Red Line

By - 10/24/14 - 8:58 am
Christopher Hicks

Transit Police report arresting a Cambridge resident on charges he started an unprovoked attack on a man on a Red Line train, then followed him out of the train into Harvard Square station and punched him in the head.

Christopher Hicks, 26, is scheduled for arraignment today in Cambridge District Court on charges of assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous... Read more

By - 10/23/14 - 6:08 pm

Gianna Maria reports her inbound Red Line train came to a halt around 6 p.m. on the Longfellow to avoid making pate out of a silly goose who refused to move. After about ten minutes, the goose moved out and so did the train.

By - 10/21/14 - 6:57 pm

It was just another one of those evenings where trains became too weary to go any further, leading to the usual extended-version commutes on both the Red and Orange lines.

Then, around 6:30 p.m., an alleged mini punk of 14 or so kicked out a window on a Red Line train approaching Savin Hill station. The driver stopped the train, junior and several friends decided... Read more

By - 10/21/14 - 5:23 pm
Chart showing CNR the cheapest bidder for new MBTA subway trains

Chart by state transportation staff.

CNR

State officials are leaning towards a company owned by the Chinese government to replace aging subway cars with new cars to be assembled in Springfield that will feature wider doors, the ability to carry 15 additional passengers, computerized and LED station announcements and a dramatic jump in reliability, although with the possible loss of fake wood-grain paneling.

Gov. Patrick and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey willl... Read more

By - 10/20/14 - 6:07 pm

If only Boston could win the Olympics, we'd have world-class trains for sure!

By - 10/20/14 - 11:39 am

Transit Police provide a couple examples of alleged dumbassery at two of our major transit hubs:

Shortly after 2 a.m. today, police - and firefighters - responded to South Station because somebody had activated a fire alarm there. Transit Police report officers found Marwin Maurin, 22, of Revere, standing by a closed Red Line entrance:

Maurin informed the officers he set off the fire

... Read more
By - 10/20/14 - 7:53 am
Evil grinning skull at JFK/UMass Red Line stop in Dorchester

Marta C. captured the visage that woke her up at the JFK/UMass Red Line stop this morning.

By - 10/2/14 - 3:46 pm

A Brighton Municipal Court jury yesterday convicted John Biesiot, 36, of Chicago, on 15 counts of vandalism for incidents in 2008 and 2010 that left several T cars tagged up with nom de paint of Wyse, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Judge David Driscoll sentenced Biesiot to a year and a day in the Suffolk County House of Corrections, and will hold a... Read more

By - 9/29/14 - 9:50 am

Meet Tina Lunn, who, at least based on the account provided by Transit Police of her arrest at Quincy Center yesterday, is a few cigarettes short of a full pack.

Smart until proven otherwise.

By - 9/24/14 - 6:02 pm
Red Line train offloaded at Park Street

Outbound Red Line train offloaded at Park. Photo by Chuck Giroux.

So there's a defunct train at Charles/MGH. Or maybe it's the train that was offloaded at Kendall. Whatevs, the Red Line is a hot rush-hour mess this evening.

UPDATE: By 6:12, trains were slowly running again, but the problem was they were running so full that people on platforms couldn't get in, given that we don't have any of those Tokyo pushers around here, as... Read more

By - 9/19/14 - 1:49 pm
Guy with shopping cart on the MBTA's Red Line

Why didn't anybody tell us this was Bring Your Big Stuff on the T Week? As if Comfy Chair Guy, Bowl of Pasta with Grated Parmesan Guy and Motor Scooter Guy weren't enough, let us introduce you to Shopping Cart Guys. Paul Nutting spotted this duo on the Red Line earlier this week with a shopping cart full of tools. They... Read more

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

... Read more
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.

... Read more
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

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