Orange Line

By - 6/22/15 - 8:52 am
Snow at Oak Grove in February

We've had quite enough of this, thank you very much. Feb. photo by Rich.

Starting tonight, the T will be shutting down the Orange Line between Wellington and Oak Grove starting at 8:45 p.m. at night so workers can get the tracks ready for winter - except for Friday and Saturday nights, when service will run as usual.

You may recall that particular stretch of Orange Line proved particularly troublesome in the winter of our discontent. Workers will be installing heaters along the third rail and at switches to prevent the tracks from turning into a glacier again, in a $12.7 million project, MassDOT reports.

By - 6/18/15 - 3:01 pm

A Chicago man was arraigned yesterday on charges he tried to shunt the driver aside and take the controls of an Orange Line train as it hurtled under Washington Street Tuesday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 6/15/15 - 12:50 pm

A man already wanted for various crimes was charged with another early Saturday: Knocking over a vending machine at the Stony Brook stop on the Orange Line, Transit Police report.

A surveillance video shows Dayquan Hardy, 22, apparently being quite happy with his work - possibly because he knows he's cheated death by vending-machine crushing. Read more.

By - 6/9/15 - 11:29 am

Shortly after 10 a.m., was taken away in bad shape.

Service was halted, causing severe delays.

By - 6/5/15 - 8:59 am

Transit Police report arresting a Woburn man after he was spotted piggybacking behind another person at the Back Bay Orange Line stop around 2:20 p.m. yesterday.

Police were initially just going to write Timothy Chapman, 35, a citation for fare evasion, but then arrested him after discovering there was a warrant for his arrest on motor-vehicle violations out of Concord District Court. Police say:

During booking Chapman was found to be in possession of nearly 7,000 dollars in US Currency. Yes that's correct, he evaded a $2.10 fare while in possession of nearly 7 thousand dollars and had a warrant for his arrest. Hmmmmmmm.

Innocent, etc.

By - 5/29/15 - 11:57 am
Failed ninja

Transit Police report arresting a man on charges he groped a woman in the tunnel between the Orange and Red Lines at Downtown Crossing Thursday morning - and after he tried to fight off arriving officers. Read more.

By - 5/29/15 - 7:36 am

A morning power failure that hit parts of Medford and Malden (and at least one Dunkin' Donuts in Everett) also brought the Orange Line to a crawl, with the T announcing the dreaded "severe" delays. While the trains run off the T's very own power supply, the signals that control the trains get their juice from National Grid.

By - 5/27/15 - 6:48 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court judge today denied a request from Hyundai-Rotem to block the T from buying new Orange and Red Line cars from a Chinese manufacturer. Read more.

By - 5/22/15 - 8:07 am

Transit Police report members of the Special Crimes Unit last night arrested Philip Urban, 50, of Malden on a charge of being stupid enough to get a blow job on the outbound Orange Line platform at State Street last Friday.

He's scheduled for arraignment today in Boston Municipal Court; technically, the charge is open and gross lewdness. No word on the hunt for the woman seen ministering to him.

Innocent, etc.

By - 5/21/15 - 11:51 am
New Orange Line trains

What the new Orange Line cars will look like (running alongside the Longfellow?).

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit against the MBTA by two companies that objected to the way the T awarded the bid for new Red and Orange Line cars to a Chinese manufacturer.

The dismissal, which actually happened in March, does not necessarily clear the tracks for CNR MA - a joint venture of two Chinese companies - to deliver scores of new cars for the two subway lines between 2018 and 2021. Read more.

By - 5/21/15 - 9:14 am

Frontal views, this time, only he's zipped up. That bit of oral satisfaction at State Street last week could lead to a criminal sentence and permanent status as a sex offender.

By - 5/17/15 - 6:41 pm

Boston Metro reports the long arm of the law is about to grab the man getting some oral loving on the Orange Line the other night - and the woman giving it to him. Transit Police say they'll throw the book at the two - and not a copy of the Kama Sutra.

By - 5/16/15 - 9:08 am

No, seriously, get a room; you're grossing out the other people on that Orange Line platform.

By - 5/15/15 - 3:37 pm

Around 3:30 p.m. on the Forest Hills side, near the fare gates at the front of the platform. The victim's injuries are not considered life threatening.

By - 5/7/15 - 1:53 pm

Transit Police report educating a Jamaica Plain man on the finer points of subway law in the Commonwealth, specifically that there is a crime called riding upon a train other than as a fare paying passenger. Read more.

By - 5/6/15 - 11:10 am

Transit Police report arresting three teens - two 15 and one 16 - on charges they wrenched a man's iPhone 5s out of his hand after he got off an inbound Orange Line train at Back Bay around 12:40 p.m. yesterday.

Police say the victim got on at Roxbury Crossing, where four teens were already sitting: Read more.

By - 4/30/15 - 6:25 pm

Surveillance photo via Transit Police.

Transit Police are looking for a guy they say has held up the Fresco flower stand on the Dartmouth Street side of Back Bay station twice this week.

The guy made off with cash in afternoon heists on both Monday and Wednesday. On Monday, he motioned as if he had a gun. He's also wanted for possibly menacing other people in the station.

He's described as Hispanic, about 22, 5'8" to 5"10" and thin. He has a tattoo behind one of his ears.

If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous tip to 873873.

By - 4/24/15 - 11:29 am

Roche Bros. reports its new Downtown Crossing store, opening next Wednesday, will have entrances/exits onto the concourse of the Downtown Crossing T stop.

By - 4/22/15 - 8:45 pm

Kate Lockwood reports:

It's not every day you see someone get on the T carrying a live 6-foot snake. So that happened.

She says the woman had the snake around her neck and that the pair got off at Green Street. She adds the snake:

Was a kind of light brown with black spots I think. I was trying not to stare!

Has Penelope moved to JP?