Ed. note: I'm still not 100% convinced this is not a left-over April Fool's joke. But I learned about it through an ad in my Facebook news feed last night, and who actually spends money on a prank?
Transit Police report the arrest of Casey Kolenda, 27, on charges he used a magnetic-strip reader to create hundreds of bogus $70 Link Passes starting sometime last year.
According to police:
Authorities identified multiple monthly Link Passes that were purchased legitimately and subsequently used to create hundreds of forged tickets used by riders.
Authorities allege that Kolenda orchestrated a scheme to fraudulently... Read more
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
After just 45 years, the T has disconnected the last vestige of the A Line from the B Line at Packards Corner. Steve Burns photographed the new switchless curve where trolleys could formerly head towards Watertown.
Dan Meade reports on riding all four subway lines (and the Silver Line) on their first two nights of extended weekend service:
2:31 AM â€“ On the Red Line, the â€śBoston T Partyâ€ť runs into another crew celebrating the late night service. A light gymnastics competition ensues.
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
Walkingbostonian reports on the first night of extra weekend service on the T:
B train totally crushed, busier than rush hour, after 2 am, and we had to leave many people behind on all the platforms.
ElmerCat also rode the early-morning rails:
More people than I expected taking â“‰ after 2 am tonight. Lots of people dancing on the... Read more
At 5:10 p.m., Lauren Finkelstein reported from the outbound side of State Street:
Smoke filling the cars/station on the orange line at state st stop. Everyone being evacuated.
A minute later, the T sent out an alert about "minor" delays due to what it says is a disabled train at State.
Pesky brakes?... Read more
As noted earlier, some people left notes on the walls of the Government Center T stop in the hours before it was shut for two years of reconstruction.
Via the MBTA comes this ode, found penned on one of the walls:
Dear Government Center,
Thank you!... Read more
How many times have I passed through your halls?
How Many Seasons?
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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
Late-night MBTA weekend service starts tomorrow night, with trains and select bus routes running until 3 a.m., as part of a year-long pilot to see if we really want later service on weekend nights.
The City Council voted today to urge the School Committee to hold off action on a proposal to eliminate school buses for 4,500 middle-school students until it can undergo more study.
City councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury), who sponsored the unanimously approved motion, said making seventh and eighth graders take the T to school instead of traditional school buses could expose them to far more danger... 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
The Globe has the details - starts with a 10-cent increase for a single subway ride.
The Globe reports that Hyundai-Rotem, the company that delivered new commuter-rail coaches that the T isn't happy with, plans to bid on the $1-billion project to replace superannuated Orange and Red Line trains.
A company official said the commuter-rail coaches proved harder than expected to deliver in part because the American workers they had to hire kinda sucked, even after company officials learned ... Read more
The current Government Center bunker, um, T stop went up in the early 1960s as part of the transformation of Scollay Square into Government Center.
In the photo above, from Boston City Archives' Government Center photo set, note the parking lot where Center Plaza would go across Cambridge Street. In this view, you'll see the answer to the chicken-egg question of... Read more