MBTA police say violent and theft-related crime in the transit system dropped 10% last year, but that non-violent crime, such as public drunkeness and lewdness, vandalism and mouthing off (a.k.a. "simple assault") went up 12%.
In terms of percentages, the Blue Line was the most peaceful line, barely beating out the Green Line. Surprisingly, commuter rail had almost as many violent incidents per 100,000 riders... Read more
Hours of fun for the whole family! Lewis posts the rules:
Make a mental note of all the leaks that you find within your ride to work or play. Tell everyone about them.
Since he made up the game, he goes first, starting with Maverick station in East Boston, where part of the station leaks like a sieve even though it was just renovated,... Read more
Teddy Kokoros marvels on his trip home last night on three subway lines and the 71 bus:
... From Wood Island to Watertown Square in under an hour, not bad, not bad at all. In addition, there was no unexplained idling of the trains, the trains and buses where not overcrowded, there where no passengers smelling like a mixture of beer and urine and... Read more
Jimbo looks forward to the new Blue Line trains, only three years late, but wonders how the Globe could call the Blue Line "among the busiest in the MBTA system, which is only true if by "among the busiest" one means "the fourth busiest - out of four lines."
Right at rush hour, of course.
Evan reports on his attempt to get home last night:
... Coming back on an Orange Line southbound train, customers wanting to take the Blue Line were told that it wasn't running through State, so they had to transfer to a Green train at Haymarket, take that to Govt Center, and then take shuttle bus replacement service for the Blue Line from there. Further... Read more
The MBTA formally announces its new effort to blast your brain with music and ads while you idly wonder why flames are shooting out from under that Red Line train.
Poll: T-Radio: Yay or nay?
T riders without earbuds or headphones will soon have no choice but to listen to T Radio on the Orange and Green Line platforms at North Station, the... Read more
Jimbo wonders if it would be too much to ask to have the city, the turnpike authority and the MBTA coordinate their shutdowns so that they don't all shut down key transportation routes at the same exact time.
Fabulously Out there advises the man standing in front of her for four stops on the Blue Line to put some pants on it.
That's about the only good thing about Sassy's Blue Line ride yesterday:
... A large woman skipped a seat and sat down on my other side, and promptly plopped down her sticky, mop-topped child next to me. The child immediately starts climbing all over the place and bumping into me every time the train lurched. The little urchin smelled so bad I wouldn't have... Read more
Karen O'Grady reports:
Last night I went downstairs to wait for someone from freecycle to come and get some heavy duty cardboard, set of drawers (two sets brand new still in plastic). I noticed a state police car (SPC) out front with it's lights going. As I got closer I noticed another and then another. I went outside to take a look and they... Read more
Jorge photographs a bird's nest at the Suffolk Downs T stop built mainly out of dryer lint:
... It's almost three feet high and two wide. ... Apparently it's not occupied right now but it will be interesting to see who uses it. ...
Well, only at Wellington station on the Orange Line for testing. But see what they look like.
It wasn't just that he had to wait an hour and a half at Aquarium for a train home that got Nathan angrier than he can remember:
... I can understand if there's something that causes a delay. But the trains were still running ... they were just so packed that no one could get on. And they were saving one car on each... Read more
Long, long lines waiting for customer service. Wasn't fixing that at the Registry one of Dan Grabauskas's crowning achievements? Any chance he'll ever get around to replicating that on the T?
These are, of course, the new trains that were promised for 2004 delivery. Charlie on the MBTA reports that the first of the cars are now in a T service center in Wellington to begin testing.
Which explains why Refaris was almost arrested for this photo of a train entering the Aquarium stop.
So much going on on our humble public-transit system these days. Here's a round-up of the latest:
File this under: Can't let the terrorists know how many stars are on our flag: When JS pulls out a Polaroid (Yes, a Polaroid) to take a photo of an American flag under glass at the Airport stop on the Blue Line, a T employee immediately orders... Read more
Bostonia Rantida likes the improvements to the Airport stop but wonders why the T didn't put in automated doors:
... There are just so many people going through there have bags and suitcases, and while, like I said, the gates are an improvement over turnstiles (for this station at least), I still have to shove my way through the unwieldy doors. ...... Read more