Keith Richard snapped this photo of the bus he'd been on and a taxi in Kendall Square around 5:45 p.m.:
This cab just pulled in front of the CT2 I was riding at Kendall. Bus braked, we all went flying.
Alex Wheeler, also on the bus, reported no injuries, but, naturally, rush-hour traffic quickly backed up as a result.
One of those familiar strangers charged with groping woman on the Red Line, then again at Downtown CrossingBy adamg - 3/20/13 - 4:28 pm
A Cambridge man was ordered to stay off the T following an incident last week in which he allegedly ran his hands up the thigh of a female Red Line passenger when she closed her eyes, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
According to the DA's office, Transit Police nabbed Bashir Shaikh, 63, of Cambridge, on Monday - on the same afternoon train he had long shared with his alleged victim.
The woman told police she and Shaikh were familiar strangers - she recognized him as a frequent traveler on the train she'd take each afternoon out of Central Square. According to the DA's office, on the afternoon of March 13, she closed her eyes as the train on her trip:
At 8:54 a.m., Rebecca, who took this photo, reported she'd been standing at the Sutherland Road Green Line stop for more than 20 minutes, and that she was a mere newcomer there - she could still feel her feet.
At the very same time, Katherine Delaney posted a photo showing things were almost as bad on the Red Line - even more crowded, but at least a train was running.
Is stuck somewhere near Andrew, full of increasingly cranky people who don't like being stuck underground, squashed together.
Around 3 p.m. on Friday, somebody waiting for a train at Broadway noticed a woman "performing a sexual act" on a man. Rather than yelling at them to get a room, the shocked rider notified Transit Police, who arrived in time to consummate an arrest of the both of them for lewd, wanton and lascivious conduct, the T reports.
In addition to the Lowell guy charged with kicking a woman in the throat at Downtown Crossing, Transit Police report arresting two young men for whom the lure of the big city proved too enticing yesterday:
At approximately 10:22 pm Transit Police officers from Area 1 were at South Station MBTA Commuter Rail assisting and monitoring crowds who had attended the Saint Patrick's Day Parade when they were alerted to two males, later identified as Mathew Heney, 22, of East Wareham and John Stackable, 21, of Worcester, engaged in a fist fight with one another. Upon arrival of officers they observed a large crowd gathered around the two combatants just outside the men's restroom. Officers intervened and restored peace. Both subjects were placed under arrest for Affray and Disorderly Conduct and transported to TPD HQ for the booking process. They are expected to be arraigned sometime today in Boston Municipal Court.
DA: Woman declines man's request to share a drink with her after the parade, so he kicks her in the throatBy adamg - 3/18/13 - 9:42 am
Among the arrested in Boston yesterday: Patrick J. Kelly, 25, of Lowell, charged with assault and battery for an incident around 4:30 p.m. near the fare gates at the Downtown Crossing T station, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Preliminary information suggests that Kelly was angry at the woman, whom he knew, because she didn't share his desire to drink at a bar after the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Transit Police report:
Officers were alerted to a female victim who was lying on the ground near the fare gates holding her throat and crying. Officers immediately proceeded in her direction and assisted the victim to her feet. The victim pointed to a male. later identified as Patrick Kelley, 25 of Lowell, and stated to the officers Kelley had just kicked her in the throat. A witness present confirmed the victim's statement. Victim informed the officers she and Kelley had traveled to Boston with the same group and he assaulted her because she was too young to go drinking at a bar after the parade.
Arraignment scheduled for today in Boston Municipal Court. In addition to Kelly, roughly 30 people are scheduled for arraignment in South Boston District Court, mostly on disorderly-conduct charges for incidents along the parade route, the DA's office reports.
As of 6:45 p.m. yesterday, Boston Police say, officers had issued 336 citations for drinking in public along the St. Patrick's Day parade route - and made 26 arrests, mainly for disorderly conduct.
Shawn Wolfgang photographed a green man on the Green Line.
Transit Police report arresting a 15-year-old female from Hyde Park today for the Route 16 attack - no name because of her age. "Transit Police detectives continue to work toward identifying more suspects," a spokesman says, adding she is not the same person who threw her pass at the driver just as 15 to 20 teens were gathering for the attack.
Watch video of Beverly Scott kissing MassDOT highway administrator Frank DiPaola on the head as thanks for the money MassDOT will give the T to buy new commuter-rail locomotives.
Head-kissing came at a MassDOT meeting yesterday. MassDot will use a $45-million federal clean-air grant to buy the new, cleaner, more efficient locos - about 80% of their total cost. The T currently has a contract to buy 27 of them, with delivery starting next year, but is looking at buying 13 more - at $5.4 million apiece.
