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.
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 the rattler out to the airport if I could.
The rattler! I didn't know anybody still called the subway that!
The Globe interviews the person who held that poor woman's hand as she died at State Street station.
The Globe reports the elderly woman fell around 10 a.m., part of her clothing got caught in the escalator and she wound up dying. However, officials are investigating whether she had a heart attack before her fall.
Fabulously Out There is amazed at what was tied up outside an East Boston T stop the other day.
A plainclothes transit detective put the pinch on a Beverly man after he allegedly put the moves on her on the Blue Line this morning, the MBTA says.
Jeffrey David Nichols, 51, was charged with indecent assault and battery for the rush-hour incident in East Boston around 8:45 a.m., T spokesman Joe Pesaturo says, adding the Transit Police anti-grope unit had been monitoring the Blue Line after a passenger complained about groping. Nichols was actually arrested at State Street station.
Nichols is scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court.
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!