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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.

By adamg - 7/11/19 - 3:34 pm

MassDOT reports people who normally ride the Needham Line on Saturdays will have to find another way to get around between Aug. 3 and Oct. 12 to let workers install a "positive train control" system that will make the line safer by keeping trains from going too fast and reducing the odds they might crash into each other.

Preparation for the new system has included cutting down trees along the right of way in recent months.

By adamg - 7/10/19 - 7:11 pm

Transit Police report an outbound Fitchburg train hit and killed a man on the tracks at the Brandeis/Roberts train station around 6 p.m. Police say foul play is not suspected.

By adamg - 7/8/19 - 6:17 pm
Delays at North Station

Laura Wareck is among the jammed-in riders at North Station, where a Lowell Line train seems to have left this mortal coil.

Meanwhile, the Red Line is busy Red Line'ing.

By adamg - 7/3/19 - 7:19 pm

Transit Police report a man in his 20s was hit and killed by an outbound train to Worcester near the Newtonville stop around 5:15 p.m. Police are investigating what he was doing on the tracks, but say foul play is not suspected. Read more.

By adamg - 6/11/19 - 5:19 pm
South Station at start of rush hour

Dave Vittorini shows us just how close commuters can jam themselves together, in this photo taken around 4:45 p.m. at South Station, where some Red Line commuters tried using commuter rail instead. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/19 - 4:57 pm

Tweets from Keolis initially blamed delays on commuter-rail service out of South Station on "fire department activity," but the rail operator reported at 4:39 p.m.:

[A]pologies for the lack of communication. It appears the fire alarm went off in South Station which is causing delays across several trains.

By adamg - 6/4/19 - 7:11 am

Keolis reports:

All trains on the Needham, Franklin, Fairmount, Providence/Stoughton, Middleborough/Lakeville, Kingston/Plymouth and Greenbush lines are currently experiencing 15-25 minutes delays due to a signal issue.

By adamg - 6/1/19 - 11:02 am

Around 10:30 a.m. where the Fairmount Line crosses the Neponset River between West Street and Truman Parkway. Read more.

By PegH - 5/29/19 - 10:07 am

The trains have been late, delayed or outright cancelled for the past week and a half...this morning coming from Salem was ridiculous! And, why is that the GPS on most trains suddenly goes dark when the trains are late, delayed or cancelled? Is Keolis playing games with their 'on time' performance metrics?

But fear not, the latest fare increase doesn't hit until July....aaargh

By adamg - 5/28/19 - 8:41 pm
By adamg - 5/26/19 - 3:57 pm

A disgusted citizen files a 311 complaint about the new black splotches on his or her car after driving under the train bridge over East Cottage Street in Dorchester:

There is tar dripping from the bridge. It dropped on my car and ruined the hood and roof.

By adamg - 5/23/19 - 6:08 pm
Crowds at North Station

Laura Warcek is in the increasingly large horde of anxious commuters awaiting trains that the T reports are delayed due to "late arrival of equipment" on the Haverhill and Fitchburg lines.

By adamg - 5/16/19 - 1:14 pm

Alon Levy ponders the oddity that is the Providence Line: Completely set up for more reliable electric trains, yet the T - which owns the tracks from South Station to the Rhode Island line - continues to run diesel locomotives on it.

By adamg - 5/16/19 - 10:13 am

An inbound train that died early this morning on the Providence Line caused a cascade of delays that made some commuters more than two hours late getting into Boston.

By adamg - 4/29/19 - 5:21 pm

The MBTA is reporting delays on the Providence/Stoughton line due to "a switch issue."

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