SC McKinley writes the MBTA to complain about all the broken doors on what is now the T's oldest fleet of trains. What's merely an inconvenience for most of us means serious issues for people in wheelchairs (and remember: All Orange Line stops are allegedly handicap accessible, at least, as long as the elevators are working) and for parents with strollers. Here's her letter:
Sullivan's the guy who wrestled an Orange Line mugger to the steps of an escalator at New England Medical Center. He talks to the Bulletin about the incident.
The Herald breathlessly reports on an incident at the Forest Hills T stop on Wednesday:
Scores of Metro readers were stunned when they picked up the free newspaper the other morning and discovered a frightening front page splashed with anti-Israel rantings.
Why no pictures of either the frightening front page (come on, we're Herald readers, we can take it!) or of stunned Metro readers lying prostrate at the bottom of the escalators like pigeons just given electric shocks?
This evening I boarded the Orange Line at State Street for my usual trip back home to JP. Immediately I was greeted by a powerful odor, emanating from a guy who was sitting there with what looked like all his worldly belongings. A few stops later, onto the train came another fellow, obviously mentally ill, who spent the trip mumbling and cursing to himself.
Please don't get me wrong: I'm not blaming these poor folks for using the T to have a halfway comfortable place to spend a cold evening. And believe me, having lived in NYC for 12 years, I've seen a lot on a subway.
Actually, it was a man in a mosquito suit greeting commuters making their way through the concourse under Causeway Street. The man in the suit, and a group of people, were promoting a charity that is working to reduce the spread of malaria in Africa.
Christopher Blackwell, 22, of Charlestown, will be arraigned this morning on charges that he tried to steal some guy's iPod when their Orange Line train pulled into New England Medical Center around 11 a.m. on Wednesday and that when the guy refused to give it up, Blackwell punched him in the mouth, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
According to a police report (PDF copy), an off-duty Boston fire dispatcher noticed the fray and ran after Blackwell, tackling him at the base of the up escalator, which then carried the two men to the top, where the firefighter kept Blackwell on the ground until a Transit Police officer could arrive to arrest him.
Don Martelli reports that when he got to Wellington this morning, he found "major delays" on the Orange Line, which he didn't expect since he didn't get any e-mail or text messages from the T before he left home:
Check my email. Check my blackberry. No messages.
Major FAIL MBTA. Major.
StevenMB is not much happier out in Brighton. He tweets:
Waited 45 min for MBTA 501 bus that runs every 7.
Boston Police report arresting a pair of darlings from Dorchester on charges they'd been sticking up people with iPhones and other electronic devices around Downtown Crossing and on the Orange Line. In addition to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and intent to rob while armed, the two alleged thuglets, aged 15 and 16, are also charged with threatening somebody who talked to police.
Mike Mennonno finds a good candidate involving somebody pining for some guy whose fly happened to be open at the Mass. Ave. stop on the Orange Line.
Third Decade hopped on the Orange Line this afternoon and took a seat across from a guy transporting six boxes stamped with BIOLOGICAL SUBSTANCE CATEGORY B stamped on them - five of them in a large, and open, plastic bag stamped with a large BIOHAZARD logo.
With the T teetering on bankruptcy, it sort of makes sense to sell every last surface to advertisers. But if the T is going to let an advertiser splay banners in front of the giant red ring at Back Bay station, so that they only way to fully appreciate it from the outside is with your head cricked at an odd angle at the doorway, why not save some money and just turn the thing off?
In all the years this ad's run on the T, how many people do you think have actually taken Swahili?
The Globe reports a worker shuttling a computer backup tape between a Harvard Law clinic in Jamaica Plain and the World's Greatest Law School lost the tape on the subway and now there are 21,000 client records (including 13,000 with social-security numbers) out there somewhere.
September marked the ninth straight month that ridership on the T was higher than the same month a year earlier, according to the T's Joe Pesaturo, who adds that September's overall numbers were the highest in the ten years for which the T has records (well, except for the Green Line, which actually saw a slight dip in ridership in September compared to the year before - Ed note: Thanks for spotting that, David!).
It'll be interesting to see what effect the increases in parking fees at T stations will have.
MBTA police say they've arrested a man for robbing an ALS patient in a wheelchair who was waiting for an elevator at the Malden Center Orange Line stop.
Scott A. Marra, 39, of Malden, is charged with grabbing the man's wallet out of his hand, then running out of the station, on July 14. According to a statement:
The wallet contained cash, medical ID cards, a credit/debit card, and an MBTA pass for people with disabilities. Following the robbery, the victim's credit card was used to make two separate $100 purchases at a Malden gas station. In addition, the Chelsea man's MBTA pass (which is to be used only by persons with disabilities) was being fraudulently used.
MBTA Police say they were able to track Marra through the credit-card transactions. He's scheduled for arraignment on Monday in Malden District Court; he's currently being held at Transit Police headquarters in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Michaela reports the Ruggles Dunkin' Donuts has some guy who made such a good French vanilla iced coffee with sugar and milk that:
By the time I got to Back Bay station. I wish I asked him his name and hours for September so I can specifically go out of my way to get that iced coffee again and again when I'm back in Boston for good.