Channel 7 tweets a man was stabbed several times around 6:30 p.m. on a bus on Tremont Street at Ruggles Street - a photo the station posted shows the bus stopped in front of Boston Police headquarters. The victim is expected to survive.
so the tweet is not correct. Any idea what route he was actually riding?
But the MBTA does have a bus numbered 0696, at that spot, it could have been a Route 15, 22, 23, 28, 44, or 45. Bus 0696 has cameras.
English is pesky that way. English tightly constrained by character count is even peskier.
"#696 bus" vs. "bus #0696." The first is pretty unambiguous and signifies "a bus on the route designated 696." The second is not ambiguous, clearly meaning "a bus designated 0696."
Then there is fact that the leading zeros are significant to almost all transportation rolling stock; 0696 is not the same as 696.
So, Ron Newman is right to have questioned the reporter's knowledge of MBTA bus routes and thus the report's accuracy. And, the reporter loses points for poor style.
A 45yo man stabbed multiple times on #696 bus, around 630p, Tremont St at Ruggles St. Non-life-threatening
would have been better written
A 45yo man stabbed multiple times on bus #0696, around 630p, Tremont St at Ruggles St. Non-life-threatening
In the twitpic, the bus (0696) is signed up 23 Ashmont.
MBTA Transit Police have just released a wanted poster.