Mike Miccoli reported from Government Center at the height of one of the afternoon's storms:
Turnstiles at Govt Center aren't working. Of course, there are millions of tourists confused. Now I know what hell looks like.
Line to get into Govt Center is backed up into the rain. Of course, there's only one frantic employee trying to manually open each one.
Thankfully a... Read more
Sure, there were hot trains and stinky people on the Red Line, and no doubt some Blue Line cars had the AC cranked up too high, but for sheer misery, nothing beat the Green and Orange Lines this evening: Dead trains, one rider who wanted to be dead and wandered onto the tracks, Red Sox fans, that single-door policy above ground and, oh, yeah, stations... Read more
Rob Grover reports an incident on a Green Line trolley at Park Street last night that makes you wonder - again - how well T workers keep up with their own written policies, in this case the one that says passengers can take pictures. In a series of tweets, he writes:
3838 at Park St. at 9pm, the motorwoman flashed interior lights on... Read more
Boston Fare Strike is planning some fare evasion starting at 6 p.m. today at Park Street. The goal is to protest the recent fare increases, natch.
Bring an instrument or a noise maker and be ready to celebrate Fare Free Friday!
Mats Tolander reports on (and photographs) an incident on Comm. Ave. by BU's Warren Towers yesterday that ended with an MBTA cop spraying a belligerent guy in the face with pepper spray and cuffing him.
News item: MBTA may sell station names - and one of the first of the new stations could be Emerson Boylston.
Emerson Boylston knew what they say: Gentlemen never drink before 11 a.m. or east of Tremont.
Boylston was no gentleman. As he sat in his office on the wrong side of Tremont, he was pouring his second shot of the morning when his... Read more
Yesterday at Park Street (start around 1:25 to see the fare-evasion action). Didn't appear to be any CSAs or transit cops to make a stand against the roughly 50 Occupy MBTA protesters.
Ari Rizzitano explains:
When headed north on the Green Line, waiting for a Lechmere train is like waiting for the skinny Tetris block.
Our roving UHub photographer assures us that's Mike Dukakis getting onto a crowded Green Line trolley at Longwood this morning - just like he used to do when he was governor.... Read more
Joe Pesaturo at the MBTA reports:
At 12:17 p.m. today, an intoxicated man stumbled and fell beneath a Green Line trolley that had just made a stop at Haymarket Station. Preventing a tragedy, customers on the platform alerted the trolley operator of the situation before the train started to move. The MBTA would like to express... Read more
If you guessed Friday afternoon rush hour, you win! Unlike the people now stuck waiting for shuttle buses to get them around the downed wire at Newton Centre, who lose.
The MBTA said April ridership was up 4.4% over April of last year, and that bus ridership topped 400,000 weekday rides for the first time ever. Officials credited the widespread use of smart-phone apps that let riders know when the next bus is coming, along with an inproving economy.
Green Line ridership led the subway lines with an 8.2% ridership increase.
T officials have factored... Read more
Around 8:20 a.m., an inbound Kat Powers reported:
On a D Line train in Newton delayed by a turtle on the track. Driver has announced she can't move the train because the turtle will die. Waiting for an official to move the turtle.
A few minutes later, she reported two MBTA officials arrived to try to move the recalcitrant reptile.
Action-news reporter Steve Annear... Read more
Updated with new information from the DA's office.
An economics consultant from Maryland was arraigned today on charges of indecent assault and battery for an incident on the Green Line near Kenmore Square in 2004, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Prosecutors charge Timothy Day spurted on a woman's pants... Read more
Robinite reports the two vehicles collided pretty much on top of the Green Line at Comm. Ave. and Allston Street around 9:30 p.m. That shut the inbound tracks; arriving emergency vehicles shut the outbound tracks as well.
Ed. question: Is that intersection cursed, or what?
The MBTA reports it will be running buses between Blandford and Babcock streets on the B line on Saturday to allow for track work near the BU Bridge.
City Councilor Mike Ross says riders on the E line between Brigham Circle and Heath Street shouldn't have to worry about getting flattened by crazed Massholes who ignore the "STOP" painted on the sides of open trolley doors.
Ross, who lives on Mission Hill, is seeking legislation to let the T install cameras on trolleys that share the road with motorists in that stretch to... Read more
Police, however, did not buy his story any more than the woman who followed him off the train and held him until the law arrived after she got a glimpse of his junk.
Michael Galvin, 37, of Somerville, was arrested on a charge of open and gross lewdness for an incident on an... Read more