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.
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.
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.
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.
At Downtown Crossing, on a Forest Hills train.
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.
No, seriously, get a room; you're grossing out the other people on that Orange Line platform.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roche Bros. reports its new Downtown Crossing store, opening next Wednesday, will have entrances/exits onto the concourse of the Downtown Crossing T stop.
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?
The MBTA is playing a message at N Station this morning about how Shawn Thornton takes the T to work.
Transit Police report arresting a 14-year-old from Everett early this morning on charges he swiped a phone right out of the hands of a woman sitting on an inbound Orange Line train next to a door open after the train pulled into Stony Brook.
The kid, too young to have his name released, didn't get far, police say: Other passengers chased him and a T worker "was able to prevent the male from escaping."
Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester man on charges he began punching a woman he didn't know sitting next to him on an inbound Orange Line train yesterday afternoon - not long after he exposed himself to another woman.
Anthony Samuel, 25, was charged with assault and battery on an elderly person - the woman he punched in the head and chest was 63 - and open and gross lewdness.
The State House News Service reports interim T GM Frank DePaola told legislators he had to choose between making riders wait for a shuttle bus on a July night or a February night.
Tonight's line of mourners for the Orange Line includes a very special guest, Channel 7's own Dan Hausle, who had a Vine time recording the wait at Downtown Crossing, where riders piled up because of a train that ascended to Valhalla at Chinatown.
Update, 5:58 p.m. Shamus Moynihan reports:
DTX for 25 mins. Train came through too full. Sign saying 4 mins the whole time.
Transit Police report that an MBTA worker who tried to wake a sleeping Orange Line passenger after the train arrived at Forest Hills last night found herself under attack.
Police say Dion Stickter, 45, "struck the female employee with a closed fist multiple times about her torso area" during the attack around 9:40 p.m.
Responding officers found him no easier to deal with, police say:
He became hostile and began to use racial epithets and refused to comply with the officers requests.