Nothing like a dead train inbound at Davis to make for a fun morning commute.
Visualizing MBTA Data is just what it sounds like - a series of graphs based on MBTA data. I'm partial to "Subway Trips on Monday February 3, 2014," which shows a seismograph-like graph of service on each line - even without the explanation, you can quickly see when things went awry due to dead trains.
A guy charged with nearly disemboweling a man and slicing up a woman after an argument at the Wonderland Blue Line stop was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 at his arraignment yesterday in a Whidden Hospital room - where he is now being treated for his own chest pains - the Sufffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Matthew DeCosta, 29, is charged with armed... Read more
A Dorchester man who allegedly tried but failed to rob a woman at knifepoint at Downtown Crossing last month was arrested last week after detectives managed to track him down as a regular at a Dorchester Star Market, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Roger Hines, 29, was arraigned Friday on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon, the DA's office says. Judge... Read more
When state Transportation Secretary Richard Davey wouldn't meet with protesters calling for a discounted "Youth Pass" for teen T riders, they sat down in his office in the Park Square transportation building and wouldn't leave - until State Police made them, and transported them over to their South Boston and Charles River barracks for booking on trespassing charges, according to O'Ryan Johnson, who ... Read more
Transit Police report arresting a man from Manchester, NH on charges he groped a woman at the JFK/UMass Red Line stop Saturday evening.
According to police, Charles Williams 54, was arrested in the station not long after the alleged attack:
The victim stated as she was walking up the stairs leading to the station a male walking parallel to her suddenly grabbed her and... Read more
The locomotive on the 808 train out of Providence turned out to be the little engine that couldn't. Now it's sitting dead on the tracks, waiting for the 810 to arrive and sloooowly push it all the way into Boston. In the meantime, Joe shows us the scene in Mansfield, reports:
Nothing moving inbound to Boston from Mansfield. No commuter rail or Amtrak.... Read more
Police say a man stabbed two people at the Wonderland Blue Line station around 9:30 p.m., then hopped on a Blue Line train. He only got as far as the next stop - Revere Beach - because police had the train stopped there until they could arrive to arrest him.
A bird met its demise this evening on the front of a speeding outbound Amtrak train just north of Hyde Park station. The train came to a halt - at first it was unclear if the train had hit a person or a bird, until first responders found a large number of feathers embedded in the train. Service on both Amtrak and MBTA commuter-rail... Read more
Bex inquired this morning about the walkway at the Orange Line station:
Who do I talk to about the spiders in the Wellington catwalk? because OH MY GOD I'VE NEVER RUN SO FAST.
When asked whether the issue was lots of regular spiders or just one mutant refugee from a nuclear experiment gone horribly awry, she replied:
BOTH! Millions of HUGE, hairy, scary spiders.... Read more
UPDATED with latest info from the T.
Around 8:50 a.m., an inbound Orange Line train pulled into State Street and there was a large "bang." Chuck Giroux photographed people rushing out of the station.
Although initial reports seemed to indicate the train had hit part of a fallen light fixture on the tracks, a T spokesman says the bang came from the subway... Read more
Transit Police report two people were stabbed around 12:45 p.m. on the Ashmont platform at Shawmut, in an incident that might have started as a dispute on an Orange Line train.
Police report neither victim stuck around for police or EMTs. One was found on Leslie Street, several blocks east of Dorchester Avenue; the other on Dorchester Avenue near Welles Avenue, also several... Read more
UPDATE: Passenger Sara DiBari reports the train got back underway around 9:30 a.m.
An inbound train hit somebody just past the train station around 8:20 a.m.
Jennifer Lombardi, on the train - the 7:35 a.m. out of Worcester - reports conductors were asking if anybody on the train speaks Portuguese (downtown Framingham has a large Brazilian community).
Sara DiBari, also on the train,... Read more
Just as rush hour was getting underway around 4:45 p.m., Alewife service on the Red Line was halted just in case the guy who held up the Eastern Bank branch in Central Square boarded a train. He apparently didn't, and service resumed, but not before creating all those residual delays.
Roving UHub photographer Jed Hresko spotted this guy doing crunches at Back Bay on the Orange Line this morning.
Let's see: There's a dead Red Line train at Park Street, a dead trolley somewhere on the inbound side of the D line and there are major delays for some no doubt good reason on the Fitchburg Line.
Stephen McCarthy wondered what it might be like if a rogue T locomotive headed outbound and approached the scene of one of the worst train disasters in American history - the Bussey Street bridge collapse of 1887 in Roslindale - in which a poorly constructed bridge collapsed under a train heading downtown from Dedham. Fortunately, as he illustrates, the modern locomotive's brakes worked.... Read more