From Sept. 3, 2016 through December, only one of Forest Hills' two platforms will be in use.

One of Forest Hills Platforms to Close Through December

UPDATE: The T explains that it has a plan so that during rush hour it can keep to the regular Orange Line schedule. ~~~~~

Fellow Orange Line riders, get ready for some additional chaos in your favorite subway line. The T will be shutting down one of the two platforms at Forest Hills soon as part of the Casey Arborway Project. Here's the laconic announcement posted by the T:
All train service will board on the southbound platform at Forest Hills beginning Saturday, Sept. 3, and continuing through December 2016, due to the Casey Overpass Project.

Bus replacement Aug. 13-14

Bus Replacement on Orange Line Again This Weekend

Another weekend, another Orange Line hassle. On Saturday and Sunday, buses will replace trains between Jackson and Back Bay. It's bus service all day and night, both weekend days. Plan accordingly! The T says it's to do work so the Orange Line works this winter.

Leak control at Forest Hills Station on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

Government Center Isn’t the Only Leaky Station

The T's big embarrassment of the week has been the leaks at newly renovated Government Center.  There's a much more minor leak at Forest Hills. At the Jamaica Plain station, T personnel have deployed what looks like plastic trash bags to catch a leak down a support column next to the turnstiles.  Seems like a good interim fix, since it's keeping the water off the main floor.


T Beefs Up Inspections in Wake of Orange Line Evacuation

An incident Tuesday night in which a long metal panel fell off a Forest Hills-bound Orange Line train, producing acrid smoke and leading passengers to push out windows to escape, has prompted T officials to add new inspections to the regular maintenance of the aging fleet. The general manager of the system, Frank DePaola, released a statement on Wednesday describing in detail what happened Tuesday at State Street Station and what steps the T is taking to ensure passenger safety. The whole thing is worth a read, but here are key points:

The cause of the smoke Tuesday was a 12-inch by 12-foot panel falling off one train. The train ran over the panel, sparking an arc and smoke. A second train also ran over the panel, with similar results.

Evacuation of an Orange Line train at State Street, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016.

Orange Line Train Evacuated

UPDATE: The T will increase safety checks in the wake of the incident. ~~~~~
Passengers knocked out windows to escape an Orange Line train bound for Forest Hills on Tuesday night. The incident took place around 9 p.m., according to reports on social media and Universal Hub. Rider Heather Parker captured extraordinary scenes of the evacuation on the State Street platform. According to UHub, a damaged third rail began smoking and caught fire.


‘A Wasteland to Walk On’ — Residents Envision a Better Washington, Columbus

"Connecting people with places" was the theme of the fourth workshop in the Plan JP/Rox held on Thursday at English High School. Of all the workshops in of the planning process this was most egalitarian; low income or high income, hotel maid or money manager, everyone uses the sidewalks, the streets or some form of transit to get to work, to school and home. It was also the most interactive and personal; over 100 sat around tables and marked on maps how they get around their neighborhood to their special places or how they got to that night's meeting. "Mobility. Getting around.

Emergency crews on Asticou Road on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.

Teen Who Shot Bystanders at Forest Hills Gets 7 Years in Prison

A young man from JP admitted in court Monday that he opened fire at crowded Forest Hills Station, wounding two women. Superior Court Judge Peter Krupp sentenced Reginald Price, now 19, to seven years in prison with five years probation. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of 10 to 15 years. The shootings took place just before 2 p.m. on Jan. 26 as the busy transit hub was filled with commuters.


Help Identify Suspect Who Allegedly Committed Sex Act on Orange Line

The MBTA Transit Police want the public's assistance in identifying a suspect who allegedly committed a sex act on a southbound Orange Line train Oct. 14. 

The suspect is approximately 40 years old and was wearing a blue and white hooded sweatshirt with the letter “O” (with wings) on the front, green pants, a blue ball cap, and brown shoes. The subject allegedly exited the Forest Hills MBTA Station and walked toward the upper busway area after the incident, which happened around 1:25 pm. If you know the whereabouts or identity of this individual please contact the MBTA Criminal Investigations Unit at 617-222-1050. If you would like to assist investigators but wish to remain anonymous, you can always text your tip to 873873 or use the anonymous feature on the MBTA's SeeSay app.

File photo: The upper busway at Forest Hills on Sept. 19, 2015.

Demolition of Bus Canopy to Be Done Around the Clock This Weekend

Workers have removed several canopy panels already and hoe rams were at work Thursday preparing the way for full demolition of the roof over the upper busway at Forest Hills. State officials announced that night work on the project would begin at 1 a.m. Saturday. Work will go on 24-hours-a-day through Monday at 5 a.m.

Officials promise that the loudest jobs in removing the remaining structure would be done during the day. While all this is happening, every bus out Forest Hills Station except for the 39 will leave from the lower busway. Forest Hills is a major hub for buses going to Roslindale, Mattapan, Dedham, West Roxbury and beyond.