A couple days after the Globe highlighted the workers who keep the ancient Orange Line running, hundreds of commuters found themselves on steaming platforms waiting for trains that just didn't come, thanks to two dead trains that had to be pulled out of... Read more
Boston Police have their stop-sign runners and speeders and MBTA Transit Police have their fare piggybackers. A man stopped for allegedly evading the fare at the Mass. Ave. Orange Line stop yesterday afternoon proved to have warrants for more serious offenses, police say.
According to a police report, plainclothes officers watched William... Read more
Meg Fowler Tripp reports from the Orange Line terminus:
All but 2 ticket machines & 2 gates not broken @ Forest Hills + rude T staff + seeing 1/2 people get on bus free = bah, fare increase.
No, not the guy with the pencil 'stache?
One of the ladies: "Like it's my @$&%! problem the machines don't work." -- after an older person... Read more
The MSPCA reports Mace the pomeranian mix is now short a couple of toes, which had to be amputated after getting mangled at the top of an escalator at the Forest Hills T stop:
The doctors concluded that Mace's foot was so damaged that surgery was scheduled the following day to remove two of his toes. Doctors at Angell expect Mace will make a... Read more
Around 8:15 p.m. yesterday, Rachel Zarrell spotted Sob Story Guy getting on the Orange Line at Chinatown:
Needed money to get to Worcester to "treat his staph infection." Was pretty gross.
But by 11, he'd either gotten it looked at or had just become resigned to it. Colin Steele reported from the Red Line near Harvard:
No story this time, just "anybody? Anybody?"... Read more
The Boston Business Journal reports the T has some space in several stations (Back Bay, Forest Hills, Harvard, Alewife, North Station, South Station, Airport and Malden Center) it's looking to rent for retail use.
The Journal notes there are several prohibited uses, including the sale of tobacco, scratch tickets and popcorn.
Popcorn? T spokesman Joe Pesaturo says the T has had enough with popcorn... Read more
CSA at Green St., followed by dispatcher Rhiannon Bernier and
train driver Frank Limone. Audio from MBTA.
Casey reports on a near tragedy averted at Green Street, where daughter Roozle's stuffed Nummy bunny ... Read more
Got this interesting T alert earlier today:
Orange Line experiencing 10-15 min delays due to a signal problem at Orient Heights Station.Â 6/5/2012 5:52 AM.
note - I presumed the alert was for the Orange Line, as I'm not signed up to get Blue Line alerts
South End Patch reports on impending bustitution north of the city to let the MBTA build the new Assembly Square stop in peace. There's no set schedule yet for the "diversions," but the T says what will start out as sporadic shutdowns will grow more frequent as the station progresses.
"Cookbooks for sale," this sign at Forest Hills probably says.
MBTA Transit Police report that even after two shots of pepper spray yesterday afternoon, a Chelsea man collared for trying to steal an Orange Line rider's phones managed to flee an officer - who managed to catch up with him and finally subdue him on a commuter-rail platform with his baton.
Police say... Read more
Alert New England reports somebody was stabbed in the throat by the Old State House entrance to the State Street T stop around 9 p.m. The T shut down the station to let police investigate the incident.
Christopher Baer tweeted not long after:
I saw a man holding a cloth to his throat getting into an ambulance outside State St. T station a... Read more
Jamaica Plain Patch reports on a late-night incident at Stony Brook station in which four riders teamed up to capture and detain an alleged cell-phone thief - despite some punches from the guy's accomplices.
A trash fire on the tracks just before Chinatown outbound around 1:40 p.m. shut service to Forest Hills. MBTA workers extinguished the fire themselves, but Boston firefighters went into the tunnel to take a look.
The last major trash fire near the Chinatown stop was almost exactly a year ago.
And now he faces deportation as well, the Metro reports.
At various points this morning, the Green, Red and Blue lines all had problems due to dead trains (at Kenmore, Park and Bowdoin, respectively). No doubt feeling left out, the Orange Line this afternoon developed switch problems.
On Saturday, Melissa Gibson spotted this dude at Jackson Square on the Orange Line with rapper Rick Ross's visage shaved into his hair. She reports "Phill da Barber" in Roslindale did the honors.
Anybody know where in Roslindale Phill strops his razor?