Red Line

By - 9/17/14 - 5:36 pm
Riders waiting for the Red Line at Park Street in Boston

The faces say it all. Aubrey Bracco captures the mood at Park.

Who knows why the Red Line lurched to a halt and wheezed its last this afternoon? At some point, it just ceased to matter. Riders crammed into stations waiting for trains that wheezed into stations so crammed the crammed riders on the platform could not cram into the crammed trains, which then slowly, ever so slowly crammedly made their way to the next crammed station,... Read more

By - 9/16/14 - 4:20 pm

This guy's got it going on. All he's missing is a little chianti.

By - 9/12/14 - 10:15 am
Train stopped due to gum spitting at Davis Square Red Line station

UPDATED with info from MBTA.

Don't use your phone right on the yellow line, because you might drop it and then the driver of the train will stop his train so your phone can be retrieved before it is crushed into a gazillion pieces.

Tim Devin captured the action around 8 a.m. today at Davis Square, where a T spokesman says:

A customer dropped

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By - 9/9/14 - 3:10 pm

That word comes too late for a pair of Boston residents, whom Transit Police report were literally caught red handed on charges of defacing the driver's door of a Red Line trains last night.

Police say that around 8 p.m. yesterday, somebody punched in their digits to report that two guys who had been marking up the driver's door on a Red Line train... Read more

By - 9/9/14 - 12:58 pm
Porter Square in the dark on the MBTA

This is not a screenshot from that game. This is Hannah Malenfant's photo of the Red Line platform at Porter Square around 12:45 p.m., after the lights went out. Yes, the escalator stopped working, too, she reports.

By - 9/4/14 - 4:23 pm

A kaput train at Davis is giving Red Line riders agita.

Flea, heading to Davis, reports her train spent 20 minutes just sitting in North Quincy. Rebecca Fay Hoffman reports:

Stuck at Kendall, now stuck at Central. Train packed, not moving.

Cathy Del adds:

One hour to go from Park St to Davis.

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By - 8/31/14 - 6:54 pm

Transit Police report that around 5 p.m., somebody walked into the Savin Hill Red Line station, saw two people he wanted to shoot, took out a gun and began firing.

He missed, whereupon both his intended targets and he fled, police say. Police say they are continuing to look for him. About 40 minutes later, however, Cynthia Pesantez watched Boston Police take somebody... Read more

By - 8/26/14 - 6:31 pm

For the second time in a week, Transit Police report stopping John Bubier at Andrew station for trying to ride the Red Line for free - and then placing him in custody because he has an outstanding warrant, this time for assault and battery, out of Boston Municipal Court.

Last week, Transit Police arrested Bubier for allegedly failing to register as a Level... Read more

By - 8/19/14 - 1:11 pm
John Bubier

Transit Police report arresting John Bubier, 60, around 9 a.m. today at Andrew Square after officers say they watched him piggyback through a fare gate behind a paying T rider and then discovered he had failed to register as a Level 3 sex offender.

Bubier, originally from Framingham, but best known for his croaking pleas for change in Downtown Crossing, was convicted of... Read more

By - 8/11/14 - 3:26 pm
Souza

Transit Police report arresting a Quincy man on a charge of indecent assault and battery for a July incident on the Red Line.

Ronei Souza, 28, of Quincy, was arrested at South Station around 12:45 p.m. after a Transit Police sergeant noticed him, police say. He's expected to be arraigned tomorrow in South Boston District Court.

Innocent, etc.... Read more

By - 8/8/14 - 1:15 pm
Wanted for Red Line assault

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy for an incident involving indecent assault and battery on an inbound Red Line train around 7:10 a.m. on July 29, not long after he'd gotten on the train at Quincy Center.

He's described as Hispanic, 20 to 25, 5'5" to 5'7" and thin.

If you know him, you can contact detectives at 617-222-1050, or send... Read more

By - 8/8/14 - 12:50 pm

Transit Police report a man was found stabbed at the Quincy Center T stop around 3:20 a.m.

Erik Manley, 37, of Braintree, was arrested on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The victim, 35, from Weymouth, was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive, police say.

Innocent, etc.... Read more

By - 8/4/14 - 5:29 pm

Couple of dudes with knives got all Jim Croce on each other in Andrew Square around 9 p.m. yesterday and tried to slice each other up - with one of them stabbing a woman for good measure - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Orrett Daley, 31, of South Boston, was ordered held in lieu of $200,000 bail at his arraignment today in South... Read more

By - 8/4/14 - 5:06 pm

Red Line riders abandoning all hope. Photo by David Weininger.

A Red Line train heading towards Alewife took note of the time and decided rush hour was as good as any to up and die.

With nothing else to do, Jeremy Newman composed an Ode to the MBTA:

Crowded, stuffy, rates-a-hikin;
Bodies crammed; often late.
Sweat-a-drippin, whats that smell?
Cruel twist of public fate.

Kris Kream was more prosaic:

Hey

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By - 8/2/14 - 9:30 pm

Jimmy Doan posted this video of a guy unicycling on a moving Red Line train today.

Earlier:
Close shave on the Orange Line.... Read more

By - 8/1/14 - 9:44 am

Shortly after 9 a.m., inbound Red Line service was halted so that EMTs could take a sick passenger off a train at Kendall. But service was delayed even before that due to another passenger who decided the best way to get help was to pull the emergency brake - while the train was still in the tunnel between Central and Kendall. A passenger on the... Read more

By - 7/26/14 - 9:55 pm

Does anybody know when weekend service disruptions on the Red Line between North Quincy and JFK/UMass will end? It seems like it's been happening a lot this summer. Currently, the MBTA web site shows that buses will replace the trains for two weekends in August. Is this part of a larger project that will have a definite end date, or just business as usual for... Read more

By - 7/25/14 - 9:09 am

The Red Line and the Green Line (C in particular) have had better mornings, as have their riders.

And speaking of the Green Line, at 11, some folks will see if they can outrun the Green Line between BC and Blandford Street. Watch them live.

By - 7/13/14 - 5:04 pm

Anywhere she wants.

Alison Farquhar recounts an incident on a Red Line shuttle out of Broadway this afternoon:

Belligerent old Polish lady INSISTED the JFK/Andrew shuttle should drop her off at Old Harbor... so it did.

It would be one thing if she accidentally got on the wrong bus and it was too late, but she was stalwart.

Before it even left Broadway:

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

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... Read more

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