By - 4/14/15 - 11:58 am
Spitty lady

Transit Police report they are looking for a woman they say spit on a 41 bus driver and hit him with something around 5:30 p.m. on April 1 near the intersection of Columbia Road and Annabel Street in Dorchester.

She's described as black, with red highlights in her hair, wearing a pink North Face jacket, black leggings and white sneakers. A Transit Police spokesman said the woman was not disputing a fare or anything like that, she was just being "aggressive."

By - 4/2/15 - 1:36 pm
Cambridge thief

Transit Police report this guy stood next to somebody in a wheelchair on a Route 1 bus around 3 p.m. on March 23 as it approached Mass. Ave. and Sydney Street, grabbed stuff from the wheelchair, then ran out the door when the bus stopped.

WBZ reports he took the wheelchair user's purse, containing food stamps and cash.

He's described as Hispanic and about 5'4".

By - 3/12/15 - 9:21 am

Updated with arraignment info.

A Boston Municipal Court judge issued an arrest warrant today for Homer Henderson, 52, of Roxbury, when he failed to show up to face a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - his spit - in an incident on a 1 bus at Mass. Ave. and Washington Street on Dec. 20, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 2/19/15 - 9:32 am
Running for the 55 bus

Seems the driver of a 55 bus couldn't get down a particularly narrowed Fenway street this morning, so he went down another one. And, of course, as Najah shows us, nobody told the people waiting for the bus at Jersey and Queensberry, forcing them to run to Jersey and Boylston to try to catch the bus, literally.

By - 2/16/15 - 5:03 pm

UPDATE: MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said this afternoon the authority will seek federal disaster aid and that it could be 30 days - yes, 30 - before the T is fully operational again, but only if we don't have another blizzard.

By - 2/5/15 - 9:05 am

Seems people are continuing to park across from the train station, even though the city never cleared the road to the curb, narrowing the road to one lane and creating backups that now extend down to Roslindale.

The Clumsy Jeweler reported around 9 a.m. on her efforts to get a bus to the train station this morning:

5 full 32's passed since 7:45. Finally got on one. Driver says it will be an hour to Forest Hills.

By - 1/30/15 - 8:37 am

Still narrowed lanes, trash pickups and school buses are all combining to bring a bit of downtown gridlock to this more suburban neighborhood. ColdSummer reports:

Traffic is so bad on Hyde Park Avenue MBTA bus riders are getting off and walking 3-4 blocks to Forest Hills Station.

By - 1/8/15 - 1:31 pm

Clayton Harper has been taking a detailed look at what happens when the Casey Overpass comes down to make way for surface roads. Forest Hills station will be getting a lot of changes as part of the project - many related to the busways.

By - 1/7/15 - 2:43 pm

Transit Police report they are hunting a man they say spat on a 33 bus driver in October, then threatened the driver's life two months later at the same spot on the Mattapan/Hyde Park line when the driver wouldn't let him on the bus.

According to police, the spitting happened around 2:50 p.m. on Oct. 21 on River Street at George Street. Around 1:45 p.m. on Dec. 18, the driver pulled up to a stop at the same location and opened the bus door, when he realized the guy about to board was the same guy who spit on him, police say:

By - 1/5/15 - 9:49 am

The Amateur Planner fulminates a bit on how the 34E bus between Forest Hills and Walpole has to go on a lengthy expedition through the driving morass that is the Dedham Mall; wonders why it doesn't just drop off/pick up passengers on Washington Street at the mall entrance:

The loop-the-loop to access the mall unnecessarily lengthens the route, costs the T money, costs passengers time, and subsidizes private development, all to service the front door of an auto-centered development.

By - 12/23/14 - 8:33 am

Boston Metro reports on an incident involving a Route1 driver and an unruly passenger on Mass. Ave. near Washington Street on Saturday.

By - 12/4/14 - 7:42 pm
Car in Harvard Square busway

Around 4:40 p.m., Ben Johnson entered the upper busway at Harvard Square T stop to this scene.

New York driver winds up on the North Point Park pedestrian bridge.

By - 11/28/14 - 11:39 am

The T says its trains, buses and ferries carried 37.3 million passengers last month, the first time the system has ever carried more than 37 million people in a single month.

The Green Line and buses did show small drops in ridership, however.

On a typical weekday in October of this year, an average of 1.377 million passenger trips were made throughout the MBTA system. For Fiscal Year 2015, which began the same day the fare increase took effect, MBTA ridership is outpacing Fiscal Year 2014 at a growth rate of 1.2%.

By - 11/21/14 - 9:41 am

Transit Police report having to get a masturbating man off a 1 bus yesterday afternoon after he refused requests from other passengers to knock it off.

According to police, officers arrived at the stopped but as Tremont Street and Mass. Ave. around 4:10 p.m.:

By - 11/13/14 - 12:09 pm

Transit Police report they are looking for a man on a moped they say pointed an apparent gun at the driver of a 41 bus at Dudley Street and Blue Hill Avenue the afternoon of Oct. 30.

By - 11/5/14 - 3:03 pm
MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott in new hybrid bus

Scott tries out the driver's seat.

MBTA officials today showed off the first of 60 diesel-hybrid buses that they say will save money on fuel - and give T police real-time surveillance of bus riders.

Around 11:30 a.m., T General Manager Beverly Scott arrived at Haymarket station, where the bus - which still had that new-bus smell - awaited her inspection. She glowingly looked at the new seats - some configured for single riders - declared she loves buses and tried out the driver's seat.

By - 10/30/14 - 3:20 pm

Off the Dot was on a 41 bus shortly before 3 p.m. today when the driver had to avoid hitting some guy on a motorcycle near Dudley and W. Cottage streets:

Guy spat at driver's window, followed bus and pulled a gun on driver.

By - 10/29/14 - 7:47 am
Dead bus on South Huntington Avenue

The dead bus. Photo by Tyler.

Just ask anybody who tried getting to the medical area via South Huntington Avenue this morning, thanks to a 38 bus whose poor little heart just plum gave out just before Huntington around 7:20 or so, close enough to the trolley tracks to box in a trolley and so jam up the entire inbound side of the road back into JP.

Yes, a 38 - it was one of the buses making a morning run from the hinterlands up to Boston Latin School.

Ed. note: I know this thanks to updates from the kidlet, who abandoned her own stuck 39 bus at Heath Street and fast-walked to school.