Adams_Umass_Boston wrote:A trolley seems to have caught on fire at Copley.
https://twitter.com/jasonmkaplan/status ... 7077697536
typesix wrote:Some delays today as large crowds headed to anti-President march.
The EGE wrote:As Red Wing said, there's a lot of work that you simply cannot do overnight. The last revenue train leaves downtown after 1am - and sometimes as late as 2am if the last-train connection is delayed - and the first inbound train is in the tunnel before 5:30am the next day. Including transportation time and so on, you have a work hour less than three hours long. You can't pour concrete in three hours, you can't string long sections of cable, you can't replace a switch.
No one at the MBTA likes weekend substitutions - they are disruptive to operations, and the busing is extremely expensive. They don't do them unless they are absolutely necessary. If you're asking Baker's office for an injunction, what you are attempting to do is to prevent the MBTA from performing maintenance work that they cannot do in any other way.
That said, the MBTA does a poor job of managing the bustitutions, as you experienced. There's no debate there. The solution, though, is to improve how bustitutions are performed, not to sacrifice essential trackwork to avoid them.