buses

By - 6/4/13 - 6:48 pm

KerivanA Marblehead man admitted today he head butted an MBTA bus driver at Wonderland last July, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 5/14/13 - 3:34 pm

ContinoTransit Police report arresting a Saugus man after he started choking a bus driver for no good reason they could tell and another passenger had to pull him off.

Police say Franco Contino rode a 426 bus from Haymarket in Boston to Saugus without incident last Wednesday afternoon.

But when the bus stopped on Lincoln Avenue to let passengers off, Contino erupted in fury and began cursing out the driver, Transit Police say:

By - 5/6/13 - 12:55 pm

New ad campaign on the T

The T this week launches a PSA campaign aimed at getting bus riders to leave bus drivers alone. You wouldn't think people would need to be reminded that spitting at drivers is not OK, but recent evidence suggests there are quite a few people out there who think nothing of punching drivers, spitting at them and trying to pull drivers off buses for beatings.

In addition to the bus ads, loudspeakers across the T system will be carrying a message from Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan:

Assaulting an MBTA employee is against the law. Think twice before putting your hands on T staff. We will find you, arrest you and prosecute you.

The T adds it is seeking legislation to increase the penalties for people found guilty of attacking T employees.

By - 4/12/13 - 8:46 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports residents who want to see the Casey Overpass replaced with another overpass instead of surface roads are considering suing to stop the work:

"No one prefers to go that route if there's a reasonable solution,” he told the Gazette this week. "But all our arrows are in our quiver."

At particular issue: The proposed new location of the exit from the Forest Hills busway near Asticou Road.

By - 4/9/13 - 2:09 pm

O'DonnellTransit Police report arresting a Wakefield man on charges he repeatedly punched an MBTA bus driver in the face this morning at Oak Grove after the driver wouldn't let him board because his CharlieCard didn't have enough funds.

Police say the driver, 58, was letting passengers board his Route 131 bus at Oak Grove around 6:50 a.m. when Ryan O'Donnell, 19, stepped into the bus:

O'Donnell tapped his Charlie Card on the fare box which indicated insufficient funds to cover the fare. The bus operator explained this to O'Donnell who became belligerent and demanded to ride for free. The bus operator refused and after withstanding O'Donnell's verbal tirade requested he exit the bus. As O'Donnell was exiting the bus he turned and spat at the bus operator. Subsequent to that a struggle ensued where the victim/T employee was struck with a closed fist multiple times in the face causing injury and severe bleeding from his nose.

O'Donnell is now scheduled for arraignment in Malden District Court on a charge of assault and battery, police say.

Innocent, etc.

By - 4/8/13 - 9:55 am

Drivers this morning were not prepared for yesterday's shutdown of the overpass on the Cambridge side of the BU Bridge - although they'll now have six months to get used to it.

Kathy reports traffic was tied up in knots on the Boston side. Nikki reports from on board a bus:

Driver of the CT2 is freaking out screaming obscenities at other drivers in this INSANE traffic by BU bridge.

By - 3/29/13 - 3:22 pm

Dennis Murphy was driving his Route 110 bus down Elm Street around 6 a.m. yesterday when he noticed a building on fire.

According to Sean Mills, his supervisor at the Charlestown bus yard:

He immediately called dispatch and secured the bus. He then went over to the house on fire and rang all the doorbells to wake everyone inside up. These people did not know the house was on fire. His actions may have saved their lives.

By - 3/20/13 - 6:06 pm

Smush a cab

Keith Richard snapped this photo of the bus he'd been on and a taxi in Kendall Square around 5:45 p.m.:

By - 3/20/13 - 5:31 pm

Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester teen on charges of assault and battery on a public employee and interfering with public transportation because of an incident this afternoon on a 19 bus on Geneva Avenue.

By - 3/15/13 - 6:19 pm

A 15-year-old charged with participating in last weekend's attack on a Route 16 bus driver had bail set today at $1,000, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

The DA's office reports Dorchester District Court Magistrate Michelle Bulger set several other conditions on the Hyde Park girl, not named because of her age: She has to wear a GPS device, follow a 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew and "obey any rules set by her mother."

By - 3/15/13 - 5:31 pm

Transit Police have posted surveillance video showing an irate woman spitting at a bus driver after being ordered off a bus at Ashmont for not paying her fare last Saturday. Police say she was accompanied by two small children - one of whom you can see in her arms as she launches her saliva salvo.

By - 3/14/13 - 12:57 pm

Transit Police report arresting a 15-year-old female from Hyde Park today for the Route 16 attack - no name because of her age. "Transit Police detectives continue to work toward identifying more suspects," a spokesman says, adding she is not the same person who threw her pass at the driver just as 15 to 20 teens were gathering for the attack.

By - 3/14/13 - 8:23 am

Spitter sought

Transit Police report this woman is wanted for spitting at a T bus driver who dared ask her to pay her fare at Ashmont station.

By - 3/14/13 - 7:41 am

The Herald reports that the first person arrested for the MBTA bus-driver beating was turned in by somebody who overheard him talking about the attack - and that among the evidence against him is a tweet the next night about how his hands hurt.

By - 3/10/13 - 12:42 pm

WBZ reports on the attack early Saturday on a Route 16 bus at Columbia Road and Geneva Avenue. Transit Police report:

By - 2/28/13 - 10:01 pm
Courtney Jackson

Updated Friday morning.

A man shot in the stomach around 9:50 p.m. at the Dudley MBTA station was pronounced dead not long after at Boston Medical Center. WBZ reports the man was shot in the station, then stumbled onto a crowded 28 bus.

Friends are identifying him as Will Jack, also known as Courtney Jackson.

By - 2/25/13 - 3:38 pm

Due to inspections that found "structural issues," NECN reports.

Boston Metro reports the state wants federal transportation officials to shut the entire company down until it fixes the problems.

By - 1/18/13 - 7:21 am

Max Grinnell asks:

Policy wonk moment: which T bus route has the most affluent residents? Anybody know?

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