Forest Hills rider wore appropriate color for her ride into town from Forest Hills.
Shortly after 11 a.m., the first of the new Orange Line trains pulled out of Wellington, heading south. Around 11:40, it pulled into Forest Hills, disgorging its first load of railfans, regular T riders, T workers and a lots of reporters. Read more.
Back in the day, when T riders without a monthly pass had to keep some tokens jangling in their pockets or purses, you usually had to pay extra to transfer from the subway to a bus. One of the exceptions was for riders of the 39 bus, who could get a transfer ticket at Back Bay. Read more.
WCVB reports. Fans of humid, wood-paneled rec rooms on wheels don't have to worry just yet, though - most of the trains that will continue to lumber between Oak Grove and Forest Hills will still be those grime and rust-coated 1987 cars you've come to love.
Transit Police report arresting a Haverhill man they say would board a nearly empty Orange Line car, sit next to a woman and then expose and fondle himself while using a newspaper to hide what he was doing from the rest of the passengers. Read more.
A man convicted of indecent assault and battery last year was arrested for two July 18 incidents, one involving an attempted rape at Northeastern and the other an exposure on an Orange Line train. Read more.
And then, of course, because this was one of those sparkly new trains, with air conditioning and doors that work and no rust, it just kept on going on yet another test run, this time through North Station, as Chris stood there and watched this morning.
So, we were just told get off the train because they couldn’t “control the first two cars”, whatever that means. I’m still trynna understand what exactly this fare hike was for. pic.twitter.com/BpwllK1zhv
Gordon Hallett shows us that yet another truck driver has learned a valuable lesson at the bridge that carries the Orange Line over Medford Street in Malden around noon today: That if a bridge has a sign reading 12'6", you better make sure your truck is a couple inches shorter than that, or you're going to get mocked mercilessly for storrowing a bridge. And a ticket.
The MBTA shut power on the Orange Line in the area of Stony Brook around 4:05 p.m. after receiving word a shirtless, shoeless man had gotten onto the tracks and was ambling around. Transit Police arrived and managed to convince Shoeless Joe that was not the best of ideas, got him back up on the platform and radioed in that the power could go back on and service resume, around 4:20 p.m.
The MBTA reports workers have put out the "leaf debris that was smoldering" just inbound from Ruggles that was causing smoke and delays of up to 15 minutes on the Orange Line as train drivers were ordered to stand by rather than risk driving through the Great Smoky Tracks. No word if the $50 million in extra T spending the governor just announced includes money for rakes.
Who knew the T took Orange Line trains out of service just because the AC stopped? Well, they do, or at least did this afternoon and of course that caused delays of up to 15 minutes on the line. The overheated train was taken out behind the barn at North Station and, well, we just don't want to know.