Ed. note: I originally linked to a story that made it sound like the state wanted to ditch Keolis.
The Globe reports that should Charlie Baker run for re-election and win, the state won't extend Keolis's contract past its current 2022 expiration date. But officials say that doesn't mean Keolis can't rebid to keep running commuter rail, just that the state would want to hear other bids as well.
Transit Police report the fatality occurred around 1:20 p.m. at a Middleboro Line crossing at Union and Water streets in Holbrook, where gates were down for an inbound train.
Tries to beat signal, then stops - fouling tracks. At least they had the sense (and the room) to back clear. BTW - pavement was wet but clear.
Albion Street, Wakefield @ 8:04 AM
UPDATE: The Animal Rescue League came to take the hawk for evaluation and rehab.
Around 12:20 p.m., Matt Fede reported this apparently injured hawk was sitting outside Back Bay station, on the Dartmouth Street side, as police stood by awaiting somebody who could take care of it.
Maybe it's the one that flew into the station yesterday?
An exhausted outbound Fairmount Line bought the farm just before Fairmount station and now the T says there are delays of 30 to 40 minutes, which is roughly twice as long as it would take the average adult to just get out and walk from Fairmount to the end of the line at Readville (yes, of course, unlike every other line, the Fairmount Line is not named for the last stop).
What a strange tern of events: A hawk flew into Back Bay station this morning. Transit Police are keeping an eagle eye on it until the Animal Rescue League can come and get it out. On last report, it was perching on one of the wooden rafters at the top of the station; hopefully, it won't be overcome by diesel fumes.
Transit Police report a man, about 30, was on the Northeast Corridor tracks near 700 S. Main St. around 10 p.m. when he was hit by an outbound commuter-rail train.
Police say foul play is not suspected.
The MBTA today announced that a long planned upgrade to Ruggles station should get underway next year. In addition to a new 800-foot long commuter-rail platform that will let more trains stop at the station, the T is also planning an overhaul of the lower busway, replacement of four elevators and the addition of a fifth and expanded pedestrian canopies at either end of the station. Read more.
Around 8 a.m., Adam Kessel boarded an inbound Needham Line train only to find (again):
Bodies packed tight, including in vestibules between cars. Unsafe, uncomfortable. Illegal?
A few minutes later, he checked in from Ruggles:
Train just left Ruggles with dozens unable to deboard, trapped on train. No one around to hear shouts.
A man who likes to carry a brick is scheduled for arraignment today on charges he beat a man at North Station - and tried to push him on the commuter-rail tracks - after finding out the victim was from Mexico, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The T reports it's trying to get the stuck switch unstuck so the train that Sam Sam was waiting for, the one just sitting there just before the Fairmount stop, can get moving again.
Deb Beatty Mel had some time to study one of the massive ventilation fans being installed at Forest Hills as the T's contractors work to build a new Orange Line/commuter rail entrance on the other side of the tunnel under the impending revamped Arborway.
Somebody parked their formerly expensive car just a little too close to the tracks at the Needham Heights station this morning and a Needham Line train took exception and flipped that puppy upside down. One train was canceled and others were delayed, although things were mostly back on track by 8:20 a.m. or so.
Transit Police report arresting Derrek Toussaint, 29, on a charge of open and gross lewdness around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, after another man came out of the men's room at the Back Bay T stop to report Toussaint was masturbating there.
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