An iCal feed of planned service disruptions on MBTA rapid transit.
↑ Copy this iCal URL and add it to your calendar app.
The process for doing this varies wildly, but in the end you’re looking for a
box you can paste a URL into (not something that asks you to upload a file).
Look for words like “feed”, “sync”, or “subscribe”. If you’re stuck, try a web
search for “add ical feed to
<calendar app name>”.
The calendar only shows disruptions on rapid transit lines (Blue, Green, Orange, Red). If you need to know about Commuter Rail or bus disruptions, try T-Alerts.
The calendar only shows disruptions whose “severity” is 5 or greater (on a scale of 0 to 10). This is a balance between over-cluttering the calendar and surfacing useful information, and I’m open to tweaking it.
To create a clean calendar view, TCal rounds time values that are close to a day boundary. This means that e.g. a disruption lasting until “end of service” at 2:30am will appear to end at midnight. Most alerts include an mbta.com URL you can check for the official timing.
Check whether your issue also appears in the alerts on mbta.com. If so, please report it to the MBTA. The calendar is auto-generated from alerts data, and I can’t fix issues that originate there.
Check TCal’s open issues on GitHub to see if your issue has already been reported. If it’s there, I know about it and will respond when I can.
Otherwise, feel free to submit a new issue! (requires a GitHub account)
To easily inspect the iCal output in a browser, replace
the URL and the calendar will be served as text.
The ideal version of the calendar uses
RDATE;VALUE=PERIOD to express
each disruption as a single recurring event. Unfortunately many calendar apps
don’t support this part of the iCal standard, so unless TCal knows that yours
does, it defaults to “compat mode”, where each time-block of a disruption is a
You can override the auto-detection by adding
to the end of the URL, which will force compat mode on or off respectively. If
you find your calendar app works fine without compat mode and it’s not already
on the Nice List below, please do file an issue to have it added!
I’m Cora, a software engineer on the MBTA’s Customer Technology team. I created this project in my spare time using our public data and APIs, partly as an exercise in learning Crystal and partly to bring more clarity to the MBTA’s numerous shuttle diversions.