A concerned citizen filed this photo of a shelter at the LaGrange Street commuter-rail stop:
Gang tagging. West Roxbury MBTA station.
Transit Police report this woman is wanted for spitting at a T bus driver who dared ask her to pay her fare at Ashmont station.
Police say she landed a loogie right on the driver's face as she left the bus around 3:20 p.m. on Saturday.
If you know her, you can contact Transit Police at 617-222-1050 or by texting 873873.
There is a Lowell train sitting on the tracks just past North Station, dead, filled with people who don't want to be thereBy adamg - 3/13/13 - 5:25 pm
Emmie reports from the 4:40 p.m. train to Lowell, which confidently rolled out of North Station, then promptly suffered
a fatal heart attack some sort of problem and now the brakes won't release.
UPDATE, 5:36: Emmie reports the T has offloaded passengers to the 5:10 train, which, obviously, is a bit late.
The victim was extricated, alive, put on a backboard and taken up to an ambulance around 2:40 p.m.
Full service on the Orange Line resumed around 3:30 p.m.
A T spokesman said the investigation into how the person wound up under the train is ongoing.
This time, the rail was between South Station and Broadway, shortly before 1 p.m., and, of course, its impact was felt all up and down the Red Line.
Mykah Murphy tweeted from Park Street:
MBTA workers shouting at one another, no Ashmont/Braintree bound trains leaving Park station. No trains on Alewife tracks.
The best is they are telling us to take the green and orange lines instead...that makes sense.
Boston Magazine takes a look at some data on how we get to work:
While many Boston metro area commuters are near the national average of 25.4 minutes, some take far longer: Workers in Scituate and Norwell, for example, average more than 35 minutes, as do those living in Mattapan. Some neighborhoods in the Back Bay, Cambridge, and the Financial District, meanwhile, are looking at commutes around 20 minutes or under.
A thronging mass of screaming teens from Braintree raised hell all the way from South Station to North Station on their way to the Garden for a basketball game, commuters report.
Some of the kids, heading to the Braintree High girls' championship game against Central Catholic, smashed a Green Line window at Park Street.
Jessica Infante rode part of the way with them on the Red Line:
Entire Red Line train packed with screaming Braintree kids. I sincerely hope you lose your basketball game.
Braintree kids kicked off train. South station now drunk pep rally turned riot. Can the grown ups get a ride now?
In the kids' defense, some apologized. None shared the contents of their Gatorade bottles.
Transit Police report a man waiting for an inbound Orange Line at Jackson Square was robbed around 12:50 p.m. on Saturday. After taking his iPad4 at gunpoint, the robber fled toward Bromley-Heath, police say.
He's described as black, between 18 and 22, with a medium build, wide cornrows, slight facial hair and an earring in his right ear. He wore gray stonewashed jeans with a large white belt and a black hoodie. If you see him, contact Transit Police at 617-222-1050 or text a tip to 873873.
The bus operator informed officers after he came to a stop to drop off and pick up a passenger he was unable to continue due to several teen aged males standing in front of his bus preventing him from pulling out. Suddenly and without provocation the suspects set upon the operator punching him in the head, neck and facial area. At one point during the assault they attempted to pull the operator through the window. The suspects fled the area in various directions. The operator suffered multiple abrasions about his face.
Transit Police report a 25-year-old man from New York got down onto the inbound Red Line tracks at South Station around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday and was hit and killed by a train.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident, such as trying to determine why the man "walked into the pit area."
An inbound Red Line train that left Harvard at 11:54 this morning finally made it to Central at 12:37 p.m. - pushed there by another train - the MBTA reports.
Christian J. Ternus tweets:
Just got off Red Line train that caught fire. Train filled with smoke.
MBTA operator lost her keys and couldn't get into cab to call for help. Operator told passengers not to ride Red Line in bad weather. "MBTA doesn't spend enough to make it safe." Passengers were having asthma & panic attacks. MBTA op described this as "passengers complaining." Train was *On Fire.*
MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo says there was no fire on the train, adds:
The train operator did not lose her keys nor make any safety-related announcements on the intercom. The tweet was in reference to another MBTA employee who had boarded the train to investigate the cause of the power problem. The employee attempted to open a door at the end of a Red Line car, but was unable because she did not have a key. This employee made some comments to another employee that were picked up by one or more customers (one of whom then tweeted). Both employees have been identified and both have submitted statements to supervisors. The head of the Red Line is investigating.