Sunday, May 5, 2013
The line is being diverted due to a wire problem.
The MBTA is diverting Green D Line service in Newton this evening due to a wire problem. Shuttle buses are replacing trains between Riverside and Reservoir, according to MBTA alerts. This includes all D Line stops in Newton (Riverside, Woodland, Waban, Eliot, Newton Highlands, Newton Centre and Chestnut Hill). Customers are encouraged to use C Line service between Kenmore and Reservoir, or use alternate transportation. Newton Patch Facebook | Twitter | Email Updates | Instagram
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A pair of problems on the MBTA snarled the commute for many, leaving some out in the freezing temperatures waiting for trains and shuttle buses.
On the coldest morning of the season so far, hundreds of local commuters were forced to wait outside for bus shuttles after the T shut down Green Line service to Downtown Boston due to smoldering cable wires. Service had resumed by 11 a.m. on Wednesday, soon enough for the afternoon commuters, but not soon enough for those traveling in the morning. On top of the Green Line trouble, commuter rail passengers had to wait in single-digit temperatures Wednesday morning as many Framingham/Worcester commuter rail trains faced delays between 20-45 minutes. As of 11:30 a.m., the P518 (10:50 a.m.) inbound train was still facing 10- to 15-minute delays. TELL US: Were you stranded out in the cold this morning? Stuck waiting for a train or a shuttle …
Firefighters and T workers were able to isolate a smoldering electrical wire in Arlington station. The loss of Green Line service and an unrelated Red Line incident wreaked havoc on the morning commute.
The MBTA restored Green Line service late Wednesday morning after an electrical fire at Arlington station shut down portions of the service. According to the Boston Fire Department, the station was shut down due to smoking electrical wires. "The power had to be shut down to de-energize the smoldering cable. This caused the closing and evacuation of Arlington & Copley," wrote the department on its official Twitter account. The offending cable was identified just before 10 a.m., according to the fire department. The evacuation and shut down affected all Green Line branches. And an unrelated incident on the Red line further complicated the morning commute during one of the coldest days of the year. MBTA Green Line service was running again …
As of 10:55 a.m., all Green Line service has resumed normal operations.
Updated 10:57 a.m. As of 10:55 a.m., all Green Line service has resumed normal operations, according to T Alerts. Arlington Station has also reopened. Posted earlier: [Updated 10:07 a.m.] This morning has not been one of the easiest commutes for those using the MBTA. All Downtown Green Line service is currently suspended as MBTA crews deal with an electrical problem, according to T Alerts. C and D Line trains will terminate at Kenmore and shuttle bus service will operate between Kenmore and the downtown area. The B Line will terminate at Blanford Street, with shuttle bus operating between Blanford and Government Center. The entire E Line is suspended and customers can use the 39 bus for service. For more information on outbound service, …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Beverly Scott was a guest on the WGBH show Wednesday night.
The new MBTA general manager addressed issues of unpredictable subways, lack of late night service and fare hikes on a popular local talk show Wednesday night. MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott was the guest on WGBH news talk show Greater Boston, where she said despite the complaints, T ridership is doing quite well. “The first thing I’ll say is our ridership is up,” she said. “I think that is a real testament to how critical…public transportation is.” “Greater Boston” host Emily Rooney asked Scott about the massive debt the MBTA needs to overcome. The debt is estimated at $9 billion. “You don’t eat an elephant all at one time,” Scott said. “One of the rules of digging is when you find yourself in a hole you’ve got to stop digging the …
The public meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.
Twelve elected officials have agreed to co-sponsor a meeting this month to discuss ways to improve Green Line service and accessibility. The January 17 meeting will include information on possible capital projects that could improve Green Line service, according to a report this week on YourTown Allston-Brighton. Elected officials will also discuss how the the costs of those projects fit into the MBTA's strained budget. Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton) is one of the elected officials sponsoring the meeting, which was initiated by Sen. William Brownsberger (D-Belmont). “Residents of Boston and the inner suburbs rely on the MBTA,” Creem said in a press release posted on Brownsberger's website. “While we struggle to find adequate funding …
Monday, December 31, 2012
The subway lines will run a modified schedule on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
If you're planning to head out to Boston's First Night events later this evening, you can feel free to leave your Charlie Card at home (if it's after 8 p.m.) Free service will be offered across all MBTA lines on New Year's Eve Dec. 31, starting at 8 p.m. More details on the MBTA's New Year's Eve schedule:
Thursday, December 27, 2012
According to figures released Wednesday, MBTA ridership increased for the 20th time in 22 months, but more fare hikes could be on the way.
People continue to use the MBTA despite mid-year fare hikes. According to figures released by Beverly Scott, general manager of the MBTA, monthly ridership increased in November -- the 20th time ridership has increased in the last 22 months. Daily ridership for November increased by 1.3 percent over November 2011, and averaged 1.329 million passenger trips per weekday, according to an accompanying MBTA statement Wednesday. The increase “continued the MBTA’s trend of modest ridership growth despite the fare increase implemented in July,” Scott said in the statement. There was marked growth on the Red, Orange and Blue subway lines, which grew 5.6 percent in November. Originally, MBTA officials projected subway ridership to drop of 5.3 …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
A national organization of state transportation officials awarded the Massachusetts DOT with a high safety honor for highways, but does MBTA need to make the T safer?
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is now nationally recognized for higway safety leadership after receiving an award last week. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has given MassDOT its 2012 Safety Leadership Award for “taking significant action” in reducing highway fatalities an injuries, according to a MassDOT statement. While the organization was recognized for highway safety, its public transportation sector experienced two negative incidents in recent weeks. A Green Line trolley collided with another trolley at Boylston Street Station last week sending passengers flying, and police are still searching for a man who struck a trolley operator at Fenway Station on Sunday. Also on the Green…
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The woman allegedly pulled out a small knife and threatened three men.
A Boston woman was arrested Tuesday night after she allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened several male passengers on a Green D Line train. Madina Clayton, 52, of Boston, was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, Boston.com reported today. According to reports, Clayton was arrested at the Brookline Hills station around 9:45 p.m. after she threatened three men with the knife. Boston.com reported the woman pointed the knife at one man, followed another with the open knife and “haphazardly” swung the knife at a third male passenger. After arresting Clayton, Transit Police discovered she had a warrant issued for her arrest out of Boston Municipal Court for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Boston.com …