B.D. Colen posts 58 photos of people being completely alone despite being crammed into MBTA subway cars. Most seem sad, one does a good imitation of Uncle Fester from the Addams Family.
"We have two seasons - winter and construction" doesn't just apply to highways. Got this e-mail from Keolis regarding pending track work on the Haverhill line. In summary, riders should expect delays and bustitution.
To All of Our Haverhill Line Customers
TRACK WORK NOTICE - Effective May 4th- June 26, 2015
Due to necessary rail improvements, the MBTA Commuter Rail will be providing bus service between Reading and Haverhill for midday trains, Monday through Friday beginning Monday, May 4, 2015.
The following Inbound trains will have bus service between Haverhill and Reading*:
A Boston lawyer says the T and Keolis owe commuter-rail riders a lot more than just a 15% discount on their Mass passes, so, of course, he's filed a lawsuit.
The suit, filed earlier this week in Middlesex Superior Court by Robert Richardson, seeks to make Raquel Rodriguez, identified as "a resident of the Commonwealth," lead plaintiff in an action seeking not just refunds for January, February and March passholders, but damages as well.
The sky's the limit tomorrow as the T throws open the faregates and lets everybody ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston (well, at least until the end of service), as a way of saying "sorry" for all that unpleasantness back in January and February.
Take that trip to Wonderland you've always wanted to? Family get together at Ruggles? Try to get on and off at every single last stop on the system?
Kate Lockwood reports:
It's not every day you see someone get on the T carrying a live 6-foot snake. So that happened.
She says the woman had the snake around her neck and that the pair got off at Green Street. She adds the snake:
Was a kind of light brown with black spots I think. I was trying not to stare!
Has Penelope moved to JP?
The MBTA is playing a message at N Station this morning about how Shawn Thornton takes the T to work.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Jamel Bannister, 24, of Dorchester, on a charge of second-degree murder for the death of Courtney Jackson at the Dudley bus station on Feb. 28, 2013, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
A second man, Brian Cooper, 27, of Mattapan, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree murder earlier this month for the death.
According to the DA's office, Bannister and Cooper got into an argument with Jackson around 9:30 p.m.:
Alex Jafarzadeh shows us a darkened Maverick station on the Blue Line around 6 p.m.; reports trains were still running despite the lack of light.
Shortly after 5 p.m., riders began reporting issues on the other side of the harbor on the Blue Line.
The E Line, meanwhile, got shut between Northeastern and Heath due to a power problem.
Around 9:30 a.m., Kevin Slane reports, a Red Line train that just sat there at Central Square, quietly expiring for about 10 minutes, was pronounced dead and riders were ordered off.
UPDATE, 5:25 p.m. BFD gave the MBTA the OK to resume service.
Boston firefighters are currently investigating what caused smoke in the Maverick Blue Line station shortly before 5 p.m. Trains in both directions are halted - except for one empty train that firefighters are riding from Maverick to Aquarium to look for the source of the smoke, possibly the third rail.
Transit Police report arresting a 14-year-old from Everett early this morning on charges he swiped a phone right out of the hands of a woman sitting on an inbound Orange Line train next to a door open after the train pulled into Stony Brook.
The kid, too young to have his name released, didn't get far, police say: Other passengers chased him and a T worker "was able to prevent the male from escaping."
UPDATE: State Police report the truck and a Scion tC collided around 6 a.m., sending the truck partially over the Jersey barriers.
A box truck that wound up hanging off I-93 south in Dorchester this morning created problems on both the highway and the Red Line below - which the MBTA shut until mechanics could move the truck and end the risk it might plunge onto the tracks.
WBUR has the details on the plan to stop subway service at 2 a.m. instead of 2:30 and to eliminate several of the late-night bus routes.
Transit Police report they are looking for a woman they say spit on a 41 bus driver and hit him with something around 5:30 p.m. on April 1 near the intersection of Columbia Road and Annabel Street in Dorchester.
She's described as black, with red highlights in her hair, wearing a pink North Face jacket, black leggings and white sneakers. A Transit Police spokesman said the woman was not disputing a fare or anything like that, she was just being "aggressive."
Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester man on charges he began punching a woman he didn't know sitting next to him on an inbound Orange Line train yesterday afternoon - not long after he exposed himself to another woman.
Anthony Samuel, 25, was charged with assault and battery on an elderly person - the woman he punched in the head and chest was 63 - and open and gross lewdness.
The State House News Service reports interim T GM Frank DePaola told legislators he had to choose between making riders wait for a shuttle bus on a July night or a February night.
That MBTA report is finally out and basically concludes Charlie Baker and legislative leaders need to take over control of the authority through a new "Fiscal and Management Control Board" to replace the new MassDOT board Deval Patrick and legislative leaders set up to take over control of the authority.
The report calls for an end to restrictions on fare increases - in fact, it criticizes the T for offering pass holders higher discounts than other transit agencies in the US and England and says that's "unsustainable."
Tonight's line of mourners for the Orange Line includes a very special guest, Channel 7's own Dan Hausle, who had a Vine time recording the wait at Downtown Crossing, where riders piled up because of a train that ascended to Valhalla at Chinatown.
Update, 5:58 p.m. Shamus Moynihan reports:
DTX for 25 mins. Train came through too full. Sign saying 4 mins the whole time.