I saw an amazing sight while driving down 95 South, near Burlington. Coming down 95 North was a Blue Line subway car! It took me a minute to realize that it was being hauled by a truck. Who knew that the blue line cars would ever appear on route 95?
September marked the ninth straight month that ridership on the T was higher than the same month a year earlier, according to the T's Joe Pesaturo, who adds that September's overall numbers were the highest in the ten years for which the T has records (well, except for the Green Line, which actually saw a slight dip in ridership in September compared to the year before - Ed note: Thanks for spotting that, David!).
It'll be interesting to see what effect the increases in parking fees at T stations will have.
Eeka composes lyrics for commuters on every single subway line.
Michaela reports that on a Blue Line ride from Maverick to Government Center yesterday afternoon, not only did the conductor not pick up the phone, he or she left the PA on so all the passengers could enjoy the ringing, too:
What's the deal, MBTA? Why didn't anyone pick up a phone that was ringing in the conductor's cab? So annoying. I'm actually pretty intrigued no matter how annoying it was. Who was on the other line? Who called the train?
Lewis Forman is not a happy Blue Line camper this week. He recounts a 25-minute wait for a train during rush hour this morning - which follows a 20-minute wait on Wednesday and a 14-minute wait on Monday:
The T announced today it's adding more cars to the three lines during rush hours - and making some service enhancements to some bus lines - starting this week.
The news comes as the T also announces continued record ridership: The T carried 34.7 million passengers in July, compared to 31.4 million the previous July.
The biggest jump will occur on the Blue Line - which saw a 25% jump in ridership - where six-car trains will begin regular rush-hour service the week of Sept. 15 (although they will not initially replace all of the four-car trains).
There's a fire at Government Center T station.
It was repoerted @ 10am, but they're still announcing it now, without any details.
Fabulously Out There reports on a perv rubbing up against her on the Blue Line:
... My suggestion for you: Go to the store. Get yourself a nice Penthouse magazine and your almost used up jar of Vaseline and some tissues and, you know, take care of business at home, because next time, this German might actually SAY something to you, and trust me, there is a lot cursing depth in this blond head. ...
Wonderland, Wood Island, Revere Beach and Beachmont, with staggered closings starting June 21 with Wonderland. Shuttle-bus service during the closings.
The Lone Rider reports the second new train has gone into service on the Blue Line - and provides updates on train painting/refurbishing on the other lines.
Meanwhile, Joey, new to the US, reports on a fun day at Revere Beach today - which ended at the Blue Line station where she watched a guy beat up a cop and two strangers jump onto the tracks to pull up a drunk guy who'd fallen there:
... I thought that was so brave! Luckily there was no train approaching otherwise it could have ended in a nightmare...what a day!
Hilarity ensues when the power goes out and the substitute buses are routed to South Station:
... Another thing about the Silver Line is that all of the T employees were yelling at people not to board them when they arrived. This is pretty strange, considering the Airport station is not on its usual route. So apparently the MBTA were re-routing Silver-Line buses with the sole intention of taunting everyone late for work stuck in a huge crowd. ...
It's the feel-good Blue Line story of the day, featuring some thug wannabe sprawled across two seats, an old white-haired man who gets on the train and a blogger who reaches her limit.
One of these days, alarms will start blaring at a T stop and people will actually pay attention. But not today, and not at Downtown Crossing, Jenny Frazier reports:
... It took me my entire walk up to the Orange Line to realize that not a single person, including myself, batted an eyelash at the heinously loud alarms. Instead we all just continued on our merry Bostonian way. ...
Yes, it's another episode of "Compare a busy, decaying Blue Line stop to the stunning, rarely used Courthouse stop on the Silver Line." Today's contestant: Fabulously Out There, who reports from the decaying steps leading from the Blue Line to the Orange Line at historic State Street station:
... There is a woman sitting on the stairs and a MBTA dude standing in front of her.
My immediate thought? A drunk? This early. Jesus christ. Then I noticed her business attire clothing and while I am walking down the stairs I am noticing several chunks of one of them crumbled on the floor.......then I pass the lady and she's in tears holding her ankle talking on her cell phone while the MBTA guy talks on his walkie-talkie. ...
Maverick vs. Courthouse.
To maintain their blood pressure, regular users of the Blue Line's Maverick station should probably avoid the Silver Line's beautiful, little used Courthouse station:
... The Maverick Station in East Boston that has a thousand times more use and serves the local public on a daily basis, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Now it has apparently been put on the back burner as the under funded, poor quality of materials and lack of oversight and caring of our local publicly elected officials should be in the spotlight. ...
Fabulously Out There reports she loves the Blue Line driver who looks like Santa, and that anybody who gets on the one new train (you know the one) with a nice hot cup of coffee had best not be drinking it when the train comes into a station:
... Apparently it's an impossibility to bring that train to a somewhat gentle halt.
Boston Police report arresting a pair of East Boston teens on charges they tried to slice a guy up at the Government Center T stop around 4:20 p.m. today.
The victim, in his late teens or early 20s, was slashed in the arm, but is expected to survive.
Police charged Juan Chavez, 18, of East Boston, with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and affray. Another teen, 15, was charged with disturbing the peace and affray. Both will be arraigned Friday in Boston Municipal Court.
Statistics from the American Public Transportation Association show that while the use of public transit in the U.S. increased 2.1% last year, it decreased 2.9% in the region served by the MBTA. The change in subway usage was particularly striking: Down 7.8% here, compared with a 3.1% increase in other US cities with subways.