Miles reports on today's annual MBTA bus roadeo, held at a T yard in Charlestown.
The Portland Press-Herald reports a Maine state agency trying to make some extra money by refurbishing vehicles seriously underbid a contract to refurbish 32 MBTA articulated buses (the extra long kind you see on the Silver Line) - to the point where Maine might have to absorb the losses if it can't convince the T to pay more for the work. The Press-Herald notes: "Itâ€™s not clear what incentive the Boston-area transit authority would have to pay more for the work."
An MBTA bus broke down on Prospect Street in Central Square this morning. Daniel watched the crew that towed it away.
Jon Landis got a close-up look at the tree that halted service on the 71 trackless trolley outbound at Belmont Street around 8:20 this morning.
The Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a state law and regulation intended to protect consumers from shoddy vehicle repairs applies to corporations as well. Read more.
This was Dani B's 70 bus just after it pulled into Central Square in Waltham around 8:30 a.m. Discretion proved the better part of valor for riders.
JB Parrett shows us the bus stop on Boylston Street at Dartmouth.
The MBTA announced today it's banning hoverboards on T property - all trains, buses, boats and stations - effective immediately.
The T says the things are just too much of a risk and menace, mainly because of their tendency to burst into flames, but also because riders can easily fall off them, tumbling to the ground - or onto train tracks: Read more.
Transit Police charge a man who'd parked in such a way to block an Allston bus stop just could not deal with the fact that forced a bus driver to block him in to let passengers off at the stop, so he went up to the driver's window and punched it hard enough to shatter it, showering the bus driver in glass shards, some of them possibly landing in his eye. Read more.
Use buses on existing routes and tie the service to getting workers to their jobs - especially at Logan - rather than worrying about drunken kids spilling out of clubs at 2 a.m., Ari Ofsevit, Jeremy Mendelson and James Aloisi write in CommonWealth.
Ari Ofsevit introduces us to several bus routes that run only very early in the morning and which aren't really readily identifiable on schedules or anything, unless you look really, really hard.
A North Attleboro man was ordered held on $25,000 bail yesterday on gun charges affter an incident on an MBTA shuttle bus after the St. Patrick's Day parade, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
City councilors want to begin working with the MBTA to see if all the computerized traffic lights the city has been installing could be used to improve bus service. Read more.
Transit Police have released a photo of a guy they say spit at a T bus driver on a 442 bus near Central Square in Lynn shortly before 6 p.m. on Feb. 15.
If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050, or send an anonymous text tip to 873873.
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