UPDATE: Boston Metro eulogizes Tagliaferro.
In memory of David J. Tagliaferro, 1945-2012. Rest in peace, David, you will be missed.
In 2007, Boston Magazine profiled Tagliaferro.
Three trains died on the Red Line between 4:30 and 7 p.m. today.
Juan Boria, Jr. captured the scene inside the Quincy Center Red Line station this morning.
MBTA catching more fare evaders, with bonus arrests of wanted criminals too cheap to add value to their CharlieCardsBy adamg - 9/26/12 - 3:09 pm
The MBTA reports Transit Police have issued 3,614 citations so far this year for fare evasion - up 59% from the 2,268 issued in the same period last year.
The T adds that some 89 of those people left the stations where they were snagged in the back seat of a cruiser, after officers realized they were wanted for arrestable offenses. The two latest were arrested yesterday at the Quincy Center stop on the Red Line - one of them a guy who'd allegedly skipped out on a court hearing after he was busted for selling marijuana at the same station in August.
With the power out, the T substituted bus service, which pretty quickly led to huge crowds outside stations.
The woman snapped Peter O'Connor's photo and police say tips from the public based on that led them to O'Connor, whom they arrested today at the Braintree Red Line stop.
O'Connor, 55, of Braintree, will be arraigned in Cambridge District Court tomorrow on a charge of open and gross lewdness.
Nikki captured the painter at work on the Red Line, adds:
Amazing hand control with the bumps and stops.
The T had to stop inbound Red Line service from the south shortly after 7 a.m. to try to get this fool off the tracks between Andrew and Broadway. The T reports he managed to flee before police could detain him and ask what the hell he was thinking.
In the MBTA surveillance video below, he appears at around :05 (way, way at the top of the screen) and then hops onto the tracks around :35:
MBTA Transit Police report they are looking for this guy, who, they say, exposed himself to a woman on a Red Line train:
On Friday, July 20, 2012, at 11:00 AM, the male depicted below, exposed his genitals to a female victim, then masturbated on a northbound, Red Line train between Park Street and MGH stations. The victim exited the train at Harvard Station. The suspect remained on the train.
The state Department of Environmental Protection holds two meetings Thursday to consider the MBTA's request that it be allowed to shimmy out of requirements to extend the Blue Line to Charles Street.
The Department of Transportation, which now includes the T, formally asked its environmental counterparts last year to absolve it of the need to spend $49 million to design a $750 million project it says it has no money to build, even if it wanted to.
The meetings start at 1 and 5 p.m. at DEP headquarters on the second floor of 1 Winter St. downtown.
The Herald reports an explosion in the rat population on Savin Hill, possibly caused by construction along the Red Line.
Tania Reppucci tweets:
Guy on the Red Line used a box cutter to cut and peel a lemon, then ate the lemon. The train smells nice though.
Shana Sissel, who took this photo, wonders:
Does anyone know the significance of the black hand over the red line at Park Street Station?
The MBTA reports a potential bioterror germ attack alert system starts getting tested after the last train of the night on Wednesday at Davis, Porter and Harvard stations on the Red Line.
The Department of Homeland Security has installed monitors in the stations designed to detect the release of certain types of potentially lethal bacteria. To test the monitors, researchers will spray B. subtilis bacteria into the air at the stations. The bacteria is normally considered harmless - you can buy mass quantities of it as a nutritional supplement - and researchers say they'll render it even less risky by killing it first with gamma rays, the T says:
A dead trolley at Reservoir, dead trains at Kendall and somewhere on the Ashmont line, signal and track problems on the Fitchburg Line and, oh, yeah, a freight-train derailment on the Haverhill line meant all sorts of fun for commuters this morning.
The MBTA reports an Attleboro woman and her son, almost 5, plunged to the tracks around 6 p.m. yesterday, and were taken to the hospital as a precaution, although they did not appear seriously hurt. According to the T, the woman told emergency responders she thought she could get onto the Alewife train in the station at the time from the southbound platform.
The action in the video starts around 0:30. It's the second time this year somebody wound up on Red Line tracks trying to get to a train on the other side of the station.
How the hell do you get that many in there, even kids?!
And no, Charlie had nothing to do with it. He was on the Green Line.
The MBTA evacuated Alewife, stopped the Red Line at Davis and brought in explosives-detection equipment this afternoon after workers discovered a suspicious package on a Red Line train.
MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo reports the device turned out to be "a ticketing device used by city of Cambridge parking-enforcement officers."
"Better safe than really sorry," Cambridge City Councilor Minka vanBeuzekom tweets.
Hyde Park Avenue by Forest Hills station was tire high, one commuter reported, but the station itself had only the usual mini-torrents that come with pretty much any rain storm.
The MBTA today turned on what could be the first of a whole system of signboards to let riders know when the next train is coming. Over the next few months, stations on the Red, Orange and Blue lines could get the signs. But not the Green Line, of course.
A dead train at Haymarket, you say? The Red Line attempts to trump that with a dead train of its own at Park Street AND another one at Harvard. How can Orange answer?
Meanwhile, speaking of competition, Landon Kolsky proposes an MBTA Olympics:
Events include high evasion jumping, baby stroller hurdles, 100 meter dash to the Red Line, and Curling.
Only problem, he adds:
The opening and closing ceremonies will be delayed due to a signal problem, they will apologize for any inconvenience.
At one point this morning, dead trains and signal problems meant simultaneous delays on the Red, Green and Blue Lines. Ol' Grampa Orange Line, however, confounded the delay gremlins.
An aggrieved citizen reports:
Distasteful ad on beautiful public sculpture-MBTA station.
In a forest-trees situation, the city marked the complaint "closed," because:
This isn't graffiti. the markings on the street are for construction.
Note to Mayor's Hotline folks: Look up. And then mark the complaint closed because the MBTA is not under city jursidiction.