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By adamg - 10/17/19 - 8:52 am
Boat on dry land after storm

Matt Conti shows us a boat on dry land in the North End after the storm overnight. He has more photos of damage in the North End.

John Hanzl surveyed the damage along Harbor Towers: Read more.

By adamg - 10/10/19 - 3:37 pm

Boston Police are thanking bystanders who helped them save the lives of two men yesterday - one of whom was getting ready to throw himself in front of a Needham Line train in Roslindale, the other of whom was trying to throw himself from an overpass onto the Expressway in Dorchester. Read more.

By adamg - 9/23/19 - 5:15 pm

MassDOT reports the board that runs the T agreed to spend $345 million to buy 80 new bi-level coaches from Hyundai-Rotem - which will increase capacity on the entire commuter-rail system by about 14,000 seats a day once they all roll out and replace more of the single-level coaches still in use. Read more.

By adamg - 9/17/19 - 12:03 pm
Mohammed and Jesus

Bad Ideas Inc. puts in a good word for two T "ambassadors" at Back Bay station, named Mohammed (on the left) and Jesus: Read more.

By adamg - 9/16/19 - 5:51 pm

Todd Mulligan asks:

Did they just announce we will be going back inbound to Hyde park (from Readville)? And then outbound again, That can’t be right?

Read more.

By adamg - 9/9/19 - 9:54 am
People transferring from one train to another

Wonderfitzig was among the people who had to hop off inbound train 156 on the Newburyport/Rockport Line train and get on another after the engine sighed its last and went to the great roundhouse in the sky this morning near River Works - after their train just sat there for 90 minutes or so. Read more.

By adamg - 9/4/19 - 10:19 pm

Lightning strikes fried the signal system along the Worcester Line early this evening and ever since trains have either had to go wicked late or were just canceled altogether, the T reports.

By adamg - 9/3/19 - 9:13 pm

Colin B was on the 593 train to Framingham this afternoon when the PA blared: "Does anyone have any dry cleaning? We need a coat hanger up at the head car."

By adamg - 9/3/19 - 6:46 am

WHDH reports a train caught on fire inside the cavernous building and that the fire then spread to the roof.

By adamg - 9/2/19 - 1:01 pm

Around 11:10 a.m. by an inbound train, Transit Police reports. Mark Allen is on the train and reports:

Very somber feeling in the coach. A prayer for the victim and his family, and additionally, prayers for the crew of the train who are the first responders to these types of incidents.

By adamg - 8/29/19 - 5:38 pm

Claire Blechman reports the infamous Beverly drawbridge is stuck again, forcing Newburyport/Rockport Line passengers to abandon ship only to discover that Uber rates have gone into crisis mode.

By adamg - 8/29/19 - 4:00 pm

An equipment malfunction at a Green Line Extension project in Somerville has forced the T to cancel all service on the Lowell Line between Anderson/Woburn and North Station today, MassDOT reports. Read more.

By adamg - 8/27/19 - 12:02 pm

CommonWealth Magazine reports Massachusetts and Rhode Island are looking to rent some locos from Amtrak as a way of providing faster, cleaner service between Boston and Providence. No timetable or any other specifics released.

By adamg - 8/26/19 - 8:57 am

Keolis reports Train 076, the 7:50 a.m. from Greenbush, will be an hour late into town due to the trifecta of "late arrival of equipment, crossing gate and signal issues."

By adamg - 8/22/19 - 10:00 am

Transit Police report a man on the Rockport Line tracks in Gloucester was hit and killed by a train around 6:20 a.m. Foul play is not suspected, police say.

On Monday, another man was hit and killed by a Fitchburg Line train.

By adamg - 8/19/19 - 8:01 am

Transit Police report a man, about 21, was hit on the tracks by a train at the Brighton Street crossing and was killed, around 6:20 a.m.

By adamg - 8/15/19 - 10:27 am
Everett man arrest

Transit Police report arresting an Everett man on a charge of open and gross lewdness on the Malden Center commuter-rail platform after, they say, people waiting on the neighboring Orange Line platform turned to see where some grunting sounds were coming from around 7:25 p.m. yesterday. Read more.

By adamg - 7/29/19 - 6:43 pm
Dukakis

At a Boston City Council hearing this afternoon on connecting commuter-rail lines that now end at North and South stations, former Gov. Mike Dukakis had a simple message: "Please kill any further work on South Station expansion; it's totally unnecessary." Read more.

By adamg - 7/29/19 - 9:48 am

Sharon Machlis grabbed a couple of months of commuter-rail performance data and created a site that lets you see on-time performance for lines and trains.

By adamg - 7/25/19 - 8:50 pm
Flames from Providence Line locomotive

The fire-belching loco. Photo by KMV.

Passengers heading towards Providence had to evacuate their train in Canton Junction after the train experienced a "mechanical issue" that included the diesel belching fire, around 8 p.m. More flaming action.

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