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By adamg - 11/2/19 - 11:46 am

The Stanford Social Innovation Review reports some findings from the four years of time University of Michigan sociology professor Jeremy Levine spent in Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde Park looking at the non-train ramifications of the Fairmount Line re-do: Read more.

By adamg - 6/1/19 - 11:02 am

Around 10:30 a.m. where the Fairmount Line crosses the Neponset River between West Street and Truman Parkway. Read more.

By adamg - 5/26/19 - 3:57 pm

A disgusted citizen files a 311 complaint about the new black splotches on his or her car after driving under the train bridge over East Cottage Street in Dorchester:

There is tar dripping from the bridge. It dropped on my car and ruined the hood and roof.

By adamg - 4/10/19 - 8:53 am
Working to right the derailed train near South Station

Workers try to get train back on track as dawn breaks. Photo by Johnmcboston.

The T canceled service on the Fairmount Line this morning after last night's train bumping near South Station. Instead, Fairmount riders were supposed to board substitute buses, only it seems there weren't enough buses to carry all those people. Just ask BostonGal:

Try to board HP train only to get turned away because you imbeciles didn’t add equipment.

By adamg - 2/24/19 - 4:59 pm

State officials say a final round of inspections today cleared the Blue Hill Avenue stop on the Fairmount Line to open to passengers tomorrow.

The station, about a quarter mile north of Mattapan Square, will have Zone 1A fares, which means riders can get into town for $2.25 one way or $84.50 for a monthly pass.

By adamg - 8/2/18 - 10:06 am

Transit Police report a train fatally hit a man on the Fairmount Line tracks at Uphams Corner around 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday. Read more.

By adamg - 5/12/18 - 9:45 pm

The Globe reports the Senate wants the MBTA to look at electrifying the Providence and Fairmount lines - with the goal of having them run on electricity by 2022.

By massmarrier - 10/20/17 - 1:55 pm

After not taking Commuter Rail for several weeks, I got a surprise as I had to pass through a gauntlet at South Station on the way to Fairmount early this afternoon. Some Campbell's-kids looking junior T employees confronted every aspiring passenger at the entry to Track 9. They demanded tickets for that specific train. I carped as I had to unburden myself of my Haymarket goodies and coffee to dig into my shirt pocket. The kid blocking me tried to be solemn in saying, "It's in the tariff!" Read more.

By adamg - 9/25/17 - 2:39 pm
Wanted in Dorchester

Transit Police surveillance photo.

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy for an attack at the Four Corners/Geneva commuter-rail station around 9 p.m. on Sept. 12. Read more.

By adamg - 6/16/17 - 1:08 pm

MassDOT reports that ridership on the only only-in-Boston commuter rail line increased 25% during the first of two fare-free weeks in May - and 44% the second week - but then dropped back down to normal light levels when the fares came back.

By adamg - 4/29/17 - 10:04 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports that US Rep. Michael Capuano will spend roughly $50,000 in campaign funds to promote the Fairmount Line by letting everybody ride for free between May 8 and May 21.

Earlier:
Report lists ways to put the Fairmount Line on the map.

By adamg - 4/27/17 - 12:44 pm
Possible MBTA map that would include the Indigo Line

Like literally put on the map.

The good news in a Boston Foundation report on the Fairmount Line is that a $200-million state investment in adding and improving stations and service meant a three-fold increase in ridership since 2012.

The bad news is that only means 2,257 riders on a typical weekday, because ridership in 2012 was so low - just 789. Read more.

By adamg - 4/24/17 - 5:29 pm

All the recent Twitter hubbub about fares at the new Brighton commuter-rail station got state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack to thinking: Could there be other stations near downtown that have unfair fares? Read more.

By adamg - 1/23/17 - 3:45 pm

The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board voted today to hire a construction company to build a $17-million station for the Fairmount Line between Blue Hill Avenue and Cummins Highway, about a quarter mile outside Mattapan Square. Read more.

By adamg - 12/27/16 - 10:41 am

An exhausted outbound Fairmount Line bought the farm just before Fairmount station and now the T says there are delays of 30 to 40 minutes, which is roughly twice as long as it would take the average adult to just get out and walk from Fairmount to the end of the line at Readville (yes, of course, unlike every other line, the Fairmount Line is not named for the last stop).

By adamg - 12/12/16 - 8:12 am

The T reports it's trying to get the stuck switch unstuck so the train that Sam Sam was waiting for, the one just sitting there just before the Fairmount stop, can get moving again.

By adamg - 10/24/16 - 8:39 am

A couple days ago, the Globe reported how Keolis treats the Faimount Line like its spare-parts bin - pulling equipment off the line when other lines have problems. This morning, Samantha Sergeant reports:

now 754 Fairmount Readville is having engine issues after already 20mins late! WTF R WE PAYING U 4?!?!

By massmarrier - 9/30/16 - 8:40 pm

Praise to Keolis — not a phrase I normally use. However, I just got a call from their support folk about six minutes after I emailed a complaint. AND she resolved it.

This gist centers on a nickel. Read more.

By adamg - 8/8/16 - 4:20 pm
Amtrak train under old bridge in Readville

Amtrak regional train heads under bridge on way to South Station.

Nine years after the state replaced the old Sprague Street bridge with a ho-hum concrete span, workers are getting ready to replace the old Fairmount Line bridge over the Northeast Corridor with one of the light-blue metal spans already in use along the line closer to downtown. Read more.

By adamg - 7/27/16 - 9:32 pm
Unusual locomotive on the Fairmount Line at Readville

You never know what you'll see at the Readville train station, a.k.a. the world's largest model train set.

With it still being too hot to cook tonight, I drove down to Olympic Pizza in Wolcott Square, put in an order, then walked over to the station, where I spotted an unusual locomotive on a Fairmount Line train. Read more.

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