Monday, April 15, 2013
Some T stations in the downtown area have been temporarily suspended.
[UPDATED Monday, April 15, 5:53 p.m.] Regular T services has resumed on the MBTA's Green, Orange and Red lines as of 5:45 p.m., following at least two explosions at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Park Street and Downtown Crossing stations have reopened. MBTA T service in downtown Boston was suspended on several lines this afternoon as emergency crews responded to the scene, according to MBTA.com. The MBTA’s Green Line service between Kenmore and Park Street stations were shut down by around 3:30 p.m., although Green Line service will continued to run between Lechmere and North Station. Both the Green Line's B and C services were temporarily suspended, and the D line was only running from Riverside to Fenway. All Green Line …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Riders on all lines can expect up to 30-minute delays during the evening commute.
Delays that took place on several riders of the MBTA Commuter Rail lines Monday morning will continue Monday evening due to downed Amtrak wires, according to the MBTA. The delays were caused by downed Amtrak power lines in the Forest Hills area Monday morning. The incident affected eight miles of track and the power outage cut out signal systems causing disruptions on several lines, according to an MBTA statement. Passengers on six commuter rail lines and six Amtrak trains experienced delays Monday morning, according to Boston.com. The downed overhead wire on the Amtrak line at the Forest Hills station in Hyde Park reportedly prompted officials to shut down tracks between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., according to MyFoxBoston.com. Riders during …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
According to figures released Wednesday, MBTA ridership increased for the 20th time in 22 months, with specific increases on subway lines.
Despite mid-year fare hikes, people continue to use the MBTA. According to figures released by Beverly Scott, general manager of the MBTA, monthly ridership increased for the 20th time in the last 22 months in November. 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 percent, the statement said…
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The MBTA is looking far and wide for a company to run its commuter rail service.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Before the T shells out billions on a new long-term, commuter-rail-service contract, it’s first spending nearly $3 million on an international search to attract the best applicants, according to the Boston Herald. The T is looking for a company to run its commuter-rail-service operations over the next five to possibly 30 years, as its current, roughly $250 million-per-year contract with the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. (MBCR) expires June 2013. MBCR plans to bid aggressively for the new deal, according to the Huffington Post. The company, which has been in place since 2003, has received some criticism during its tenure, primarily for weather-related delays. However, MBCR officials defended their record in January. Half of the …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
MBTA Transit Police continue investigating the incident.
The person struck by an Amtrak train in Foxborough on Monday has been identified as a Foxborough man. Nicholas Bertozzi, 32, of Foxborough was trespassing when the accident occurred, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said today. The MBTA Transit Police continue investigating the accident, Pesaturo said. The MBTA alerted commuters to the incident at 4:44 p.m. Monday. The alert stated that the incident happened "between Sharon and Mansfield station." However, Pesaturo said today it happened in Foxborough. The accident prompted the MBTA to run shuttle buses from the Sharon station, at 1 Upland Road, during part of the evening commute. Trains to Providence also were delayed or cancelled. Amtrak's Northeast Corridor service from Providence to Route …
Monday, May 14, 2012
The MBTA is in the process of restoring its service.
Amtrak service through Sharon has been restored tonight after an Amtrak train fatally struck a person on the tracks between the Sharon and Mansfield MBTA commuter rail stations. The MBTA is in the process of restoring its service, along the Providence-Stoughton commuter rail line to Boston's South Station. The accident prompted the MBTA to run shuttle buses from the Sharon station, at 1 Upland Road, during part of the evening commute. Trains to Providence also were delayed or cancelled. The MBTA alerted commuters to the incident at 4:44 p.m. "All Providence service will experience significant delays due to a trespasser strike between Sharon and Mansfield station," the alert says. The MBTA Tweeted at about 7 p.m., "Providence Line: Update: …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Find out what's open and what's closed on Patriots' Day.
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Monday, April 16, 2012
As Patriots' Day is a holiday, some establishments in town are closed. Below is a list of what is shut down today and what remains open.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The MBTA faces a budget deficit heading into the next fiscal year which begins July 1.
Foxborough MBTA riders are going to have to reach deeper into their pockets as of July 1. After all of the talk, public hearings, and protests over the past three months, the MBTA Board voted Wednesday afternoon to boost fares 23 percent and cut back service in an attempt to close a projected $161 million deficit in the next fiscal year. Board members approved a plan in a 4-1 vote that would raise most subway fares by 30 cents, bus fares by 25 cents, and commuter rail fares by at least $1.25. Meanwhile, some cuts in service -- mainly involving bus routes, The Ride, and the commuter rail -- were also approved. Many people showed up at today's hearing and were given a chance to talk during a one-hour "public speaking" session before the …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Senator Timilty Votes to Prevent MBTA Expansion
Friday, January 20, 2012
In a spirited debate on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon, the Senate undertook a $130 million appropriations bill which included an amendment to prevent the MBTA from expanding capital projects which operate at a fiscal deficit. Passing by a vote of 31-3, the amendment calls on the MBTA to conduct a cost analysis prior to any rail service expansion and not proceed in the event that the analysis shows the expansion is deemed unprofitable. A copy of the amendment is attached to this article. This amendment comes amid a series of public meetings on proposals for MBTA fare hikes and service cuts, disclosed by the Department of Transportation earlier this month. The MBTA is asking for a 43% increase in fares to address a $161 million …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Joceline Townes of Attleboro was arraigned in Essex Superior Court this week.
An Attleboro woman are facing charges for allegedly selling millions of dollars worth of illegal MBTA tickets, Attorney General Martha Coakley said this week. Joceline Townes, age 41, along with Alex Saunders, 28 of Beverley were arraigned in Essex Superior Court, each on one count of Receiving Stolen Property over $250, and each on one count of Conspiracy to Commit Receiving Stolen Property. Saunders and Townes each entered pleas of not guilty and were released on personal recognizance. According to MBTA.com, Townes and Saunders began selling the tickets in November 2007. They will appear in court for a pre-trial on Feb. 24. A third defendant in this case, Susan Gillis, 46, of Foxboro, who was also indicted on November 16 on charges of …