buses

By - 2/6/14 - 2:04 pm
Forest Hills bus timer

The new bus countdown signboard. Photo by MBTA.

Around 1 p.m., the MBTA turned on a new electronic signboard at Forest Hills to alert bus riders when their bus is due at the station.

In a statement, T General Manager Beverly Scott says:

I've often said our buses are the work horses of our system, serving more than 375,000 people on a typical weekday. The countdown signs at our busiest bus stops will provide customers with information that will make their public transit experience easier and more convenient.

By - 1/30/14 - 9:09 am

At 8:41 a.m., State Police reported:

RT 90 EB, east of Prudential Tunnel, 2 MBTA buses collide.One driver injured, right lane closed.Traffic delays

In addition to the driver, three passengers were taken to Tufts Medical Center, State Police say. Uninjured passengers were transferred to another bus for the rest of their journey.

The T reports the crash is responsible for minor delays on the 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 553, 554, 556 and 558 routes.

By - 1/26/14 - 2:29 pm

Transit Police report they are investigating what led a 24-year-old from Roxbury to drive into a stopped Route 240 bus around 10:30 a.m. on North Main Street in Randolph.

The car driver was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he died, police say. Nine passengers on the bus were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injures.

The bus and the 2007 Infiniti were towed from the scene, according to police.

By - 1/17/14 - 7:45 am

The MBTA has rejected a proposal to move the "temporary" bus yard to American Legion Highway in favor of a plan to rebuild the current bus yard - and hand over several acres to the city for housing and parkland, the Jamaica Plain Gazette reports.

However, the T has no plans to fund the rebuilding proposal.

By - 1/6/14 - 11:24 am

UPDATE: Arrest made.

Transit Police report they are looking for the guy in red in this video on charges he attacked and robbed a disabled man around 11 p.m. on Saturday in the Andrew busway.

He was accompanied by the woman in the video, police say.

By - 12/21/13 - 12:03 pm
Caruso

Transit Police report that when Thomas Caruso, 55, was told yesterday afternoon that the bus he was trying to board at Maverick was full and he'd have to wait for the next one, he began screaming and then kicked the bus's door, cracking its glass.

By - 12/21/13 - 11:16 am

Take a look at Scott Parkinson's photo of a partially swallowed bus around 4 a.m. at Dorchester Avenue and W. Broadway, where a water main burst.

Adam reports:

This pothole has been patched over 100 times. The bump was a great reminder everyday that I was home in Southie.

By - 12/12/13 - 3:22 pm

Two teens were arraigned today on charges related to a melee last week that started on a 23 bus and ended with a brawl outside Dorchester District Court.

A 16-year-old teen from Roxbury, not named because of her age, was ordered held in lieu of $2,500 bail on three counts of three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 12/12/13 - 9:43 am

Transit Police report they are looking for the guy captured on video swiping an unattended bag - with a laptop inside - from near the McDonald's in the South Station bus terminal around 5:20 p.m. on Dec. 2.

By - 12/10/13 - 10:32 pm

Update: Authorities have identified the victim as Gayle Johnson.

Investigators now believe a Route 110 bus hit a woman crossing Broadway shortly before 7 p.m., then dragged her down the street, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

Evidence developed through the night suggests that an MBTA bus struck the 52-year-old Revere woman who died in the area of 400 Broadway yesterday evening. He did not show signs of impairment; he was subjected to drug and alcohol testing pursuant to MBTA policy, the results of which must be subpoenaed by investigators. The driver, age 56, has not been charged at this time. The investigation remains active.

By - 12/6/13 - 4:52 pm

The scene on Washington. Photo by Cinnamngrl.

A brawl that started on a 23 bus, then spilled onto Washington Street, brought both Boston and Transit police racing to the scene around 4:10 p.m. One person received a minor stab wound to the back of the neck near Dorchester District Court, Transit Police report, adding another person had bleach poured on him.

The stabbing victim was taken to a local hospital; the bleaching victim was treated at the scene by Boston EMTs.

Police shut Washington between Melville and Park as they investigated. At least one person was arrested.

By - 11/21/13 - 10:00 am

Transit Police report arresting Jeffrey Phillips, 29, on a charge of indecent assault and battery for an incident around 5:35 p.m. at the Maverick T stop.

Police say Phillips groped a woman getting on a bus at the station. Even as she reported the incident, Phillips continued boarding - police say officers found him in a seat on the bus.

He's scheduled for arraignment today in East Boston District Court.

Innocent, etc.

By - 11/8/13 - 2:29 pm

Douglas Bergeron, prosecutors say, just couldn't leave well enough alone.

When the Medford man got on a Route 117 bus with a companion on Oct. 13, he tried to pay for both both their fares with his CharlieCard, but it turned out his card didn't have enough stored value. Rather than kicking one of them off, the driver just waved them both on and told them to have a seat, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. And then, the DA's office says:

By - 10/30/13 - 7:47 am
Crooked bus stop in Brookline

Today, we visit Brookline, where a concerned citizen is very annoyed by a new bus shelter on Harvard Street:

The new bus shelter in front of Wlagreens at 99 Harvard St is totally crooked. It is because the sidewalk begins to slope upward there, but that could have been compensated for when installing it. I'm hoping it can be fixed, since it is an eyesore.

By - 10/29/13 - 8:24 am

Boston and Transit Police are investigating a collision around 8 a.m. at Parker and Ruggles streets in which an MBTA bus apparently rear-ended a private car being driven by a Boston police officer.

By - 10/25/13 - 10:40 am
Guy drives into tunnel.

Photo by MBTA.

UPDATE: Transit Police now say the man they arrested was actually William Tilton's brother, James and that James is now in a heap of trouble both for the OUI arrest and for identifying himself as his brother when arrested.

William Tilton, 58, of Wilmington faces an OUI charge today following his arrest by Transit Police in the Silver Line tunnel off D Street early this morning, after his car came to a rather sudden stop, thanks to the barriers designed to deploy to stop people like him, the MBTA rerports.

By - 10/21/13 - 4:35 pm

The MBTA reports Malden Police have arrested Douglas Bergeron, who is charged with causing a chain-reaction collision when he allegedly assaulted a T bus driver in Chelsea last week.

By - 10/18/13 - 9:16 am

Transit Police report they are looking for Douglas Bergeron, 32, for an attack they say led to a T bus crashing into a parked car Sunday night.

When caught, Bergeron will be charged with assault and battery on a public employee and interfering with public transportation. 617-222-1050 is the number to call if you spot him.

By - 10/15/13 - 11:24 am

The Herald reports a Route 10 driver stopped his bus on Mass. Ave. near Victoria's Diner this morning when he noticed what turned out to be a wayward Boston Police SWAT robot just sitting there by the side of the road.

Katia wonders:

Are they now best friends who fight crime together?

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