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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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.
I... Read more
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... Read more
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.
Lewis Forman predicts some; wonders what you'd come up with:
Maverick Station (Blue Line) closed due to kayaking race through tunnel to Aquarium Stop.
You can't make this stuff up. The Herald reports:
Top MBTA officials acknowledge that for years the agency has been secretly cutting thousands of bus and train trips from published schedules to lower costs - a practice that has left legions of customers waiting for rides that arrived late or not at all.
Dan Grabauskas says he started trying to change the practice when... Read more
The Accidental Fiddler reports on a woman with issues at the Government Center T stop:
A middle-aged woman in a powder-blue Red Sox cap pulled down over her eyes was going around fake sneezing and saying "I'm allergic to evil!" ...
Third Decade reports spotting three guys playing craps - and a fourth acting as a lookout - at the State Street T stop today:
... At first I thought the location was a little weird (a dark, dirty, stairway at State), then it kind of hit me that they were playing craps. I didn't know people still played that.
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