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By - 7/19/14 - 1:39 pm
Guy getting a shave on a moving train on the Orange Line

Rachel could only watch in amazement today as a guy got a shave on an Orange Line train. A moving Orange Line train. A moving Orange Line train well past its expiration date that relies on shock absorbers that could blow at any moment.... Read more

By - 7/18/14 - 9:25 am
Hollingsworth, wanted for Jamaica Plain shooting

Transit Police report they are looking for Justin Hollingsworth, 22, on charges he tried gunning another man down in front of the Stony Brook Orange Line station on July 7.

When caught, Hollingsworth will face charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and various gun-related charges.

If you know where he is, you can call detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an... Read more

By - 7/17/14 - 10:28 am
Beware his power, Green Line rider's might!

MBTAgifts has started selling Sesame Rings, which let you store your CharlieCard data on a ring, instead of on some boring old plastic card.

Last year, a group of MIT students launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them commercialize the rings.

THERE IS NO VALUE ON THE RING AS SOLD. Value must be added at a CharlieCard machine at an MBTA station.

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By - 7/15/14 - 9:51 am

Boston Magazine reports on an upcoming race in which participants will attempt to outrun a Green Line train between BC and Blandford Street. Hey, if a guy dressed like a hamburger can do it ...

By - 7/14/14 - 9:33 am

The Orange Line inbound is shut down this morning between North Station and Back Bay as emergency responders deal with the situation. The person was still alive when taken off the tracks for transport to a local hospital.

At 9:28 a.m., Gareth K. reported: reports:

Just got off the orange line which from what we could tell hit something in the tracks, emergency

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By - 7/13/14 - 5:04 pm

Anywhere she wants.

Alison Farquhar recounts an incident on a Red Line shuttle out of Broadway this afternoon:

Belligerent old Polish lady INSISTED the JFK/Andrew shuttle should drop her off at Old Harbor... so it did.

It would be one thing if she accidentally got on the wrong bus and it was too late, but she was stalwart.

Before it even left Broadway:

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By - 7/11/14 - 5:02 pm

Casey Kolenda, arrested this past spring on charges he used a magnetic "skimmer" and large numbers of regular CharlieCards to create at least 3,000 bogus monthly Link Passes, was formally indicted by a grand jury yesterday for the alleged forgeries. Officials estimate the cards cost the T $225,000 in lost revenue.

Innocent, etc.... Read more

By - 7/11/14 - 8:51 am

The T and Keolis say Amtrak's signal system failed on the Northeast Corridor this morning, and since Amtrak and the T's commuter trains share some of the same tracks and stations, that led to massive delays and exhortations to riders that they just get off at Back Bay or JFK and ride the subway into town - with assurances their commuter-rail passes would get them... Read more

By - 7/10/14 - 2:27 pm

After battling a Palestinian-hating group for months over anti-Palestinian ads, the T is now drawing the ire of a pro-Palestinian group for taking down its anti-Israel ads a few days early.

By - 7/10/14 - 1:33 pm

An arbitrator recently ruled that an MBTA bus driver kept telling such dramatically different stories about how her bus came to hit a BTD supervisor and several parked cars in Kenmore Square that the T was within its rights to fire her.

The T fired Lataria Milton not long after the Aug. 9, 2012 incident, in which Milton's bus hit the supervisor and the... Read more

By - 7/9/14 - 7:50 am

WCVB reports, says the T is also investigating Transit Police officers who liked the post about Father's Day in Roxbury or commented on it.

By - 7/7/14 - 8:57 pm

A Green Line trolley had a bit of a derailment on Boylston around 8:45 p.m. Inbound Green Line passengers are being told to get off at Copley and get on the Orange Line at Back Bay.

By - 7/7/14 - 6:33 pm

Gaelle Gourgues asks:

What do you do when you are in a moving train above ground with tornado warning?!!

By - 7/7/14 - 3:38 pm
Back Bay commuter-rail lobby

Tristan was impressed with the fresh paint at Back Bay today:

Looks like Keolis did some enspiffening at #BackBay station! Nice change.

Ed. question: How long will the paint remain white in a station that fills with diesel fumes whenever a commuter-rail train pulls in?

By - 7/4/14 - 12:00 pm
Spitter sought

Transit Police report they're looking for a guy they say decided to spit at a Route 110 bus driver in Everett last month.

Police say the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. on June 11 at Clinton and Chelsea streets.

The saliva sprayer is described as white or Hispanic, between 25 and 30 years and about 5'9".

Tips to 617-222-1050, or anonymously via test to... Read more

By - 7/2/14 - 10:31 am

The SEIU held a protest in Downtown Crossing yesterday to protest the T's decision to let janitors go.

By - 7/2/14 - 9:34 am

Limeduck was puzzled, at first, by the politeness he started seeing on Orange Line platforms recently, in which people agreeably let other people board the train first:

That’s when it dawned on me, this is not any kind of selfless behavior, it’s the opposite kind! These people are trying to be the last on so they can be first off at their stop, and

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By - 7/2/14 - 8:25 am

Transit Police chalked up another victory for their "See Something, Say Something" campaign yesterday when an alert rider alerted them to a busker at Harvard who urinated in a cup, dumped the contents onto the tracks, then went right back to playing his music and soliciting donations.

Police say the musician (no, don't worry, not everybody's favorite fur-lined busker) did turn his back to... Read more

By - 7/1/14 - 7:43 am

Nice day for fare increases and a new operator, but you can't blame this on the T: Around 6:15 a.m., the driver of a lobster truck managed to wedge his truck firmly into the train bridge at East Street and Carroll Avenue, just before the Islington stop. All sorts of delays on the inbound Franklin Line, of course.

There are also delays... Read more

By - 6/30/14 - 6:07 pm

Heat and the MBTA are two things you rarely want to see in the same sentence.

Remember those heat-related speed restrictions that were supposed to go away after the state bought the Worcester Line tracks? They didn't.

Down in the tunnels, the Green Line is melting in the dark:

Hell is a disabled #MBTA train underground, at rush hour, during the summer,

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