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By adamg - 5/24/24 - 8:34 pm

Update: At 8:35, the T was reporting 25-minute delays to somebody on the tracks at JFK/UMass.

At 7:22 p.m., the MBTA reported 20-minute delays on the Red Line due to a deceased train at Andrew. At 8:19, Adam Castiglioni asked when the trains would start up, because he's still stuck in the system, more specifically, at North Quincy, where not a single train has come through in either direction in 20 minutes.

By adamg - 5/24/24 - 9:27 am

The MBTA has gone full bustitution between Maverick and Suffolk Downs because of a wire problem at Airport, the nature of which they don't specify, but that's where the trains put up their connectors for those wires.

By adamg - 5/21/24 - 1:51 pm

Three Quincy teens were arraigned Friday on charges they decided to go all droog on some other South Shore teens and bash in their heads at the Kenmore Green Line stop on May 10, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adding police are continuing to try to ID two other alleged attackers. Read more.

By adamg - 5/21/24 - 8:02 am
Signs say: No Green Line

T spreading the news at Park, photo by a roving UHub photographer.

Update, 8:21 a.m.: T reports service back to normal

The MBTA reports the Green Line is dead between Copley and Government Center because of a switch problem at Arlington. Take the Orange Line instead, or the 39 bus should your travel plans include Huntington Avenue, they say.

By adamg - 5/20/24 - 3:31 pm

The MBTA reports an outbound Red Line train at Charles/MGH that's developed a sudden fear of crossing the water is gumming up the works towards Alewife.

By adamg - 5/20/24 - 1:51 pm
Smashed glass pane at Ashmont station

Transit Police reports that "several male juveniles" spent some time striking panes of glass at the Ashmont Red Line station, causing them to crack, around 10 p.m. on Sunday. Read more.

By adamg - 5/19/24 - 11:56 am

At 11:08 a.m., the MBTA reported delays on inbound Green Line service due to a deceased trolley at Kenmore.

Earlier in the morning, the T reported similarly pining-for-the-fjords status on the Mattapan Line due to a no-longer-functioning trolley there - but that one was bad enough that the T was advising riders to just forget about it and take the Route 24 bus instead.

By adamg - 5/18/24 - 7:29 pm
D Line train heading into Boston tonight

Mbcrowley snapped an inbound D Line trolley just past Waban around 7 tonight:

No One is using the T … yes some will board but they have a ton of work to do to get people back and spending $$$ on consultants to figure out how to save money is not going to get riders

By adamg - 5/18/24 - 11:46 am
Red Line car with smashe- in window

Head car with smashed-in window. Photo by TPD.

Transit Police report officers responded to North Quincy on the Red Line on a report of a woman using "a metal object" to smash windows on a Red Line car around 8:30 p.m. on Friday. She will be charged with malicious destruction of property, was brought to a local hospital after officers "determined she was in need of psychological services," police say.

By adamg - 5/17/24 - 12:08 pm

TransitMatters reports that while, yes, Blue Line trains now trundle along in less without slow zones, the peak-times trip between Wonderland and Bowdoin still takes longer on average than in February, 2023, before the T announced zillions of slow zones everywhere.

TransitMatters says that's because while the tracks are now in good shape, the Blue Line is still suffering "due to a switch issue, a signal issue, or a more significant ops issue altogether."

By adamg - 5/16/24 - 11:11 am

The MBTA this week sued Hitachi Rail, hired to install systems to keep commuter-rail trains from slamming into each other for $50 million for delays in finishing the system on routes in and out of North Station. Read more.

By adamg - 5/15/24 - 3:37 pm

Transit Police report arresting four teens - all 15 or 16 - on charges related to an attack on a Silver Line bus at Washington and Herald streets in the South End around 10 p.m. on Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 5/13/24 - 10:03 pm

The MBTA reports all that work on the Red Line between Park and JFK/UMass means it's eliminated 13 more slow zones on the line. But all that work can still be for nought if trains keep dying on those zippy tracks, as happened tonight when the T reported delays of up to 20 minutes due to a train gasping its last at Broadway.

By adamg - 5/13/24 - 10:50 am

At 9:49 a.m., the MBTA reported delays on the Green Line Extension between East Somerville as workers went into Officer Mike mode and escorted some baby ducks off the tracks.

Aw, shucks: More ducks.

By adamg - 5/13/24 - 9:08 am
Car on the Green Line tracks at Fuller Street

Transit Police report that around 3 this morning, somebody in a 2015 Hyundai drove onto the inbound Green Line tracks at Packards Corner, and then, realizing he couldn't escape the clutches of the sarlacc pit there, got out with a pal and ran away. "TPD Detectives to follow up," police say. "Vehicle towed from scene, no damage to tracks."

By adamg - 5/13/24 - 8:47 am

Remember when the T said the cure for the old, wheezing Orange Line cars was to buy new ones? The T reported, at 6:26 a.m., delays on the Orange Line because of a dead train at Wellington.

By adamg - 5/13/24 - 8:42 am

At 7:49 a.m., the MBTA reported that the Red Line, after part of it took a refreshing week off, had delays because of signal issues near Broadway. Fortunately, they didn't last long - the T updated at 8:01 that the signals were once again working. But the MBTA slow zone map still shows slow zones between Park and JFK/UMass.

By adamg - 5/11/24 - 11:54 pm

Boston firefighters responded to Downtown Crossing around 10:40 p.m. on a report of smoke that turned out to be from a small fire on the inbound tracks between Chinatown and Downtown Crossing.

Once the power was shut off, firefighters quickly doused the fire, located between the two "running rails" rather than along the third rail, with a fire extinguisher.

By adamg - 5/10/24 - 5:02 pm
Firefighters on top of a commuter-rail train at North Station

Firefighters atop a train. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded to North Station around 1:30 p.m. after a locomotive on Track 4 began belching fire. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire, which caused no injuries but which did cause some delays on service into the station.

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