes on the line, although the T now reports service is back to normal.

By adamg - 11/15/21 - 9:09 am

Green Line B Branch Station Consolidation Announcement

WBZ reports the end of weekend bus diversions on the B Line as the T this morning opened its new Babcock Street and Amory Street stops, which replace four smaller stops along Commonwealth Avenue. The work finished several months ahead of schedule.

By adamg - 9/21/21 - 10:58 am

Update:WCVB reports the T is moving to fire the driver.

Federal crash investigators today announced the "how" of a July 30 trolley crash on Commonwealth Avenue, but are continuing to investigate the "why:" Read more.

By adamg - 8/2/21 - 9:18 pm
Smashed in trolley

The rear of the hit trolley, the next day, after it had been taken to a T yard. Photo by NTSB.

The National Transportation Safety Board reported today that its initial findings from Friday's B Line crash showed that an outbound trolley traveling at 30 m.p.h. plowed into the back of a trolley going just 10 m.p.h. at Pleasant Street. Read more.

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