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By adamg - 7/28/22 - 10:00 am

A train died at Kendall Square, causing delays even after it was hauled away for a proper burial.

By adamg - 7/27/22 - 6:08 pm

The MBTA reports a trolley with an embarrassing door problem at Copley is messing up service on the Green Line. "Trains may be asked to stand by at stations," along with, presumably, their passengers.

By adamg - 7/27/22 - 1:29 pm

This time, the T reports, a train with "a mechanical problem," which, honestly, could be almost anything, gummed up the works at Park Street. Or as Adam's Off Ox puts it:

This. Is. Brutal. Been on the train over an hour coming north from Shawmut.

By adamg - 7/25/22 - 4:25 pm

Transit Police report arresting a 17-year-old they say refused to accept a conductor on a train about to pull out of South Station was only asking his girlfriend where she was heading, not that he was trying to put moves on her. Read more.

By adamg - 7/25/22 - 4:01 pm

A two-car Red Line train came out of the Braintree yard when it wasn't supposed to around 5:30 a.m. and then didn't stop until it got about 800 feet north of the station, the MBTA reports. Read more.

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By adamg - 7/25/22 - 9:47 am

Update: It was another train rolling out of the Braintree yard.

A train suffering an embarrassing "mechanical problem" refused to leave Braintree and that screwed up the commute this morning on the Red Line. Read more.

By adamg - 7/24/22 - 10:13 pm

The MBTA is reporting a deceased Red Line train at Kendall/MIT means delays of up to 20 minutes all up and down the line - in fact, they say trains might just stand by at stations, no doubt with their doors open to let out any cool air they might have.

By adamg - 7/23/22 - 9:59 am

The Green Line started the day with a bit of a "power problem" in the tunnel between Boylston and Park bad enough to have the T bring in shuttle buses between Kenmore and Government Center. What's a "power problem"? Could be anything: A train's pantograph declined to rise, or it did and there were sparks and a short circuit and smoke and stuff or the wires came down or a guy named Johnny pulled out the power cord that feeds the trolleys.

By adamg - 7/22/22 - 11:05 pm

It's not just that the Blue Jays scored 28 runs at Fenway tonight (fans started chanting "Let's go Blue Jays!"), but the T reports an inbound Green Line trolley mistook itself for a Sox player and died at Fenway.

By adamg - 7/22/22 - 9:37 am

At 6:40 a.m., the MBTA tweeted:

Red Line experiencing northbound delays of up to 15 minutes due to a

That was it, that was the whole tweet.

Which, of course, got some people wondering just how to finish that thought: Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/22 - 5:47 pm

A South Boston man faces a charge of indecent assault and battery after he allegedly stuffed his face in a woman's lap on a Red Line train Saturday morning, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/22 - 2:56 pm

WBZ talked to the woman who jumped from the Orange Line bridge over the Mystic River after she got out of the train when its first car began flaming and smoking after a metal panel came lose and created a short circuit with the third rail.

By adamg - 7/21/22 - 1:20 pm

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said today's Orange Line fire was caused by a roughly one-foot-by-six-foot metal strip that separated from the rest of its car and came into contact with the third rail - "sparking smoke and some fire and limited ignition on the underside" of the car. Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/22 - 8:03 am
Orange Line train on fire

As passengers stand on bridge, train keeps smoking. Photo by Jay Bernard.

Update: MBTA says metal strip came loose from train and then into contact with the third rail.

The first car of an older inbound Orange Line train suffered an explosion, then burst into flames on the bridge over the Mystic River just before Assembly this morning, sending panicked riders onto the bridge while the third rail was still live. One rider jumped into the river; came out OK. Read more.

By adamg - 7/20/22 - 8:59 pm

Ginnette reports:

MBTA preacher got on the Red Line and I told him "we are already in hell Sir!"

By adamg - 7/20/22 - 4:09 pm

Transit Police report arresting a woman who turned into a fighty, spitting whirling dervish of chaos Monday night. Read more.

By adamg - 7/19/22 - 11:11 am
Wanted for assault and battery

Surveillance photos via Transit PD.

Transit Police report they will charge this guy with assault and battery and civil-rights violations for an incident at Park Street on July 9, once they find him. Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/22 - 9:35 am

Transit Police report arresting a Somerville man after he allegedly threatened a T bus driver with a five-pound wooden block for not going fast enough for his tastes. Read more.

By adamg - 7/15/22 - 10:40 am
Wanted man

Surveillance photo via Transit PD.

Transit Police report they are looking for a guy they say punched, kicked and head-butted a man into unconsciousness on a platform at the Savin Hill Red Line stop around 7:30 p.m. on July 8. Read more.

By adamg - 7/14/22 - 3:44 pm

CommonWealth Magazine reports on a T update on its responses to those federal directives.

The T says it's hired back three retired dispatchers, but that it takes ten weeks to train new ones, and until the central dispatch center is fully staffed, it can't end the service cuts on the Red, Blue and Orange lines.

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