Transportation and the T

MBTA Delays Red-Blue Connector, Offers History Lesson

Eighty years ago, trains ran from Maverick to Harvard with no transfers.

Alas, the Red-Blue connector most remain a part of history and not a new reality.

Universal Hub reported yesterday that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will hold hearings Thursday regarding the T’s proposal to shelve the Red Line-Blue Line connector between Charles/MGH and Bowdoin stations. The T has been legally committed since the mid-1980s to extending the Blue Line tracks under Cambridge Street and building a new train platform under the current Charles/MGH station. The project has been delayed for years due to budget constraints, and tomorrow’s hearings are yet another hiccup in the process. But few remember the plan proposes rebuilding just such a track connection that existed in the early 20th century.

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Transportation and the T

Charlie’s MBTA Roots: Cheering Up a Guy Who Never Returned

I don’t remember when I realized that Charlie — the T’s perpetually smiling, fedora-wearing mascot — was more than just a two-dimensional character.

I was reminded on Aug. 21, when the T deployed its absurdly creepy Charlie costume at famous sites across the city, like Fenway Park and the Public Garden. The real story’s a lot more interesting.

It’s one of the great ironies of modern Boston, much more than the uninitiated realize.

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