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By adamg - 4/20/21 - 12:30 pm

CommonWealth talks to MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak, who says the T will likely hire 80 to 120 new employees to roam bus lines and above-ground trolleys to make sure they're paying their fares. The new system could speed up buses and trolleys by allowing people to board through both front and rear doors, but will mean a level of trust that people are boarding in the back with actual CharlieCards. The new workers will make random spot checks to make sure people are doing that.

By adamg - 4/20/21 - 11:15 am
Workers atop a Green Line trolley on Beacon Street

Chris in 02134 spotted some overhead-wire action on the Green Line on Beacon Street shortly before 11 a.m., about 45 minutes after the T reported "power problems" on the Beacon Street line were forcing it into bustitution between Coolidge Corner and Cleveland Circle.

By adamg - 4/8/21 - 10:59 am

The MBTA holds a hearing next week on a proposal to reduce the fine for piggybacking and other forms of fare evasion from $100 to $50 for a first offense. Read more.

By adamg - 3/17/21 - 10:37 am

The MBTA is now running buses between Blandford and Washington streets on the B Line because of what the T calls "an overhead wire problem" that requires some repairs before the trolleys can run again.

By adamg - 2/19/21 - 9:05 pm

The MBTA reports 20-minute delays on the Green Line due to "a train with a mechanical problem approaching Copley eastbound."

This comes a few hours after the Green Line was completely stopped after a trolley lost its pantograph at Park Street.

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By adamg - 2/19/21 - 4:46 pm
Green Line train in trouble at Park Street

Robert Grover posted this photo of a mortally wounded trolley at Park Street at 4:26 p.m., adds: Read more.

By adamg - 11/19/20 - 3:00 pm

WBZ reports an argument turned into a stabbing this afternoon.

By adamg - 11/14/20 - 5:03 pm

The Green Line isn't running between Copley and Government Center because the T has to inspect the tunnel under Tremont Street to make sure some work by a utility crew above the tunnel didn't do any damage to what is, of course, the country's oldest subway tunnel.

By adamg - 11/11/20 - 9:36 pm
Pressley speaks at Heath Street

With trolley behind her, Pressley says transit justice is racial justice.

Elected officials gathered at the Green Line terminus at Heath Street today to demand the MBTA rescind its plan announced this week to end the E Line at Brigham Circle. Read more.

By adamg - 10/14/20 - 11:32 am

Transit Police report arresting a Medford man they say stared at a woman on a Green Line platform on Park Street, followed her onto a trolley, sat across from her and then "exposed his genitals and committed a lewd act." Read more.

By adamg - 10/9/20 - 4:32 pm
Open emergency exit on Boylston Street

Greg spotted one of them at least partially open, in front of the CVS in Copley Square. The T said it would send somebody over to close it.

By adamg - 9/28/20 - 11:29 pm

The T is reporting both a dead outbound trolley at BU East and a wire problem near BC.

By adamg - 8/25/20 - 9:34 am

The T is currently busing Green Line passengers between Kenmore and Park due to what it calls "a power problem."

Earlier in the morning, Orange Line riders got to experience delays due to a dead train, which lead to un-social distancing on the remaining trains.

By adamg - 8/4/20 - 4:43 pm
Downed tree at Newton Highlands

Downed tree at Newton Highlands. Photo via Ian Lamont.

Isaias may only be giving the Boston area a glancing blow, but it's enough to snap trees like matchsticks on the Mattapan Line between Milton and Butler and on the Riverside Line near Longwood and Newton Highlands. Buses have replaced the Mattapan trolley and D Line trolleys from Kenmore all the way to Riverside. Read more.

By adamg - 7/20/20 - 9:14 am

WBZ reports Ride drivers and the comapny that runs the Ride reached a contract deal; the T says the Ride should be back to regular operations today.

Separately, the T's put in new barriers and signs on buses and trolleys, which means riders once again can board at the front on buses and at street-level trolley stops - so break out that CharlieCard The move also means more seats for riders.

By adamg - 7/19/20 - 2:29 pm

Dylan Rossiter asks:

Anyone know what these coil things are at Boylston Inbound?

By adamg - 7/14/20 - 4:14 pm
New trolley shielding

New shielding on the Green Line

The MBTA announced today that it's returning to front-door boarding on buses and on trolleys at street-level stations, including on the Mattapan Line, on Monday - in a move it says will also mean more seats available for passengers. Read more.

By adamg - 7/13/20 - 11:23 am

A smoke-belching cable halted Green Line service between Government Center and Park Street around 11:15. One trolley got stuck in the tunnel; T workers escorted passengers from there to Park Street.

By adamg - 6/13/20 - 12:21 pm

Nathaniel Stinnett watched some of the demolition of the steel part of the Lechmere viaduct this morning. It's coming down for the realignment of the Green Line towards the new Not-Lechmere station being built as part of the fabled Green Line Extension.

By adamg - 6/3/20 - 9:48 pm
Eures and Wilkie

Transit Police report two out-of-town visitors, one 17, the other 19, who came into Boston for "a day of leisure" on Monday had a fun day with a group of strangers they met on the Common - until the group led them into the Park Street T stop. Read more.

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