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By adamg - 9/25/22 - 7:56 pm
Guy in a chair on the Orange Line

Bring your own, as Professional Printer Wrangler noticed this evening. She reports the guy did NOT roll down the car like a half-empty energy-drink bottle, but only because "he was hanging onto the pole like his life depended on it."

By adamg - 9/23/22 - 9:17 am

Transit Police report two men who exchanged punches to the head after an argument over the loud music one was playing on an Orange Line car will both be summonsed into court on assault charges. Read more.

By adamg - 9/22/22 - 9:55 am
Old Orange Lne car leaves Wellington

Was that Taps playing softly in the distance? Photo by MBTA.

WBZ reports on and photographs the first of the old Orange Line trains to be trucked out of the Wellington Yards for the trip to a Middleboro scrapping facility owned by Costello Dismantling Co., whose logo consists of a preying mantis.
Read more.

By adamg - 9/20/22 - 5:22 pm
Everybody ordered off train

Shortly before 6, everybody was ordered off this outbound train at North Station. Photo by Jed Hresko.

Update: At 5:43, the T said a train with "a door problem" at Downtown Crossing meant 20-minute delays northbound. They did not say if it was the same train that had problems at Forest Hills.

The MBTA reports northbound delays of ten minutes on the Orange Line northbound because they had to fix "a mechanical problem" on a train at Forest Hills. Read more.

By adamg - 9/20/22 - 9:21 am

If yesterday was the Day of Shiny Floors (and smiling ambassadors and Dunkin' gift cards) on the Orange Line, today is Return to the Old Days Day: Read more.

By adamg - 9/19/22 - 10:09 am
Shiny floor at Haymarket

Along with all the track and signal work, the T said it would spend the Month of No Orange Line to spiff up the stations. Alex DiPrato reports that, sure, his first morning ride on the Orange Line was wicked slow (although the T had cautioned the new tracks need a week or so to settle), but at least the floors were gleaming at Haymarket today. Read more.

By adamg - 9/17/22 - 5:10 pm

So stop being so cynical, no? Well, OK, there is one teeny little thing: Orange Line rides at first might actually be slower to let the redone tracks in the old slow zones settle. But you'll be sitting in brand new hard-plastic seats with the nubbly surfaces, since most of the cars, like 75% of them, will be the new bing-bingy new 'uns.

By adamg - 9/10/22 - 11:54 am
Blocked in MBTA shuttle

Marco shows us the scene this morning at Washington and School streets in Downtown Crossing, where one of those MBTA shuttle buses found itself blocked in and unable to make the turn because of an MBTA truck parked right at the intersection.

By adamg - 9/6/22 - 3:22 pm
Baker on Orange Line tracks

Baker reports he was glad to, adds: "As of today, 59% of the planned diversion work has been completed, including signal upgrades, track and rail replacement."

Ed. note: We're going to assume he means he walked the tracks (without a helmet) at Community College, unless the T is also using the Orange Line timeout to add a Community Center stop.

By adamg - 9/1/22 - 2:47 pm

Keolis announced today that it will be having even more Providence Line and Franklin Line trains stop at Forest Hills both on weekdays and weekends to handle riders who would normally take the Orange Line or who just don't like the idea of taking a shuttle bus, no matter how plush the seats. Read more.

By adamg - 8/27/22 - 12:53 pm
Tattoo showing a devil-horned Orange Line car on fire

Where were you when the Orange Line shut down? One Jamaica Plain resident was out getting a tattoo to commemorate the reasons for the shutdown. Photo by Katherine Brainard.

More T tattoos:
T map.
T logo.
Red Line at Fields Corner.
Red Line and more T maps.

By adamg - 8/24/22 - 9:30 am

Transit Police report they arrested Steven Wade Coffey, 27, on Monday on charges he raped a woman at the Tufts Medical Center Orange Line stop on Aug. 4.

He's the second man arrested for a Chinatown rape this month.

Innocent, etc.

By adamg - 8/22/22 - 12:04 pm
Blank movie screen on a bus

What, no movie? Photo by Madelyne.

OK, we'll get to the question of what movie Orange Line shuttle buses should be showing in a moment, but first, a brief report on how the morning commute went: Read more.

By adamg - 8/21/22 - 10:19 pm
Shuttle bus from Arkansas

Miles Bowman spotted a charter bus from Arkansas turning into Oak Grove today - although Jacklyn may have won today's competition (and so a month's worth of free rides on Orange Line shuttle buses!) with a Golden Gate Legacy bus from the San Francisco area. Read more.

By adamg - 8/20/22 - 12:03 pm

Maybe it was the the Orange Line, or the return of the heat, or just general Boston agita, but this week saw an explosion of Greater Boston-shouting woman memes. Here are some: Read more.

By adamg - 8/19/22 - 9:29 pm
No more trains at Green Street

The sign at Green Street says it all.

Kristin MacDougall got off the last train into Forest Hills tonight and reports that the departure board immediately lit up with "No train service" and then The Voice announced over the PA: "This station is closed."

Perhaps appropriately, that last train was one of the 1980s rolling rec rooms with the wood paneling rather than one of the shiny new bing-bing-bing-bing jobs: Read more.

By adamg - 8/19/22 - 4:53 pm

People trying to register for Bluebikes accounts right now are can't, because the app is dead, something about servers or something. Bluebikes reports it's aware of the problem (not surprising given that @RideBlueBikes on Twitter is being barraged with complaints) and is telling would-be riders:

We appreciate you reaching out to report this issue. Our engineers have already been notified and are working on a fix as we speak. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

By adamg - 8/19/22 - 2:37 pm
Shuttle bus outside Wellington station

Although the T will be paying Yankee Line of South Boston up to $37 million for a month's worth of coach buses to replace the Orange Line and some Green Line service, the company doesn't have enough of its own bright-yellow buses to meet the demand, so has been shipping in a variety of buses from across the East Coast, including this bus from North Carolina, sitting outside Wellington before a test run this afternoon.

By adamg - 8/19/22 - 10:46 am

WBZ Archives: The Final Ride of the Orange Line ‘El’

In 1987, the MBTA shut the elevated Orange Line south of Back Bay so it could eventually switch over to the semi-submerged line we know today. The T brought in 100 buses and the mayor of Boston held a press conference to urge patience - and to avoid driving downtown. Walt Sanders at WBZ reports.

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