State officials are leaning towards a company owned by the Chinese government to replace aging subway cars with new cars to be assembled in Springfield that will feature wider doors, the ability to carry 15 additional passengers, computerized and LED station announcements and a dramatic jump in reliability, although with the possible loss of fake wood-grain paneling.
If only Boston could win the Olympics, we'd have world-class trains for sure!
Transit Police provide a couple examples of alleged dumbassery at two of our major transit hubs:
Shortly after 2 a.m. today, police - and firefighters - responded to South Station because somebody had activated a fire alarm there. Transit Police report officers found Marwin Maurin, 22, of Revere, standing by a closed Red Line entrance:
Around 11:20 a.m., police shut the Mass. Ave. Orange Line stop, stopped train service and blocked traffic on Mass. Ave. after somebody started vomiting on the platform.
The station and street were re-opened about 15 minutes later - and the person transported to a local hospital - after first responders determined she did not have Ebola.
Boston EMS Incidents reports EMTs rushed to the station on a report of "an external hemorrhage."
Transit Police report that when a guy who'd just been nabbed for fare piggybacking at Chinatown yesterday pulled out his wallet to show officers some ID, they noticed something else in his billfold:
Transit Police report they are looking for this guy for indecent assault and battery for an incident shortly before 8 p.m. on Thursday.
If you recognize him, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous text tip to 873873.
Transit Police say they are not amused by a kid's antics atop a hurtling Orange Line train yesterday morning. A spokesman says police are now on the lookout for him.
The kid, who goes by Jonathan Stay Wavey, posted the video showing him climbing atop the roof of an inbound Orange Line train somewhere in Jamaica Plain or Roxbury. It shows him avoiding a Darwin Award just before the train goes under a bridge and then doing a handstand on the roof before climbing back inside. The video, which he posted on a publicly accessible Facebook page, concludes with shots of some of his pals.
Erica Mattison saw this singer at Downtown Crossing today, thought he was wonderful, wonders if anybody knows who he is.
Around 9:15 p.m. a man jumped in front of an outbound Orange Line train as it entered Back Bay station.
The T shut power in both directions so that firefighters could extricate the man, who remained alert and conscious (photo from the platform). About 22 minutes later, firefighters got him onto the platform for treatment by EMTs and transportation to a local hospital.
Brandon Lerner was waiting for a train:
It poured, man it poured, in Somerville yesterday and once again, the new Assembly Orange Line station flooded. Or as Michael Femia, who captured the station apres deluge put it:
This is what a brand new multi million dollar MBTA stop looks like.
At 5 a.m. today, the MBTA opened the new Assembly station on the Orange Line (the first new T stop since the T opened the new version of the Orange Line south of Chinatown in 1987). Stuart Spina was on hand and captured Ruthy Rickenbacker becoming the first paying passenger at the station.
The official T alert - in their usual quirky fashion
Starting Tuesday - Orange Line Change
Assembly Station will be open for regularly scheduled Orange Line train service beginning at the start of service on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
Last updated: Aug 29 2014 07:14 AM
Transit Police report they want to talk to this guy about a series of bogus phone calls to 911 about alleged crimes in the Malden Center T station.
Over the past month Transit and Malden Police have received several 911 emergency calls alleging various crimes in progress at the MBTA's Malden Center station. The calls originate from within the station. Subsequent to a joint investigation amongst Transit and Malden Police has determined these calls to be intentionally false.
At 5:05 p.m., Beaz reported signal problems meant a 45-minute trip from Ruggles to State Street.
UPDATE: Noor ordered held without bail pending a Sept. 17 hearing on violating conditions in his conviction on the attack last year, the DA's office reports.
Transit Police report arresting a Malden man they say began beating another man who wouldn't give him money at the Sullivan Square T stop around 12:15 a.m. today.
A man nabbed for alleged fare jumping at Ruggles last year was picked up for the same offense at Forest Hills yesterday afternoon, Transit Police report.
Although piggybacking behind a paying customer normally only means a ticket, in both cases, Juan Garcia was arrested because he had outstanding warrants charging him with assault and battery on a police officer.