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By adamg - 6/21/21 - 9:34 pm

The Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership reports officials announced today that the Union Square stub line is now scheduled to open in December instead of October and that the main part of the extension is now scheduled to start up in May, rather than the previously announced December.

By adamg - 6/20/21 - 11:17 pm
New look of Huntington Avenue with new transit and bike ways in one MBTA rendering

Possible next-gen Huntington Avenue, with transit/bike lanes on either side.

MBTA planners tomorrow will discuss potential new designs for the Green Line along between Brigham Circle and Heath Street and along Commonwealth Avenue with the goal to make the two branches more easily accessible to people with mobility issues. Read more.

By adamg - 6/16/21 - 11:22 pm

A judge today dismissed a federal civil-rights charges by a Black attorney against the MBTA and Transit Police officers who arrested him on the word of a woman who turned out to be lying because "qualified immunity" means they are protected in a case where they made a mistake - even one that cost him his job and sent him to the hospital with a pinched nerve from the handcuffs. Read more.

By adamg - 6/15/21 - 10:59 am

The MBTA says July 3 is when full service will resume on all commuter-rail lines, including weekend service on the lines that used to have it in the before times but had it axed in January. Masks are still required on T trains and buses and in stations. The T adds:

New schedules will represent an increase in the overall number of weekend trains operating with new, earlier options that match the needs of shift workers like essential employees in the healthcare industry.

By adamg - 6/15/21 - 9:19 am

MBTA officials used to worry about Green Line flooding from the tiny Muddy River, but they might have bigger things to worry about, like the Atlantic Island flooding the Blue Line via Belle Isle Marsh, WBUR reports.

Say, isn't that right near the planned Suffolk Downs mega-development? Why yes, yes it is, but they've got a plan for that.

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By adamg - 6/12/21 - 6:31 pm

Transit Police report an officer was chomped three times by a large dog at the Shawmut Red Line station around 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday. Read more.

By adamg - 6/10/21 - 9:40 am
Broken Park Street step with cone

If you happened to be at Park Street yesterday and noticed a cone alerting you to a broken step, you can thank Odd Onsentino, who reports what happened after he spotted the saggy stair: Read more.

By adamg - 6/9/21 - 11:04 am

WCVB posts video of the Wellington derailment that led the T to pull all of the new Orange and Red Line trains off the tracks back in March: Read more.

By adamg - 6/5/21 - 11:09 pm
Workers on a piece of the new bridge at Robert Street

After connecting thick wires to a large slab of concrete, workers jumped off to help steady it as the crane lifted it to the bridge.

After one crew spent last night on equipment that gnawed away the old Needham Line bridge over Robert Street in Roslindale Square, another crew came in this morning to get the new bridge into place and ready for trains on Monday. Read more.

By adamg - 6/4/21 - 9:09 am

Melissa Sullivan spotted a deer running down Commonwealth Avenue in Allston this morning: Read more.

By adamg - 5/30/21 - 10:06 pm

J the roving UHub photographer happened to be in Kenmore Square just after the Red Sox called today's game due to rain.

By adamg - 5/26/21 - 9:36 am

Remember when it was about to get cancelled because it was going to cost too much? CommonWealth Magazine reports the project is now forecast to come in under budget, only in part thanks to $103 million in federal recovery aid for mass-transit projects and possibly enough so to let Cambridge and Somerville recover the $45 million they ponied up to keep the project going.

By adamg - 5/24/21 - 3:37 pm

Transit Police report arresting an East Boston man at the Braintree Red Line station who, they charge, punched a cabbie to the ground and then repeatedly kicked him in the head after the driver told him he could not take him anywhere because he was at the station to pick somebody up. Read more.

By adamg - 5/24/21 - 11:14 am

MBTA GLX! May 2021 Green Line Extension Construction Update!

Here's a detailed drone-based video of the work towards extending the Green Line past Lechmere. If you want to skip stuff about the history of the Green Line and work on the existing sections, skip to 4:50 (and yes, the narrator is not from around here, as you can tell by his pronunciation of "Tremont" and "Zakim" but it's still a cool video).

By adamg - 5/22/21 - 1:28 pm

A woman who suffered injuries when her leg got stuck between an Orange Line car and the platform at Massachusetts Avenue during an afternoon rush hour in 2018 - and who was rescued by fellow passengers who managed to push the train just enough to free her - sued the MBTA this week. Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/21 - 9:08 am

The T is blaming "power problems" for the cessation of the Blue Line and the need to bus passengers between Airport and Maverick this morning, although one commuter reports:

A shuttle was promised when we found out at airport station, it has been 10 minutes and no shuttle in sight.

By adamg - 5/13/21 - 10:52 pm

Transit Police report arresting a Malden man for an incident that started in an Orange Line car at Haymarket and ended with him pursued down the tunnel, around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Read more.

By adamg - 5/10/21 - 10:08 pm
Alleged Green Line attacker

Surveillance photos via Transit PD; note tattoos on left arm.

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy for an attack on the Green Line stop at Park Street that ended with the victim's head slamming into the platform around 8 a.m. on May 1. Read more.

By adamg - 5/10/21 - 1:48 pm

DingDingDing's Child reports from today's MBTA uberboard meeting: Engineers say that as the wheel-bearing "trucks" on the new Orange and Red Line trains age, they require more force to turn when going across switches, which may have contributed to the Orange Line derailments at Wellington. Read more.

By adamg - 5/10/21 - 10:13 am

Transit Police report waking up a Lynn man and arresting him on gun and drug charges at Downtown Crossing yesterday after a bystander watched a handgun fall out of his pocket while he was trying to get comfortable. Read more.

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