Orange Line

By - 4/10/13 - 12:12 pm

McDepression hurts. Photo by Kate Ingalls.McDepression hurts. Photo by Kate Ingalls.

Seems those ads promising help for people suffering from the Big Mac withdrawal symptoms were put on the T by McDonald's local ad agency without the hamburger chain's approval.

In a statement, ... Read more

By - 4/8/13 - 8:20 am

David Yamada doesn't think much of the Orange Line ads that posit lack of a Big Mac stuffed in your mouth as the sort of mental issue that one more typically sees advertised on clinical-research ads between Forest Hills and Oak Grove:

I'm sorry, but the ad is just too close to the real thing to be funny.

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By - 4/4/13 - 9:26 am

Yesterday, the MBTA warned the tax increases proposed by the legislature were so small it could jeopardize $500 million or in anticipated federal aid for the Green Line extension. This morning, as A.P. Blake noted at 8:55 a.m.:

In the past two hours, every rapid transit line in Boston has suffered some delay due to mechanical/signal failure.

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By - 4/4/13 - 8:27 am

Transit Police report a man faces arraignment today on a charge of open and gross conduct for an incident last month in which he "directed his genitals" at a woman on the Orange Line.

According to police, around 6:20 p.m. on March 8, John McDonald, 48, dropped trou on an inbound train just before Mass. Ave. and then kept his junk pointed at the... Read more

By - 3/27/13 - 8:23 pm

Transit Police shut the Green Street stop on the Orange Line tonight and brought in the Boston Fire hazmat unit after discovering a white powder there. Police reopened the station around 8:20 p.m. after determining the powder was cornstarch.

By - 3/22/13 - 8:32 am

Transit Police report arresting a Mattapan man on charges he masturbated on an Orange Line train on Tuesday afternoon.

Police say Ramon Antonio Baez, 25, got on an inbound train at Green Street shortly after 3:30 p.m., and sat across from a woman who'd boarded at Forest Hills:

Shortly thereafter the male removed his penis from his pants and began to masturbate while leering

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By - 3/21/13 - 4:24 pm

A Charlestown District Court judge set bail at $300 today for Antwan Crawford on charges he kicked an eight-year-old girl at the Community College Orange Line stop last month, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

According to the DA's office:

Witnesses at the scene reported that, just prior to kicking the child, Crawford had been engaged in a verbal altercation with another passenger

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By - 3/18/13 - 9:42 am

KellyAmong the arrested in Boston yesterday: Patrick J. Kelly, 25, of Lowell, charged with assault and battery for an incident around 4:30 p.m. near the fare gates at the Downtown Crossing T station, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Preliminary information suggests that Kelly was angry at the woman, whom he

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By - 3/18/13 - 7:39 am

In dreamland on the Orange Line

The day started with loud, happy crowds; as Connie Chan shows, it ended with a man alone with his dreams, on the floor of a hurtling Orange Line car.

As of 6:45 p.m. yesterday, Boston... Read more

By - 3/13/13 - 2:18 pm

Updated.

Orange Line service came to a halt around 2 p.m. when somebody wound up under an outbound train at State Street station, Mike Moura and Ruddy S. report.

The victim was extricated, alive, put on a backboard and taken up to an ambulance around 2:40 p.m.

Full service on the Orange Line resumed around 3:30 p.m.

A T spokesman said the investigation... Read more

By - 3/12/13 - 10:01 am

BSOD at Forest Hills.

This was the tragic scene at the armored Best Buy machine at Forest Hills Sunday afternoon. Joe D., who came up with the headline, reports it was still like that this morning. Aaron Gallo, meanwhile, discovered the same problem at... Read more

By - 3/11/13 - 2:44 pm

Wanted

Transit Police report a man waiting for an inbound Orange Line at Jackson Square was robbed around 12:50 p.m. on Saturday. After taking his iPad4 at gunpoint, the robber fled toward Bromley-Heath, police say.

He's described as black, between 18 and 22, with a medium build, wide cornrows, slight facial... Read more

By - 3/3/13 - 2:58 pm
Orange Line portal

Go to the front of the outbound Orange Line station at Chinatown and you'll see these mysterious tunnel entrances just past the end of the station, where the tracks curve on the way to Tufts Medical Center.

What strange wonders lie on the other side of this gateway?

Not much, alas. It's a few hundred feet of tunnel left over from when the Orange Line... Read more

By - 2/28/13 - 8:02 am

The Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership has posted a photo of the temporary tracks installed to let the Orange Line continue to run during the week as the Assembly Square station is built.

By - 2/20/13 - 9:01 am

Transit Police report arresting a Beverly man last night after he allegedly offered to pay an undercover officer $40 for what police call "oral copulation."

Police say the officer was on the inbound Orange Line platform around 6 p.m. when Handell Liburd, 33, approached her and began to chat with her:

Liburd eventually directed the conversation to the topic of making money and inquired

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By - 2/8/13 - 8:24 pm

The MBTA continues to run trains to try to keep the tracks clear. Here's the view from out the front of an Orange Line snow train.

By - 2/7/13 - 7:17 am

Transit Police report arresting a guy who donned one of those bright orange vests T workers often wear in an attempt to evade paying to get on the Orange Line at Back Bay.

"Nice try," police said laconically.

According to police, Willie Gill, for some reason in town from Springfield, piggybacked behind a paying customer around 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Video shows he... Read more

By - 2/4/13 - 12:50 pm

This morning, we had the construction worker saved by plastic sheeting. And now comes word, via Jerzy Eisenberg Guyot, of a slippery lunchtime rescue at the Downtown Crossing T stop:

Man trapped with suitcase in Downtown Crossing MBTA turnstile, turnstile experts are on the scene with lubricant.

A few minutes later:

Luckily the turnstile support team was able to save the man, although

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