Commuter rail

By - 3/11/19 - 8:22 pm

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.

By - 3/8/19 - 1:55 pm
Two crews shoveled snow at Readville station, yet pedestrians are still having trouble

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.

By - 3/6/19 - 8:54 am
Train stuck at Readville

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.

By - 3/5/19 - 8:46 am

A train died near Wachusett station and that has gummed everything up. Or as SMM put it around 7:40 a.m.: Read more.

By - 2/13/19 - 5:29 pm

Good thing South Station has a couple of places to get a beer.

By - 2/12/19 - 6:38 pm
By - 2/6/19 - 11:51 am

Transit Police report citing or arresting three people during yesterday's Patriots parade: Read more.

By - 2/5/19 - 5:05 pm
Crowds at South Station

The maddening crowd. Photo by Ashish Kasturia.

South Station proved a nightmare for people desperately trying to get out of town late this afternoon: Read more.

By - 2/5/19 - 11:01 am

An outbound Franklin Line train hit a man on the tracks in Norwood around 8:15 a.m.

Service was halted and then seriously delayed in both directions due to the police investigation.

By - 2/5/19 - 9:35 am
Pats fans waiting for train in Salem

Claire Blechman captured the scene at the Salem commuter-rail stop shortly before 9 a.m. She reports some people opened an unmanned door on an outbound train and got on, which is either very dumb or very smart. Read more.

By - 1/31/19 - 3:37 pm

No, not the subways - they catch on fire easily enough all on their own. But the Globe reports that as the temperature plunged, Keolis turned on switch heaters, some of which blow hot air, but others of which consist of flaming jets designed to keep the switches operable in the cold.

By - 1/21/19 - 5:48 pm
No lights, no heat

Passengers on an outbound Fitchburg Line train had to endure two hours on a cold, unlit train stuck in Weston this evening - and then 15 minutes standing outside in single-digit temperatures waiting for a relief train. Read more.

By - 1/2/19 - 1:38 pm

MassDOT reports that a $10 weekend fare good for unlimited rides on commuter rail resumes this Saturday. Read more.

By - 12/27/18 - 11:31 am

Way back in November, Mike Schreck wondered why one particular evening train on the Needham Line left Back Bay at 6:01 p.m. rather than the scheduled 6:03 p.m., which meant he missed the train home. Last week, he finally got an answer from Keolis: Read more.

By - 12/26/18 - 9:19 am
Massive crowd at Porter Square when the Fitchburg Line died

Just ugh. See April. Photo by Michael Doyle.

If we had a dime for every T delay, we'd be rich. Here are the ones we rhymed in 2018. It's far from a complete list of delays - we missed a few and didn't do rhymes for delays caused by deaths or that involved people being forced to walk through tunnels to escape from dead trains. Read more.

By - 12/13/18 - 8:58 am

A Dig reporter has to get up pretty early in the morning to catch the one train a day that leaves Plimptonville for Boston - it departs at 6:58 a.m.

I drove to Plimptonville one morning this fall, I think to find its reason for existing. Assuming there is one.

By - 12/12/18 - 3:38 pm

Mark A. Grasso was heading into town on Train 414 on the Fitchburg Line, which pulled into Belmont shortly after noon - and then just sat there. He reports: Read more.

By - 12/12/18 - 8:53 am

The MBTA is reporting all sorts of issues and schedule changes on the Worcester Line due to a train that thought it could, but it couldn't, so it just stopped moving altogether just barely out of Worcester.

By - 12/11/18 - 9:27 am

The MBTA reports train 708, which was supposed to leave Franklin at 7:50 a.m., has some sort of mechanical problem and so is going wicked slow and was expected to get into South Station 45 to 60 minutes late. Eamonn McHugh-Roohr reports from the voyage of the darned:

Ice in the brake lines and engineer flying blind.

By - 12/7/18 - 9:00 am

Around 11:10 p.m. at the Old Sudbury Road crossing. Read more.