Orange Line

By - 8/22/14 - 9:20 am
New Assembly stop on the MBTA's Orange Line

MBTAinfo notes you can tell the new Assembly stop on the Orange Line is almost ready for business because they've installed the benches and station-name signs, although hopefully Hulk smash neither.

By - 8/1/14 - 9:22 pm

Around 8:30 p.m. Sgt. Luke Taxter at District D-4 reports no injuries.

Police are looking for two Hispanic males, one 5'8, 18-22, with a black T-shirt with some sort of design on it and carrying a backpack, the other about 5'10" in a black leather baseball cap and a black T-shirt, with a black and white sweatshirt slung over one shoulder.

By - 8/1/14 - 8:54 am
Lines at Forest Hills on the Orange Line

Sebastian Zapata shows us the long lines at Forest Hills this morning as Orange Line riders try to add a month of value to their CharlieCards. It's not just that so many people do that as the fact that, as Kyle Geiste explains:

Weirdness on the MBTA machines at Forest Hills. Can't process credit cards. Long lines, employees tapping people through.

By - 7/31/14 - 10:18 am

Some sort of electrical problem at Sullivan Square means the T is now busing Orange Line riders between Wellington and North Station.

By - 7/19/14 - 1:39 pm
Guy getting a shave on a moving train on the Orange Line

Rachel could only watch in amazement today as a guy got a shave on an Orange Line train. A moving Orange Line train. A moving Orange Line train well past its expiration date that relies on shock absorbers that could blow at any moment.

By - 7/18/14 - 9:25 am
Hollingsworth, wanted for Jamaica Plain shooting

Transit Police report they are looking for Justin Hollingsworth, 22, on charges he tried gunning another man down in front of the Stony Brook Orange Line station on July 7.

When caught, Hollingsworth will face charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and various gun-related charges.

By - 7/14/14 - 9:33 am

The Orange Line inbound is shut down this morning between North Station and Back Bay as emergency responders deal with the situation. The person was still alive when taken off the tracks for transport to a local hospital.

At 9:28 a.m., Gareth K. reported: reports:

Just got off the orange line which from what we could tell hit something in the tracks, emergency crew there within minutes.

By - 7/14/14 - 9:05 am

UPDATE: Arraignment postponed to Aug. 1 to allow for a competency evaluation at Shattuck Hospital.

Alzy Bello is scheduled for arraignment today on charges he assaulted a woman on an inbound Orange Line train between Jackson Square and Roxbury crossing Saturday afternoon, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Innocent, etc.

By - 7/11/14 - 9:27 am

Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester man on charges he got right behind a woman in a skirt on an escalator going up at the Downtown Crossing T stop, pointed his phone under her skirt and began videoing.

Police say they know this because another woman, behind Anwar Jaffar, 33, watched the whole thing around 9:10 a.m. yesterday and promptly reported the incident to them.

By - 7/7/14 - 8:27 pm

Stony Brook scene. Photo by Vera.

UPDATE: Suspect identified and sought.

Stanley Staco reports somebody was shot at the entrance to the Stony Brook Orange Line station around 7:55 p.m. - and that the gunman may have gotten off as many as eight shots.

Transit Police report the victim, 23, is expected to survive.

By - 7/2/14 - 9:34 am

Limeduck was puzzled, at first, by the politeness he started seeing on Orange Line platforms recently, in which people agreeably let other people board the train first:

That’s when it dawned on me, this is not any kind of selfless behavior, it’s the opposite kind! These people are trying to be the last on so they can be first off at their stop, and it’s starting to delay the whole boarding process when first they dawdle and squabble about who’s to be last, and then they bottleneck the door area making it harder again to get on or off at any stop till theirs.

By - 6/28/14 - 1:49 pm

Andea Hill notes that A Nubian Notion inside the Orange Line station has a sign posted that it's closing on Wednesday due to a rent dispute with the MBTA - after 20 years in the space.

By - 6/25/14 - 9:29 am

Transit Police yesterday made their first arrest under the law after a woman complained at Forest Hills a guy took inappropriate photos of her.

Joshua Gonsalves, 23, of Norwood, is scheduled for arraignment in West Roxbury District Court this morning.

According to Transit Police, the incident happened shortly before 5:45 p.m.

By - 6/23/14 - 11:03 am

He was the shirtless guy, covered in cuts and holding a brick, just standing there right outside the station, around 3:30 p.m. yesterday.

"Yeah, I did it," Stephen Fusco, 46, of Malden, told officers, Transit Police report.

Fusco, scheduled for arraignment today in Charlestown District Court on a charge of making threats to commit a crime, did not proffer a reason for applying his brick to a train window.

Innocent, etc.

By - 6/18/14 - 12:07 am

The Globe reports the owner of the John Hancock building is proposing a deal with the state to upgrade the train and bus station in exchange for development rights atop the station - and that part of the upgrades would include turning part of the station into a mall.

By - 6/13/14 - 4:31 pm

Dylan Manley was at Chinatown on the Orange Line and reports service was halted around 4:20 p.m. when a man decided to go from one platform to the other by way of the tracks:

He walked down platform on NB side, jumped onto tracks, and walked across to SB side.

The T shut power as police got the trackwalker off the tracks - which turned out to be a good thing, Daniel Borque, who was also at Chinatown, reports:

He fell on third rail being hauled out. It was turned off or he'd have been a goner.

By - 6/10/14 - 3:13 pm

A Dorchester man who allegedly tried but failed to rob a woman at knifepoint at Downtown Crossing last month was arrested last week after detectives managed to track him down as a regular at a Dorchester Star Market, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Roger Hines, 29, was arraigned Friday on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon, the DA's office says. Judge Eleanor Sinnott agreed with a request from prosecutors for bail of $15,000.

By - 6/5/14 - 9:34 am

Bex inquired this morning about the walkway at the Orange Line station:

Who do I talk to about the spiders in the Wellington catwalk? because OH MY GOD I'VE NEVER RUN SO FAST.

When asked whether the issue was lots of regular spiders or just one mutant refugee from a nuclear experiment gone horribly awry, she replied:

BOTH! Millions of HUGE, hairy, scary spiders. Maybe they're just filming "Arachnaphobia 2" and no one told us?

By - 6/5/14 - 8:56 am
State Street being evacuated

Orange Line riders after the boom. Photo by Chuck Giroux.

UPDATED with latest info from the T.

Around 8:50 a.m., an inbound Orange Line train pulled into State Street and there was a large "bang." Chuck Giroux photographed people rushing out of the station.

Although initial reports seemed to indicate the train had hit part of a fallen light fixture on the tracks, a T spokesman says the bang came from the subway equivalent of a shock absorber giving out:

By - 6/3/14 - 4:10 pm
Man doing crunches at Back Bay station

Roving UHub photographer Jed Hresko spotted this guy doing crunches at Back Bay on the Orange Line this morning.