More hot tea on the #MBTA's "Spilling the T" podcast: internal emails confirm that the Governor's office told T staffers to send the new podcast down a memory hole.
WITH MORE DELAYS FOR NEW EQUIPMENT, MBTA PUTS BAND-AIDS ON OLD TRAINS: “Sole-source procurement is not working for the T, it’s costing a lot of money and problems beyond the Red Line.” https://horizonmass.news/2023/11/27/with-more-delays-for-new-equipment-mbta-puts-band-aids-on-old-trains/
#MBTA #PublicTransportation #Boston #News
Whenever I run into the new subway cars, I'm reminded that everything designed by committee in the modern world is the equivalent of being designed by psychopaths. #mbta
Can't wait to see Vernon Lee. Never heard of before, but learned: "his childhood friend, the writer Vernon Lee (whose real name was Violet Paget). Lee liked to dress in masculine clothing. "
It's almost like #nonbinary existed before...
OMG, this article is 💯 on point. I can't find who sent it through my feed--but THANK YOU SO MUCH.
I bet I live in the neighborhood that had the most new public transit in Massachusetts in 30 years. And that was an excruciating and almost failed 30 years. And after that, #MBTA tried to cancel our bus service.
Sierra Club tried to stop our Hydro lines; RFKJr tried to stop our windmills. It's all true.
#RedLine service briefly blew due to dead train at Andrew
#SouthStation train service comes up lame on account of a fiery wall of flame
#MBTA #fire #Boston
The new Arborway garage would let the #MBTA store and recharge 200 new battery-electric buses to serve routes in #JamaicaPlain, Hyde Park, and #Roxbury. It could also free up enough land to build hundreds of new affordable homes, a new grocery store, and other neighborhood services right next to Forest Hills station:
Historic Boylston trolley spray painted again
#MBTA #Boston #graffiti https://www.universalhub.com/2023/historic-boylston-trolley-spray-painted-again
#MBTA crews had set out to fix six slow zones between JFK/UMass and South Station during this weekend's closure. But crews were able to also take advantage of the unencumbered access to fix three more slow zones near Downtown Crossing as well.
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#RedLine riders can feel the wind through their hair again: Nine slow zones eliminated between JFK/UMass and Downtown Crossing
#MBTA #Boston https://www.universalhub.com/2023/red-line-riders-can-feel-wind-through-their-hair
I had business in #Cambridge today.
So, I took the #MBTA Red Line from Alewife to Harvard. The trip took 28 minutes for three stops. Slow zones make cars travel at walking speed. And I might have felt safer walking, too.
The #T is beyond run down, more than embarrassing. It’s dangerous. The cars’ doors don’t work; concrete is crumbling wherever you look. Escalators and elevators? Ha!
Somehow, we’ve managed to exceed the shabbiness one associates with late Soviet-era infrastructure.
Some people just can't leave their work at the office
#Boston #GreenLine #MBTA https://www.universalhub.com/2023/some-people-just-cant-leave-their-work-office
We have a price tag from the #MBTA's capital needs assessment, and it's very big:
MBTA 2019 : most profitable transit system in the US, 75% of cost covered by fares
MBTA 2023 : EVERYTHINGS BROKEN :blobcatnotlikethis2:
Finally – today's #MBTA board meeting includes an agenda item to discuss its "Capital Needs Assessment Inventory" – a document that policymakers have been waiting to see for almost a year now:
Smoke at #Harvard wasn't that dire; T says the train wasn't on fire
We've seen several other examples of how the Healey admin's press office has meddled in the #MBTA's efforts to operate with more transparency, but this one is especially wild...
New at Media Nation: CommonWealth Beacon reports new details on why The Boston Globe fired investigative reporter Andrea Estes — yet questions still remain. #journalism #MaPoli #MBTA https://dankennedy.net/2023/11/12/commonwealth-beacon-reports-new-details-on-andrea-estes-firing-by-the-globe/
Listening to Radio Boston (MBTA unveils plan to eliminate all T slow zones)
<p>MBTA General Manager and CEO Phillip Eng announced a plan Thursday to shut down various parts of the T for a total of 188 days through the next year, with the stated goal of eliminating all slow zones across the system.
#WestVirginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat, has announced he will not run in 2024, making Dems' path to keeping control of the Senate narrower.
Realized in the night that I didn't specify we're talking public transit, here. Not, like, "I gotta get on that 4:10 to Yuma!" but more like, these folks are looking at their #MBTA schedule apps and seeing that the next train or bus is coming 1 min before our closing time, and the next one is 20+ mins later. So they want to leave early.
#RedLine has more snarls due to dead train at Charles
Between the Orange Line not being so slow anymore and the shuttle from Ruggles using the bus lane on Huntington, my JP to Fenway commute via #MBTA today was 10 minutes shorter than last time I did it, 9 months ago. (Still 20 minutes longer than biking)
This morning, the
#MBTA presented its plan for repairing the rest of the system's slow zones with multi-day shutdowns that will affect nearly every piece of the subway system in the coming year:
Some service on the #RedLine ceased when another train wound up deceased
#Quincy #MBTA #Massachusetts https://www.universalhub.com/2023/some-service-red-line-ceased-when-another-train
MBTA has made some sort of call at this point, and I’ve no idea where we’re headed—perhaps another way to the station? #MBTA
Drunk waves gun at bus riders on Columbia Road, only it turned out to be a gun-shaped lighter, police say
#Dorchester #Boston #crime #MBTA https://www.universalhub.com/crime/20231108/drunk-waves-gun-bus-riders-columbia-road-only-it
More pantograph woes are no longer surprising: Parts of the #GreenLine are dead, T is advising #MBTA https://www.universalhub.com/2023/point-its-not-even-stunning-parts-green-line-stop
Man clad in Harvard gear sought for exposing himself at Porter Square and kicking somebody who objected
#MBTA #CambridgeMA https://www.universalhub.com/2023/man-clad-harvard-gear-sought-exposing-himself
Police hunt pair of alleged douchnozzles for troublemaking on trolley near #SomervilleMA T stop #MBTA https://www.universalhub.com/2023/police-hunt-pair-alleged-douchnozzles