Shortly after 9 a.m., it seems, fare machines at Red and Green Line stations stopped accepting credit and debit cards, hosing monthly passholders who thought they could just waltz right in, replenish their cards and get on the T.
Just in case riders failed to appreciate the humor of the situation, the T stationed a particularly jocular CSA at Davis, according to Sweetadelinevt:
So... Read more
Nahani Otien reports Keytar Bear was killing it tonight at Downtown Crossing.
Ari floats the idea of a short elevated atop Cambridge Street to complete the fabled Red/Blue connector - an idea currently gathering dust on some state shelf due to its cost.
Key to his plan: A portal, filled in decades ago, that once let trolleys go into a tunnel that ultimately led to another tunnel under the harbor to East Boston: The portal, several... Read more
Transit Police report arresting a Quincy man on charges he pretended to be a cop during an incident at the Quincy Center Red Line stop earlier this month.
According to police, Michael Murray, 33, went up to a car parked in the pick-up area at the station around 5:25 p.m. on March 17:
The suspect male went on to demand the victims produce identification... Read more
Transit Police report arresting a man they say was brought to ground by Red Line riders who heard a woman struggling with him as he tried to grab her purse.
Cesar Gonzalez, 26, police say, followed a woman off a Red Line train around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and reached for her purse:
The victim held tightly onto her purse and was yelling for... Read more
A train died at Downtown Crossing around 5:30 p.m., as of 6:15 p.m., riders trying to head south were still being thwarted.
Mike Long reports his train just sat outside Charles/MGH for 10 minutes before finally pulling in.
Party Orca surveyed the human gridlock at Downtown Crossing:
Traffic onto the Red Line southbound at DTX is backed up to the escalator to Orange... Read more
UPDATE: The DA's office reports Capuzzo was not arraigned today. He instead faces a clerk's hearing to determine whether authorities have probable cause for a criminal complaint. A date has not yet been set for that hearing.
An inbound Red Line train checked out at Wollaston shortly after 8 a.m. Dave Curran reports from the station:
Operator outside hitting something with hammer
Four of five suspects in the Red Line beatings that sent a man to the hospital on March 9 were arraigned yesterday on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Among them, Kevin McCarthy (booking photo on right), about whom the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says:
McCarthy was convicted last year of taking part in the group beating of three men... Read more
Transit Police report arresting two South Boston residents and a Dorchester man on charges they beat a man on a Red Line train and two women who tried to come to his aid on Sunday.
Police add they obtained an arrest warrant for another South Boston man for his alleged role in the attacks on a train entering Broadway station.
Michael Davis, 36,... Read more
NECN weatherman Matt Noyes received an unusual plea: A woman who had just bought a bag of rare coffee beans as a gift for her husband lost them on the Red Line yesterday and is seeking their return:
Yesterday at 4pm during rush hour a polite passenger traveling south on the redline from Kendall Square stood up to give an older woman her seat.... Read more
An inbound Red Line train refused to go past its expiration date at Wollaston, causing what the T called "moderate" delays at the start of rush hour this morning. Or as Sara put it:
Been waiting over 20 min for a train at #wollaston. #commute #freezing
UPDATE, 9 a.m. Another Red Line train saw a bright white light, this time at Harvard, and immediately... Read more
Transit Police report arresting Tyreke Mastin, 20, on charges he trailed two women in the Quincy Adams parking garage in failed attempts to steal their cars last Thursday.
In both cases, the women were able to get into their cars and drive away.
Mastin, arrested at Hynes station on the Green Line, was scheduled for arraignment in Quincy District Court on a charge... Read more
A Red Line train figured out how to go six feet under on the inbound side of the Longfellow shortly before 9.
"Ashmont Train," by Luddy Mussy.
Steve Abreu asks about this mysterious sign heading up from the Downtown Crossing T stop:
Whatever happened to Shopper's Park? What was it?