Not one, but two Red Line trains groaned and left this plane of existence this morning.
Matt Laskowski captured the scene at Broadway around 9 a.m., reports:
Had to unload train, nearly 30 minutes waiting so far. Scrambling T workers. Doors were closing on passengers as they were exiting over and over.
Earlier, around 7:20 a.m., another inbound (natch) train pushed up some daisies at... Read more
A.P. Blake reminds us that on this day in 1924, the predecessor of the MBTA shut the trolley line between downtown and East Boston for 50 hours to convert it into what we now know as the Blue Line.
Transit Police report charging Alexander Frank, 21, of Framingham, with committing self service while staring at the woman sitting next to him on an inbound D Line trolley around 9:45 a.m. on April 8.
The woman exited at Longwood; Frank did not get off there.
Police say detectives nabbed Frank yesterday at Riverside station. He's scheduled for arraignment today in Newton District Court on... Read more
the MBTA closing Arlington Station all day on
Patriot's Day Marathon Monday? Service alert from the T:
Branches Affected: B, C, D, E
Apr 21: Arlington and Copley Stations will be closed all day due to the Boston Marathon.
Start of day Mon 4/21/14 until end of day Mon 4/21/14
Affected routes:... Read more
Green Line B branch
Green Line C branch
The T plans to install 300 ads on trains and buses to alert riders that, after a brief interlude, upskirting is once again against the law.
In March, the legislature rushed to pass a law against aiming a camera up a woman's skirt after the Supreme Judicial Court ruled the law used to prosecute a man for doing that on the Green Line did... Read more
Mike Moura reports the Peoples United Bank branch at 485 Mass. Ave. in Central Square was held up around 3:15 p.m. by two guys - who then had to deal with an exploding dye pack.
The T stopped one train at Central Square, but after police didn't find any dye-covered people on it, service was allowed to resume.
WHDH reports an MBTA inspector is charged with having sex at Ashmont station while on duty yesterday.
The woman whom he was allegedly inspecting in his T vehicle denied she was a prostitute but allowed as how "she needed money for her hair," WHDH reports.
Mass Transit reports the first of 40 new commuter-rail locomotives is scheduled to pull out of North Station at 10:30 a.m., as part of Train 213 on the Haverhill line.
The locomotives, built in Idaho, will replace locomotives with an average age of 35 to 40 years, providing more reliable service, less pollution and better fuel efficiency.... Read more
Matt Robare asks:
I'm looking for T-accessible, good gin & tonics at reasonable prices. Any ideas?
Check out the listing for this charmer:
The MBTA invites interested parties to bid on the sale of MBTA property, located at 68 Emanuel Street, Revere, Massachusetts. The property for sale consists of a single family residence and the associated approximately 3,500 square feet of land.
A diverse group of residents, commuters, transportation advocates, business owners, and elected officials packed a standing-room only Jackson Mann Community Center last night for the first MassDOT public meeting of the Mass Pike Interchange Improvement Project.
The $260 million project proposes to straighten the Mass Pike between Harvard Ave in Allston and BU's Nickerson Field, remove aging concrete support structures, and... Read more
Rachel Paiste asks:
Why are the escalators at Government Center constantly running when the station is closed? Seems like a waste of energy & $$
Rev. Bruce Wall was on BNN's "Codman Square Update" yesterday and discussed the whole Keolis invoice thing, says a) his name was only on the invoice because he was head of a community group aimed at promoting diversity in commuter-rail hiring but that he had nothing to do with its creation or delivery - that's Eugene Rivers's doing - but that b)
Technically, what the... Read more
Transit Police report that when a woman dropped her wallet on an inbound Red Line train between JFK/UMass and Broadway on March 27, this guy:
Intentionally sat on her wallet to conceal it. The subject fled with the wallet at Broadway MBTA Station.
If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or text an anonymous tip to 873873.... Read more
A concerned citizen complains about the stuff he or she is forever finding on a bench along the 44 bus route on Walnut Avenue in Roxbury:
This time it's a whole roasted chicken. BTW the 44 is so slow I think the chicken was alive when it started waiting.
Adrian Walker has the bizarre story of the $105,000 invoice Eugene Rivers handed an executive at the company the state recently hired to run commuter rail. Bruce Wall allows as how his name is on the invoice even though he says he thought the idea of billing the company for services not rendered a bit odd.... Read more
The T forwards this photo of the spot on the Government Center Green Line platform where the Dunkin' Donuts used to be as workers continue to tear apart the station as part of a two-year overhaul.
Also, the T reports workers uncovered another 100-year-old tile Scollay Under sign on one of the Blue Line platforms:
The goal is to keep it in place, and... Read more