Blue Line

By - 12/19/14 - 8:18 am
Rogers

Transit Police report arresting a Lynn man on charges he punched out a cab driver who couldn't understand his drunken rambling and ordered him out of the cab.

According to police, James Rogers, 52, got into the cab at Wonderland station shortly before 11 a.m. on Thursday and:

Began to mumble incoherently. Rogers apparently intoxicated was asked by the victim to repeat the address

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By - 12/5/14 - 8:56 am

It's shuttle buses all the way down to Wonderland this morning as the Blue Line's unique wire issues short out Blue Line service between there and Orient Heights. Michael Kass adds:

Wonderland garage is a complete disaster, cars trying to get in and out.

By - 10/20/14 - 11:34 pm

Jack Newsham asks:

Why do Blue Line tracks have both third rails and overhead power lines?

By - 10/11/14 - 12:20 pm

Transit Police are looking for a white guy in his 50s who used a knife to rob a woman of a gold chain in the Wood Island busway shortly after noon today.

He was wearing sunglasses, a green jacket, blue ball cap and bandana and was last seen heading up Bennington towards Orient Heights.

By - 9/29/14 - 7:39 am

Miniature Buddha watched a dudebro get to a cigarette on the opposite platform at Aquarium last night.

By - 9/26/14 - 11:38 am
Pigeons on the walls at Government Center in Boston

Melissa Obleada shows us part of the mural being painted on the barriers around the Government Center T-station construction site.

Anybody know who's doing the painting?

UPDATE: It's the same guys who did the Nelson Mandela mural in Roxbury, working with Heidi Schork and the Boston Mural crew (H/t Joyce).... Read more

By - 9/3/14 - 4:21 pm
Government Center MBTA station being rebuilt in Boston

DD808 shows us the above-ground progress on rebuilding the Government Center T stop.

By - 8/24/14 - 4:10 pm

The Blue Line is currently experiencing "severe delays" due to "a signal problem at Orient Heights."

By - 8/15/14 - 9:27 am
Cops with big guns at Airport station in East Boston

Passengers allowed back in as cops got ready to leave. Photo by Mary C. Stevens.

A suspicious package at Airport on the Blue Line around 8:50 a.m. quickly brought the bomb squad and officers with high-powered weapons and dogs to the station.

Passengers were evacuated from the station and train service was halted.

Around 9:06 a.m., the package was declared not suspicious. A couple minutes later, riders were allowed back into the station and service resumed.

Kevin Franck ... Read more

By - 8/5/14 - 9:51 am

Wire troubles on the Blue Line mean buses instead of subways between Orient Heights and Wonderland this morning.

By - 6/19/14 - 8:31 pm

Firefighters battling a brush fire off Bennington Street south of Orient Heights asked the T to shut down the Blue Line around 8:20 p.m., because the fire is close enough to the tracks they did not want to have to worry about what might happen should their streams of water hit the overhead electrical lines.

By - 6/10/14 - 5:21 pm

A guy charged with nearly disemboweling a man and slicing up a woman after an argument at the Wonderland Blue Line stop was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 at his arraignment yesterday in a Whidden Hospital room - where he is now being treated for his own chest pains - the Sufffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Matthew DeCosta, 29, is charged with armed... Read more

By - 6/6/14 - 9:45 pm

Police say a man stabbed two people at the Wonderland Blue Line station around 9:30 p.m., then hopped on a Blue Line train. He only got as far as the next stop - Revere Beach - because police had the train stopped there until they could arrive to arrest him.

Transit Police report he stabbed a man and a woman. Both were taken to... Read more

By - 6/4/14 - 8:13 pm

the closure of Government Center station such a secret from the passengers? As I first mentioned some weeks ago (in a reply to another post), announcements about the closure, save for an occasional Green Line operator, are almost non existent. Further, only a handful of the line maps I've observed on Green Line streetcars have not yet been modified with the temporary "CLOSED" stickers over... Read more

By - 5/27/14 - 4:24 pm

Concrete Plaza has daily views of the work to replace the old Government Center T stop, from somebody who works across the street.

By - 5/17/14 - 11:38 pm
Aquarium on the Blue Line

Standing at Aquarium, Matt Lowe shows us what happens when a train dies on the Blue Line, in this case around 8 p.m. outbound.

By - 5/7/14 - 11:15 am
Another Scollay Square tile sign found

The MBTA reports workers gutting Government Center for its two-year renovation have uncovered yet another tiled sign from back in the days when the stop was known as Scollay Square, back when Boston still had a Scollay Square.

By - 4/18/14 - 9:24 am
Trolley at Devonshire Street in Boston

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.

The Boston Street Railway Association posted this photo of one of the old trolleys at Devonshire (late renamed State).... Read more

By - 4/11/14 - 11:51 am

Rachel Paiste asks:

Why are the escalators at Government Center constantly running when the station is closed? Seems like a waste of energy & $$

By - 4/7/14 - 10:46 am
Inside the Government Center station

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

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