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By adamg - 11/23/22 - 3:10 pm
Maserati vs. Green Line trolley

Peter Cheung ran across the aftermath of the outbound B Line crash on Comm. Ave. at the BU Bridge shortly before 3 p.m., involving one of the new Type 9 trolleys and a Maserati with Connecticut plates. Read more.

By adamg - 9/11/22 - 3:25 pm

Update, 9:32 p.m. MBTA says service has resumed, but with delays.

Shortly before 3 p.m. sparks exploded atop a B Line trolley at Park Street. Don't worry, though: No fire - and definitely no shots fired - although the station filled with some light smoke. Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/22 - 11:30 am

The MBTA, which just announced completion of some serious track improvements along the B Line, is now telling riders to brace for trolley-to-trolley transfers and delays because of a broken rail at a switch at Kenmore station. Read more.

By adamg - 6/25/22 - 11:19 pm
Car on Green Line tracks on Commonwealth Avenue at Chestnut Hill Avenue

Ari Ofsevit spotted a car on the B Line tracks and the driver who put it there, on Commonwealth Avenue outbound, just past Chestnut Hill Avenue, tonight.

By adamg - 6/16/22 - 11:43 am

The MBTA said today the B Line will be shut between BC and Kenmore starting Monday "to conduct much needed track upgrades while also installing Green Line Train Protection System equipment across the system."

Shuttle buses will replace trolleys through July 1, the T says. Read more.

By adamg - 3/12/22 - 5:18 pm

The MBTA reports delays of up to 15 minutes on the inbound B Line due to a trolley with "a mechanical problem" at BC, and delays of up to 15 minutes on the Orange Line between Oak Grove and Sullivan, due to a similarly disinclined-to-move train at Wellington. Read more.

By adamg - 3/11/22 - 3:28 pm

Shaving Cream by Benny Bell

The MBTA rolled out some buses to replace C Line trolleys and started telling B Line riders heading to the hinterlands of Brighton to use the 57 bus instead after a "power problem" made the Green Line not run between Copley and Kenmore.

By adamg - 3/2/22 - 9:06 pm
Stuck car at Allston Street

"Find another route home," Izzie advises after realizing why outbound Green Line trains have stopped - a driver somehow wound up plowing into a large block on the side of the outbound tracks, which refused to yield shortly before 9 p.m.

By adamg - 1/20/22 - 9:15 pm

The Heights reports a broken water main at Comm. Ave. and Lake Street disrupted traffic and the Green Line and forced businesses at the B Line terminal to shut down after water flooded their basement.

By adamg - 12/11/21 - 3:54 pm
Two-car crash on the Green Line

Sundaram had a ringside seat to watch the aftermath of a two-car crash right atop the B Line tracks at Strathmore Road shortly before 3 p.m. The crashed caused delays of up to 20 minutes on the line, although the T now reports service is back to normal.

By adamg - 11/15/21 - 9:09 am

Green Line B Branch Station Consolidation Announcement

WBZ reports the end of weekend bus diversions on the B Line as the T this morning opened its new Babcock Street and Amory Street stops, which replace four smaller stops along Commonwealth Avenue. The work finished several months ahead of schedule.

By adamg - 9/21/21 - 10:58 am

Update:WCVB reports the T is moving to fire the driver.

Federal crash investigators today announced the "how" of a July 30 trolley crash on Commonwealth Avenue, but are continuing to investigate the "why:" Read more.

By adamg - 8/2/21 - 9:18 pm
Smashed in trolley

The rear of the hit trolley, the next day, after it had been taken to a T yard. Photo by NTSB.

The National Transportation Safety Board reported today that its initial findings from Friday's B Line crash showed that an outbound trolley traveling at 30 m.p.h. plowed into the back of a trolley going just 10 m.p.h. at Pleasant Street. Read more.

By adamg - 7/31/21 - 12:16 pm

The National Transportation Safety Board announced this morning it "is investigating the July 30, 2021, collision of two Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) light rail trains on MBTA's Green Line near Boston, Massachusetts."

Prediction: The NTSB will issue a report that concludes the MBTA needs to equip the Green Line with a "positive train control system," just like it does after every Green Line collision.

By adamg - 6/20/21 - 11:17 pm
New look of Huntington Avenue with new transit and bike ways in one MBTA rendering

Possible next-gen Huntington Avenue, with transit/bike lanes on either side.

MBTA planners tomorrow will discuss potential new designs for the Green Line along between Brigham Circle and Heath Street and along Commonwealth Avenue with the goal to make the two branches more easily accessible to people with mobility issues. 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 - 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 - 1/29/20 - 9:23 am
Rendering of new Green Line station

Rendering of one of the upgraded stops.

The Daily Free Press reports a contractor is expected to begin work soon to build two new Green Line stations along Commonwealth Avenue that will replace four current stops. Read more.

By adamg - 12/18/19 - 8:50 am
Dead Green Line trolley at Allston Street

At 8:10 a.m., Alice posted this photo of an inbound Green Line trolley just dead in the water - and in the intersection of Allston Street and Commonwealth Avenue, where it blocked traffic. Read more.

By adamg - 12/15/19 - 11:30 pm

The Green Line came to a grinding halt on Comm. Ave. at the BU Bridge tonight when somebody in a Tesla wound up enmeshed with the tracks, KMV reports. No word if the driver claimed to be just following GPS directions or maybe taking care of his dog in the back seat while on autopilot, but whatever the reason, a big ol' tow truck had to be called in to get the expensive doorstop off the tracks.

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