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By adamg - 2/4/23 - 2:09 pm
Crashed car

The MBTA reports Alewife station is closed "due to an auto accident with the building structure." The Cambridge Fire Department reports the driver of a car on the top garage level slammed into a wall - intentionally, Transit Police say. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/23 - 1:07 pm

The commuter-rail Twitter feed today is full of delay notices due to severe weather conditions, broken rails, signal issues and, of course, mechanical issues (and in some cases severe weather conditions AND mechanical issues). Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/23 - 12:39 pm

The MBTA had to stop the Red Line between Broadway and JFK/UMass this morning because of "a downed fence blocking the track area" near Andrew Square. And then there were the disabled trains it had to push/shove/somehow remove from the tracks on the Braintree branch.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 9:30 pm

The MBTA reports:

Earlier tonight, the MBTA experienced a power outage that caused a systemwide disruption to credit & debit card processing at fare vending machines. The power issue has been resolved & all fare vending machines are now functioning properly. We apologize for any inconveniences.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 9:22 pm

CommonWealth reports Gov. Healey said she would rather work with CRRC than fight it, but that something has to be done about the fact that the company's Springfield plant hasn't shipped a new Red or Orange Line car here in more than seven months.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 5:09 pm

The MBTA reports southbound delays of up to 15 minutes on the Red Line due to a train suffering a coronary at Porter Square.

Video of a train being taken out of service at Park Street, no long after, with special guest appearance by a leaking ceiling in the station.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 4:09 pm

The MBTA is reporting delays of up to 15 minutes on the Orange Line due to a signal problem near North Station.

The outbound Red Line, meanwhile, is delayed as Transit Police swarm Harvard station to confront a large group of rowdy kids.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 9:42 am

The MBTA reports things are back to what passes for hunky dory on the Red Line now that they've disposed of a train with a "mechanical problem" at Fields Corner, so the governor should have no problems as she takes a ride on the Red Line at 12:30 to show her concern about T issues - from Park Street to South Station, from which she is supposed to walk to the T operations center on High Street, which, based on the continuing extra time between trains on the Red Line, is still understaffed.

By adamg - 1/31/23 - 2:20 pm

Red Line service in both directions was shut after a man wound up on the tracks at Park Street around 1:45 p.m.

The T is now running shuttle buses between Harvard Square and Broadway.

By adamg - 1/28/23 - 3:22 pm

The MBTA reports it's rounding up some buses to replace the C Line trolleys that can't run due to a train that has switched to the track to Elysian Fields at Coolidge Corner.

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 - 1/27/23 - 12:45 pm
Smashed bus window

Smashed bus window. Photo by TPD.

Transit Police report that one group of teens attacked another group unprovoked on a bus at Blue Hill Avenue and Columbia Road around 3:30 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 1/27/23 - 9:43 am

An inbound Red Line train at Andrew had to be taken out of service when it began to get more than just a tad smoky. The T reports: "The train had an issue with the heating/AC unit on top of one of the cars. The unit has been shut off and the train was sent to the yard," no doubt to think about what it had done.

By adamg - 1/26/23 - 9:35 pm

Fed-up passengers shove a belligerent, spitting homophobe off a Red Line train at South Station while another guy is sprawled across several seats, sleeping through it all.

By adamg - 1/26/23 - 9:27 pm
First responders in Copley Square

The scene in Copley Square. Photo by Rand. Can't sit still.

What the MBTA described as a signal problem turned out to be a trolley derailment just after Copley Square outbound that left passengers on that train and two trains behind it stuck in the tunnel. Read more.

By adamg - 1/26/23 - 5:24 pm

The Globe reports the T hasn't gotten a single new subway car in seven months now. CommonWealth reports on some of the numbers - and says the Chinese company the T hired wants it to pay for the added costs of Trump-era tariffs on Chinese goods, which the T could balance by implementing the $500-a-day penalties the contract allows for late deliveries.

By adamg - 1/26/23 - 3:19 pm
Rolled over truck

BlueEyesRedHair got a look at the 18-wheeler flipped on its side on the Expressway southbound at Savin Hill early this afternoon. Read more.

By adamg - 1/25/23 - 4:52 pm

Yeah, about that. The T announced today the Orange Line would be shut between Ruggles and North Station because of the ongoing Government Center Garage demolition, but a Globe reporter got curious and asked why Ruggles and the T acknowledged it was also to do more work to eliminate the slow zones that it had earlier said it would eliminate during the shutdown, except it turns out they didn't.

By adamg - 1/25/23 - 4:20 pm

As it did this morning, the T is advising Orange Line riders to expect 15 minute delays because despite the alleged infusion of new trains from Springfield, it simply doesn't have enough trains to run even the limited service it began running a few months ago after the feds came down on them for working its dispatchers way too hard. Read more.

By adamg - 1/25/23 - 4:15 pm

The MBTA advises Green Line service is currently delayed due to the fact that a trolley just refused to move one inch further near Park Street.

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