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By adamg - 6/29/22 - 2:12 pm

The T reported earlier today that Orange Line riders could expect more delays this afternoon after trains had to be pulled last night due to vandalism, but now says it hopes to have enough cars back in service to provide the New Normal of Orange Line service. Read more.

By adamg - 6/29/22 - 9:35 am
Orange Line sign says next train to Oak Grove is in more than 20 minutes

Is this the new normal? Summer Camp looks up and sighs. Read more.

By adamg - 6/26/22 - 7:49 pm

The MBTA announced this evening it's once again running Orange and Green Line trains downtown, now that what's left of the Government Center Garage has been shored up enough to keep it from collapsing atop Haymarket station. Read more.

By adamg - 6/23/22 - 8:56 pm
Sign: No service on the Orange Line

Orange Line at 6:13 p.m. Photo by Emily.

The T shut the Green and Orange Lines downtown again this evening after another "structural issue with the Government Center Garage."

Green Line service has been replaced by buses between Lechmere and Government Center. The Orange Line is shut between North Station and Back Bay, "until further notice," the T says. Read more.

By adamg - 6/22/22 - 9:37 pm

So you can understand why the MBTA, already under the gun for all those safety violations and the ongoing delays in getting new Orange and Red Line trains into service, might want to downplay what happened early Monday morning in the Wellington Orange Line yard, calling it a "battery failure" but grudgingly acknowledging, at least to a Globe reporter, that the "failure" caused "significant damage" to the part of the car where the battery used to be. Read more.

By adamg - 6/21/22 - 7:02 pm

The Globe reports the T took all the new cars out of service today after finding some sort of battery problem in one of them.

By adamg - 6/17/22 - 2:27 pm

The T today announced its first step in responding to this week's critical safety demands from federal investigators: Starting Monday, it will run fewer trains on weekdays on the Red, Orange and Blue Lines to give employees at its Operations Control Center a breather until it can find and train more of them. Read more.

By adamg - 6/8/22 - 9:30 am
Wanted man

Transit Police have released a couple of photos of a man they say got out of his seat on one of the last Orange Line trains of the night this past Friday, stood in front of a woman, unzipped and "committed a lewd act" as the train hurtled between Haymarket and Malden.

If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous text to 873873.

By adamg - 6/2/22 - 11:47 am

Transit Police report arresting two 14-year-olds they say broke into the cab of a car on the Orange Line and began screaming obscenities over the train PA system on Wednesday morning. Read more.

By adamg - 5/23/22 - 5:09 pm

An Orange Line train pulling into Oak Grove got ThisClose, then died, now it's just sitting on the tracks, as passengers wonder if they'll ever get to the platform. For what it's worth, it's one of the older rec-room models, not the newly bolt-enhanced newer trains.

By adamg - 5/23/22 - 8:57 am

The MBTA announced this morning it's returning the new Orange Line trains to service after finding that a braking problem on one train last week was because a bolt on one of the eight braking units on one car had been improperly installed at the factory. Read more.

By adamg - 5/20/22 - 1:19 pm
Wanted for being gross

Surveillance photos via TPD.

Transit Police report they are hunting a man who provides the latest proof that the people who clean subway stations should always wear gloves. Read more.

By adamg - 5/19/22 - 2:50 pm

The MBTA reports it pulled all the Springfield-assembled bingbingbing Orange Line trains today after one of them "experienced a problem" in one of its braking units and it pulled up lame at Wellington, where new Orange Line trains go to die. Read more.

By adamg - 5/17/22 - 10:19 pm

Around 2:30 p.m. today, Josh Deering reported from car 1238 on an Orange Line train hurtling downtown: Read more.

By adamg - 5/16/22 - 9:19 pm

Transit Police report arresting a Quincy man they say was sitting in a seat on an Orange Line train at Forest Hills Saturday evening when he "got up from his seat ran towards the train's window and kicked it causing it to shatter." Read more.

By adamg - 4/15/22 - 9:14 am
Wanted for knife assault

Transit Police have released photos of a guy they say reacted to another man talking too loudly on the Orange Line by pulling out a knife and demanding he shut up, around 7:30 p.m. on March 25. Read more

By adamg - 3/29/22 - 4:30 pm
Tunnel drone view

The MBTA reports that before it send actual inspectors into the Orange Line and Green Line tunnels under the partially collapsed Government Center Garage, it sent in drones today: Read more.

By adamg - 3/28/22 - 10:24 pm

The MBTA lists options for getting from A to B with the Orange and Green lines now out for God knows how long at Haymarket (where things are so iffy inspectors first have to figure out if the tunnels are safe just for them, never mind trains and riders).

By adamg - 3/27/22 - 5:29 pm

The MBTA announced today it's not going to be running any trains or buses under the partially collapsed Government Center Garage - which sits atop Haymarket station, "until a team of structural engineers, examining and assessing infrastructure above and below the surface, confirms that subway service can safely resume." Read more.

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