buses

By - 9/15/14 - 9:53 am
MBTA bus on roadeo course

Photo by MBTA.

Tyrell Sullivan, who drives a Route 73 bus between Harvard and Waverly squares, won the MBTA's annual bus "roadeo" on Sunday in Charlestown.

It's the second time that Sullivan, 29, of South Boston, has bested other T drivers through a course of cones and barrels. Sullivan, shown below, has driven a T bus for almost nine years.

Sullivan
By - 8/12/14 - 5:14 pm

A Franklin man was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence of drugs after he allegedly drove his car right into Route 240 bus in Randolph this morning, Transit Police report.

Transit Police, who released the video of the crash, say 13 of the 34 passengers on the bus were taken to local hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening back and neck injuries after the crash, around 10:40 a.m. on North Main Street.

Stephen Griswold, 30, is scheduled for arraignment tomorrow in Quincy District Court.

By - 8/12/14 - 12:21 pm

Transit Police are investigating a crash shortly after 10:30 a.m. that sent a man to the hospital.

A T spokesman says:

A man crossed in front of a Route 15 bus near Dudley and Albion Streets. He was transported to Boston Medical center with injuries described as non-life threatening. An investigation is underway.

Jordan Martins, who was on the bus, photographed the point of impact on the bus's front right side.

By - 8/7/14 - 10:00 am

The antiquated Morton Street bridge over the Fairmount Line shuts at 9 a.m. on Friday so the state can replace it with a more modern span.

Officials say the new bridge - pre-built off site - will be moved into place this weekend and that it should be open to traffic by 5 a.m. on Aug. 18.

Due to the work, the 21 and 26 bus routes will be detoured.

More details.

By - 7/10/14 - 1:33 pm

An arbitrator recently ruled that an MBTA bus driver kept telling such dramatically different stories about how her bus came to hit a BTD supervisor and several parked cars in Kenmore Square that the T was within its rights to fire her.

The T fired Lataria Milton not long after the Aug. 9, 2012 incident, in which Milton's bus hit the supervisor and the cars after, police said at the time, the supervisor had told Milton to move it because it was blocking a turn lane in the busy square.

By - 7/4/14 - 12:00 pm
Spitter sought

Transit Police report they're looking for a guy they say decided to spit at a Route 110 bus driver in Everett last month.

Police say the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. on June 11 at Clinton and Chelsea streets.

The saliva sprayer is described as white or Hispanic, between 25 and 30 years and about 5'9".

Tips to 617-222-1050, or anonymously via test to 873873.

By - 6/26/14 - 8:47 am

A South Boston man was arrested at Andrew station around 4 p.m. yesterday after a Route 10 bus arrived and a passenger told police a guy in the back was "sniffing and eating" drugs out of an Altoids tin, Transit Police report.

By - 6/18/14 - 8:21 am

The Carmen's Union says it's not against safety, but that arbitrarily banning mere possession of a phone by T drivers is both a workplace change that requires negotiation and potentially a safety problem on its own.

In a statement, the union says it could go to court to try to block enforcement of the rule without bargaining.

By - 5/25/14 - 12:07 pm

Transit Police report arresting an out-of-towner they say used a hockey stick to threaten the driver of a 39 bus at Forest Hills and prevent riders from boarding around 7:45 p.m. on Friday.

Police continue that John Capehart, 50, of Marlborough did not willingly go with them to the penalty box:

By - 5/22/14 - 4:38 pm

A homeless man was arraigned on a variety of charges this week after he allegedly went nuts on a Route 22 driver who let him ride for free after the fare machine wouldn't accept his dollar bills, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Donnell Flattes, 23, was charged with interfering with a bus driver, indecent assault and battery, possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute, resisting arrest, and two counts each of assault and battery on a public employee and making threats to commit a crime for an incident on a bus on Talbot Avenue in Codman Square around 8 p.m. on Sunday, the DA's office says:

By - 5/21/14 - 7:47 am
Bus on Storrow Drive

Troublewithtribbles shows us Storrow Drive inbound late yesterday afternoon after another bus driver decided he was really driving a car.

The day before:
Storrowing averted in Allston.

Copyright Troublewithtribbles. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 5/20/14 - 12:56 pm

The Globe reports the driver of that ill-fated 57 bus told investigators she was in the middle of a bad sneezing fit when she nearly plunged the vehicle onto the turnpike, but that her story is kinda contradicted by surveillance video from the bus, which apparently shows her with her cell phone in her hand and which is one of the reasons she is now facing criminal charges in Newton District Court.

The following, from the Globe report, is the best sentence any Globe reporter will write this week:

The cause of the crash, she told investigators, was her struggle with her nose.

By - 5/19/14 - 1:07 pm

WHDH reports, adds authorities are looking at whether she was on her cell phone at the time of the crash, which sent eight people, including her, to the hospital.

By - 5/18/14 - 9:02 am
Bus crash in Newton Corner

State Police report the bus crashed through a guardrail and fencing over the westbound turnpike on Washington Street this morning.

There is NO threat of bus falling down onto the Mass Pike as it has been secured by Newton Fire Department.

The westbound onramp to the turnpike is shut as well as the turnpike's right lane due to debris - and the chance more might fall as the bus is removed.

By - 5/15/14 - 9:04 am

It might all be a moot argument, given that the T has committed no money, but Forest Hills residents gathered last night to discuss possibly moving the "temporary" Arborway bus depot to a zoo parking lot turned mulch yard on American Legion Highway in Mattapan, near the Roslindale line.

Jamaica Plain News reports Roslindale residents also attended, wearing "Ask Rozzie" stickers to tell JP what it could do with its bus depot, i.e., not move it next door to them.

By - 5/9/14 - 7:41 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports the city is having to re-bid a project to move a pole yard from the MBTA bus depot in Forest Hills to some land on American Legion Highway because nobody bid on the project initially. A city spokeswoman is quoted as saying this is probably because the DPW doesn't tend to have much call for pole moving and so the sorts of companies that would bid on such a project don't tend to look at DPW ads.

By - 5/6/14 - 2:36 pm
Slide for the Revolution

Ari Ofsevit spotted poor Slyde, the Revolution mascot, waiting for a CT2 bus in Kendall Square this afternoon.

By - 5/6/14 - 1:59 pm
Wanted for thievery

Transit Police report looking for a man they say got off a 429 bus in Lynn Thursday afternoon with more than he got on - specifically, the bus driver's personal belongings.

The bus had a camera to take his pre-arrest mug shot, but if you know who he is, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous text teip to 873873

By - 5/1/14 - 4:24 pm

Scott Sudikoff asks:

What’s the best app for iPhone to track MBTA trains and buses?