WBUR reports the MBTA has once again pushed off the start of the ten new Orange Line cars it now has on hand, this time to the summer, due to a software glitch involving how the cars interact with the T's signaling system, which at least sounds like the kind of thing you'd want to hold off a rollout over.
Boston Magazine reports the certification came today for a marathon T trek of seven hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds in August.
NBC Boston reports the woman is expected to survive.
A Green Line trolley near Boylston and an Orange Line train somewhere on the tracks both suffered embarrassing mechanical problems around the same time this morning, causing delays on the two lines, but the MBTA says everything's back to being hunky dory.
A large contingent of Boston firefighters went down into the Downtown Crossing T stop to investigate an odor of smoke near the CharlieCard store around 10 p.m. They returned to the surface and their firehouses after determining the odor to be the remains of a heavy pot-smoking session, but not a fire.
The MBTA reports everything's back to normal on the Green Line after "a disabled train with a mechanical problem" gummed up the works at Arlington earlier.
The MBTA says it hopes to resume Blue Line service through the waterlogged Orient Heights station with the start of service Monday morning. Still, just in case, the T advises riders to allow some extra time. Read more.
A train that collapsed in a heap at Malden Center was shoved out of the way, but, of course, not before jamming up the whole Orange Line.
The MBTA reports "a track condition" discovered during an overnight inspection is forcing trains to go wicked slow between Harvard and Central. And word just in that a train is stuck at Central because its doors won't open.
Boston Magazine has the details of the new fares to go into effect on July 1. Senior and student passes are also not going up.
Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large), who fought the increases, said she's glad to see at least some of the fares not go up. She said she and Councilor Kim Janey (Roxbury) will now fight to eliminate fares on the 28 bus route along Blue Hill Avenue between Mattapan and Dudley squares. Read more.
Jake could only marvel at the amazing shoveling job done by separate Keolis and DCR crews at the steps down from Readville station to the sidewalk below: One cleared the stairs and another cleared a path along the sidewalk and yet, somehow, neither thought to make it so pedestrians could actually get from one to the other.
Keolis did promise to send down a crew to finish the job.
Two Transit Police sergeants are also charged with helping the cop cover up the beating - something their supervisor determined in part after watching video from the extensive camera network the MBTA has to catch criminals.
Mayor Walsh today announced a set of initiatives to make Boston roads safer and less clogged that include lowering the default citywide speed limit from 25 to 20 m.p.h., dedicated bus lanes on Brighton Avenue in Allston and North Washington Street along the North End, special pickup/drop-off lanes for Uber and Lyft cars - but also rush-hour surcharges for riding in them - and free T passes for all students in grades 7 through 12, regardless of whether they're BPS students. Read more.
The MBTA reports delays of up to 25 minutes on the Fairmount Line due to a switch problem near Readville station. At 8:28, BostonGal reported:
We are at a solid 30 min now. Collecting trains too. It’s cold. Very cool.
The MBTA is running shuttles between Lechmere and North Station due to a trolley that had some sudden issues getting power down from the wires. Here are some T workers doing some emergency repairs to the trolley as it sits on the viaduct.
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