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By - 3/12/15 - 9:21 am

Updated with arraignment info.

A Boston Municipal Court judge issued an arrest warrant today for Homer Henderson, 52, of Roxbury, when he failed to show up to face a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - his spit - in an incident on a 1 bus at Mass. Ave. and Washington Street on Dec. 20, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports....Read more

By - 3/11/15 - 7:17 pm

WBUR reports the MassDOT board of directors voted today to make the system free on April 24 to make up for the recent snow-related unpleasantries.

But don't worry, you monthly pass buyers about to rant about how that does nothing for you: The board also voted to give monthly pass buyers a 15% discount on May passes....Read more

By - 3/11/15 - 5:26 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved a formal request to the MBTA to make its Friday and Saturday late-night service permanent.

Councilors Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill) and Michelle Wu (at large), who proposed the motion, acknowledged that keeping the service running will require what Zakim called "very creative and thoughtful" ways to pay for it, including possibly a surcharge for...Read more

By - 3/11/15 - 2:02 pm

Transit Police report arresting Marc Meadowcroft, 19, of Revere, today on charges he defaced two old trolleys sitting on an unused track at Boylston station last year by spraying them with his tag of "CIGA."

Meadowcroft now faces 14 counts of felony tagging in Boston Municipal Court, police say.

Despite the widespread publicity over the incident and the arrest warrant issued for...Read more

By - 3/10/15 - 9:16 am

A UHub eye in the sky forwarded a photo of South Huntington Avenue in Jamaica Plain, where an inbound 39 bus got jammed by a car parked by a snowbank near the VA entrance, jamming up traffic in both directions.Read more

By - 3/9/15 - 6:15 pm

Some kind of switch problem is wreaking all kinds of havoc at North Station this afternoon. Or as Sue puts it:

I got 99 problems and all of them seem to be switch issues at North Station.

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By - 3/9/15 - 10:08 am

Just got this e-mail from Keolis regarding additional trains:

Service Recovery Schedule Update Effective 3.9.2015
Keolis today released the latest list of MBTA Commuter Rail trains that will return to operation on March 9 as part of the system recovery plan. Four of the following trains will have station stops added, and 15 trains will be restored on March 9:
Haverhill -

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By - 3/7/15 - 4:11 pm
Firefighters outside South Station

Firefighters outside South Station. Photo by Manny Lim.

Firefighters shut South Station on the Red Line and ordered the power off in both directions on the line until they could find and then extinguish what turned out to be a small trash fire on the tracks about halfway between South Station and Downtown Crossing.

BFD gave the T permission to restore power around 4:15 p.m.

The fire sent smoke into both stations....Read more

By - 3/6/15 - 4:16 pm
Repairing an Orange Line train at Wellington

Repairing another train at Wellington. Photo by MBTA.

The MBTA reports that for the first time since Jan. 26 - the night before the first blizzard - the Orange Line has its regular fleet of 96 Orange Line cars, in 16 trains, running for the evening commute.

Interim T General Manager Frank DePaola credited "the skilled machinists and repair persons who have been working around the clock at the Wellington maintenance facility."...Read more

By - 3/6/15 - 8:24 am
Passengers in Mansfield waiting for train to replace dead train

Riders kicked off dead train to wait for mostly dead train. Photo by Joe Sullivan.

Riders on the Providence Line lost at commuter-rail roulette big time this morning. A train got to Mansfield and passed to the other side - but not before riders got to sit on it for 45 minutes waiting for a pusher train that itself gave up the ghost - although it turned out it was only mostly dead and so it slogged into Mansfield with...Read more

By - 3/5/15 - 12:36 pm
Dignitaries announcing MBTA Late Night Service - Mass.gov website

Measured in terms of passenger trips and customer satisfaction, the MBTA's Late Night Service Pilot Program is a success. Measured simply in dollars and cents, however, it's a failure, expected to run a $10.7 million deficit during its first year. If things don't change, it seems likely the service will be cut back, or canceled entirely.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will...Read more

By - 3/5/15 - 8:07 am

Blue Mass. Group ponders the seeming oddity of a Republican governor wanting to increase spending on our broken public-transportation system while Democratic leaders in the House, are, at best, cool to the idea.

You know what’s “crazy”? What’s crazy is that the T doesn’t work, and that the legislature doesn’t really seem to care. That’s crazy. DeLeo, Mariano and the rest of them can

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By - 3/2/15 - 11:18 am

Around 11 a.m., by a freight train on the Franklin Line, just past the Norwood Central station. The woman, in her 50s, was taken to the nearby Norwood Hospital in serious condition, Transit Police report.Read more

By - 3/2/15 - 10:47 am
Old subway station in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.Read more

By - 3/2/15 - 8:41 am

Because that allegedly improved commuter-rail service this morning still means that trains are roaring into Roslindale completely full, so they can't stop and they won't stop.Read more

By - 3/2/15 - 8:15 am
Strange MBTA train on new TV series

Alert viewer Codeman38 noticed something unusual at :51 in the trailer for the newest CSI show - the T train shown above (that an FBI agent is trying to jump on it as it leaves the station is, of course, not at all odd).

But it doesn't stop there: In the alternaverse in which CSI leader Patricia Arquette explores intersectionality, they've also replaced...Read more

By - 2/28/15 - 9:48 pm
Hawk trapped in Alewife station on the Red Line in Cambridge

Curt Nickisch phototographed this poor hawk unable to figure a way out of Alewife station around 7:30 p.m. The Animal Rescue League reports a happy ending to this tale:

Got word that the hawk was caught and moved outside.

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