Downtown

By - 11/21/14 - 2:39 pm
Joshua's Deli says yell at Beacon Hill if you don't like his price increases

Adam Castiglioni posts a photo of the sign now up in Joshua's Deli on Batterymarch, which says they have no choice but to raise their prices come January, thanks to those meanies up on Beacon Hill.

By - 11/21/14 - 8:51 am

At 8:29 a.m., the MBTA tweeted:

#GreenLine: All branches: Moderate eastbound delays due to power issue.

In response to somebody's query about what exactly "moderate" means when he's been sitting on a trolley that hasn't moved in ten minutes, the T added:

Yes, we describe a "moderate" delay as a major disruption in service.

At 8:54, Andrea reported:

According to my

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By - 11/18/14 - 4:08 pm

What did this emergency kiosk do to deserve this fate?

By - 11/18/14 - 7:45 am

Italian in Boston wonders what the deal is with these floating huts in Boston Harbor.

By - 11/17/14 - 5:46 pm
Silver Line crowding

Packing them in at a Silver Line stop. Photo by Martin Zero.

Problems on the Red and Green lines mean crankytime for evening T commuters. Christie F. gives us a taste:

35 minutes ago my train pulled out of Lechmere. We still haven't reached Haymarket.

Southbound Red Line service has yet to reach standstill proportions, but that's of little solace to people jammed onto platforms who can't even sardine themselves into trains.... Read more

By - 11/17/14 - 2:10 pm

UPDATE: Around 5:15 p.m., somebody called in a bomb threat the the CVS at 942 Hyde Park Ave. in Hyde Park - which was the ninth or tenth drug-store bomb threat of the day. About ten minutes later, a bomb threat was phoned into the CVS on Market Street in Brighton.

Somebody is keeping BPD busy this afternoon by calling in bomb threats to drug... Read more

By - 11/17/14 - 9:55 am

Witts and Snyder.

Two homeless people will be arraigned today on charges they brutally attacked a T worker - even ripping hair out of his scalp - when he tried to usher them out of the Downtown Crossing station early Sunday.

When Transit Police arrived around 3:30 a.m., the inspector was "bleeding profusely" from the nose and had numerous bruises on his face, according to a police report.... Read more

By - 11/14/14 - 2:52 pm

A We Don't Knock sampler, from back in the days when just any idiot could walk right into the JFK Building - assuming their TV cables didn't jam up the revolving door.

By - 11/14/14 - 8:01 am

Associated Press reports Emerson officials are trying to find whoever's scrawling swastikas in campus buildings.

By - 11/12/14 - 3:40 pm

Apparently the Gov. wasn't kidding. Commuter rail has published the pending weekend service on the Fairmount (Purple/Indigo) Line for the first time ever.

Hyde Park to South Station locals have fought for this for years. I'll be on the first Saturday morning, Nov. 29th train and head to the Haymarket.

Basically, it's hourly service and in some ways better than the existing five-day sked.... Read more

By - 11/11/14 - 7:23 pm
Dead Fitchburg train

Changing trains on the tracks. Photo by Billy Lazarro.

Even normally pessimistic Fitchburg Line commuters probably didn't expect this: By 7 p.m., the 5:30 train to Fitchburg train hadn't moved more than a few feet from North Station. As Billy Lazarro explains, passengers finally walked down the track to another train, which also then just sat there.

By - 11/11/14 - 8:28 am

WBUR reports on the ceremony yesterday formally renaming South Station as the Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at South Station.

In addition to riding the Green Line, Dukakis also served on Amtrak's board. And when the BRA, which owned South Station, was about to have the whole thing torn down after years of neglect, Dukakis, as governor, stepped in and blocked the move.... Read more

By - 11/10/14 - 2:40 pm
Big ship in Boston Harbor

Adam Castiglioni watched the Equuleus Leader steaming out of Boston Harbor today.

Heather Parker IDs it as a ship belonging to Nippon Yusen, which ships cars into Boston. More details on the ship, via Gerald Burke.

Earlier:
Another car carrier in the harbor.... Read more

By - 11/10/14 - 9:17 am

Updated with info from the arraignment.

A Brookline cab driver had bail set at $1,000 today on charges he wielded both his fists and his cab as weapons against a bicyclist who had just run into a pedestrian at Tremont and Avery streets Friday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

According to the DA's office, the incident with driver Sam Chandler, 45, began... Read more

By - 11/8/14 - 11:34 am
Leaves on the Common

Leaf pile, anyone? TrueNE_79 took a walk through the Common this morning.

By - 11/8/14 - 9:34 am
Arrested

Transit Police report the man wanted for stealing the phone of a woman who died when hit by a Red Line train Thursday night is in custody this morning.

Transit Police say Josue Gonzalez, 26, of Brockton, turned himself in at their Southampton Street headquarters around 9:30 p.m. yesterday - and that they have the woman's phone.

He is scheduled for arraignment on... Read more

By - 11/7/14 - 3:44 pm

The Globe reports state public-health officials today approved a proposed dispensary at 21 Milk St., which would be the city's first under the 2012 law allowing them.... Read more

By - 11/7/14 - 2:27 pm
Downtown Crossing jerk

Surveillance photo via Transit Police.

UPDATE: Suspect turned self in.

Transit Police say that as a woman lay dying under a Red Line train at Downtown Crossing last night, a guy who watched her jump in front of the train proceeded to steal her phone, which had landed on the platform:

At this time the male depicted within, who we believed observed the incident, walked over to

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By - 11/6/14 - 10:10 pm

Happened around 9:50 p.m.

KidAtlantic reports he was on the train:

Calm and collected from MBTA personnel while evacuating the train at DC. Passengers shocked on platform to learn woman was struck.

Woman on platform upon exiting says she saw another woman standing on the yellow line as the train approached.

Power was shut so firefighters could extricate her body.

The T... Read more

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