An Illinois man is being held in lieu of a total of $25,000 bail for allegedly treating Orange and Red Line trains as his own personal canvas, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.
Jim Clay Harper, 24, of the well-to-do Chicago suburb of Wilmette, was arraigned today in West Roxbury District Court on two counts of vandalizing property for allegedly spray-painting "ETHER" on trains... Read more
The MBTA reports a disabled Blue Line train at Airport inbound.
At Wood Island, the MBTA reports.
If the state can pay to study extending the Blue Line at one end to Charles/MGH, even though it has no money to actually build the extension, the least it can do is pay to study extending the Blue Line to Lynn at the other end:
... "Careful analysis has shown the tremendous value to commuters and local businesses of extending Blue Line... Read more
Remember this the next time you go through one of the T's bag screenings: Betsy reports that when she got on the Blue Line at Government Center on Friday, she saw an unattended bag under the seat across from her. After years of being barraged with post-9/11 warnings, she reported the bag to the driver. Who proceded to do absolutely nothing. She couldn't stand... Read more
Oh, you know: Stuck train at Harvard. Nothing new. But signal problems at Wood Island on the Blue Line? The Blue Line?
In a city that now officially encourages people to ride bikes to work, there's an entire neighborhood that can't. East Boston residents who work downtown can't use the Tobin or the harbor tunnels and, as Kate Hutchinson discovered, T inspectors are now enforcing a pre-10 a.m. ban on taking bikes on the T:
... I left my house a little later that I... Read more
UPDATE at 9:20 a.m.: Looks like the power is back on and some trains are moving again, but slowly, since the signals aren't working.
9:30 a.m. Joe Pesaturo: "Power is being restored, but all lines are experiencing delays. An investigation into the cause of the outage is underway." T now advising people to not take the T.
From the T web page:
Blue Line service is being diverted due to medical emergency at Revere Beach Station. Substitute bus service will replace regular train service between Wonderland and Orient Heights until further notice. Please allow extra time for your commute. 5/8/2009 10:41 AM
As of 11:50, the bussing is still in effect. No ETA as to when normal service will be resumed.... Read more
Revere Beach was inundated with class-skipping Boston teens on that wicked-hot day last week. One terrified Revere city councilor wants metal detectors at Revere Beach station because "every other teenager who got off the train had a knife or a weapon." How does he know?
Fabulously Out There tweets workers were busy sterilizing trash receptacles at Airport station this morning:
Cool! I was just about to lick one!
Fabulously Out There is puzzled by the cheery 'Bedbugs are Back!' ads on the Blue Line.
Wicked Local Somerville reports the MBTA is looking at connecting the Red and Blue lines at Charles/MGH - and wonders:
Would be nice if they concentrated their money and time on ongoing projects like the Green Line Extension and solving disputes like the placement of the maintenance facility in Inner Belt instead of coming up with additional ones in this economy.... Read more
So there I was, sitting outside the barber shop in Terminal C, today, waiting for my wife. An older gentleman was getting his hair cut. And in a booming voice, he told the barber how much he'd spent in parking today after driving down from Manchester- what with a trip to a hospital off Brookline Avenue, lunch and then the airport. He sighed:
I'd take... Read more