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.
Can you or one of UH's intrepid correspondents check out the flustercuck on the North Side line today?
My phone has been pinging since early this morning, and while I thankfully am not riding the CR today, it seems like a (typical) SNAFU!
The MBTA reports the Red Line is not quite deader than a doorknob, but it's getting there, this time due to a train with "low air pressure" at Kendall/MIT, which we suspect isn't something you can fix with a bicycle air pump.
The Boston City Archives has posted some photos of the aftermath of a crash on July 22, 1928 when a four-car elevated train crashed on a sharp curve at Beach Street and Harrison Avenue, killing two and injuring several others. Read more.
The MBTA reports delays of up to 30 minutes on the SL1, SL2 and SL3 lines due to "a power problem" in the South Boston transitway, you know, where they run via overhead wires, or at least they do when there's no power problem.
With repairs to the destroyed JFK/UMass signal bungalows continuing apace, the MBTA announced today it hopes to restore fully automated signaling between JFK/UMass and Broadway by Aug. 15, which should cut five minutes off the longer Red Line commutes. Read more.