The T

By - 8/15/14 - 9:27 am
Cops with big guns at Airport station in East Boston

Passengers allowed back in as cops got ready to leave. Photo by Mary C. Stevens.

A suspicious package at Airport on the Blue Line around 8:50 a.m. quickly brought the bomb squad and officers with high-powered weapons and dogs to the station.

Passengers were evacuated from the station and train service was halted.

Around 9:06 a.m., the package was declared not suspicious. A couple minutes later, riders were allowed back into the station and service resumed.

Kevin Franck ... Read more

By - 8/14/14 - 6:05 pm
Cell cover

This is this month's cover of Cell, which covers advances in microbiology:

The cover depicts an adaptation the Boston subway system map in which subway lines represent pathways of differentiation from pluripotent stem cells. Bus routes, shown as dashed lines, are the various ways that cells can be experimentally interconverted via directed differentiation, direct conversion, and reprogramming. Cover image by Samantha Morris.

Maryr ... Read more

By - 8/12/14 - 5:14 pm

A Franklin man was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence of drugs after he allegedly drove his car right into Route 240 bus in Randolph this morning, Transit Police report.

Transit Police, who released the video of the crash, say 13 of the 34 passengers on the bus were taken to local hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening back and neck... Read more

By - 8/12/14 - 12:21 pm

Transit Police are investigating a crash shortly after 10:30 a.m. that sent a man to the hospital.

A T spokesman says:

A man crossed in front of a Route 15 bus near Dudley and Albion Streets. He was transported to Boston Medical center with injuries described as non-life threatening. An investigation is underway.

Jordan Martins, who was on the bus, photographed the point... Read more

By - 8/11/14 - 9:28 am
Abandoned fallout shelter next to abandoned Tremont Street trolley tunnel

The fallout shelter's on the right.

Patrick Kineavy and Alex Lovejoy of the MBTA recently explored a long-abandoned fallout shelter next to an abandoned trolley tunnel under Tremont Street (the one you see on the right on the inbound platform at Boylston).

Imagine having to subsist on whatever's in this barrel:

Old food supplies
By - 8/8/14 - 1:15 pm
Wanted for Red Line assault

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy for an incident involving indecent assault and battery on an inbound Red Line train around 7:10 a.m. on July 29, not long after he'd gotten on the train at Quincy Center.

He's described as Hispanic, 20 to 25, 5'5" to 5'7" and thin.

If you know him, you can contact detectives at 617-222-1050, or send... Read more

By - 8/8/14 - 12:50 pm

Transit Police report a man was found stabbed at the Quincy Center T stop around 3:20 a.m.

Erik Manley, 37, of Braintree, was arrested on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The victim, 35, from Weymouth, was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive, police say.

Innocent, etc.... Read more

By - 8/7/14 - 10:47 am
Bossart pins badge on brother

Jeff Bossart graduated from the MBTA Police Academy yesterday to become one of Quincy's newest police officers.

His brother Kevin pinned his new badge on him at the conclusion of the ceremony (photo via MBTA).

Kevin has reason to be particularly thankful for the T: In January he went into cardiac arrest and collapsed at the Wollaston Red Line stop and workers there performed... Read more

By - 8/7/14 - 8:39 am

A T bus (maybe a 111) died on its way across the Tobin shortly after 7 a.m., forcing its riders to transfer to a 426 bus in mid-span - some 254 feet above the Mystic River. A.P. Blake, who shot the video, reports:

We're about to transfer passengers from one bus to another... IN THE MIDDLE OF

... Read more
By - 8/6/14 - 1:02 pm
Old trolley now boarding

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

By - 8/5/14 - 9:51 am

Wire troubles on the Blue Line mean buses instead of subways between Orient Heights and Wonderland this morning.

By - 8/4/14 - 5:29 pm

Couple of dudes with knives got all Jim Croce on each other in Andrew Square around 9 p.m. yesterday and tried to slice each other up - with one of them stabbing a woman for good measure - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Orrett Daley, 31, of South Boston, was ordered held in lieu of $200,000 bail at his arraignment today in South... Read more

By - 8/4/14 - 5:06 pm

Red Line riders abandoning all hope. Photo by David Weininger.

A Red Line train heading towards Alewife took note of the time and decided rush hour was as good as any to up and die.

With nothing else to do, Jeremy Newman composed an Ode to the MBTA:

Crowded, stuffy, rates-a-hikin;
Bodies crammed; often late.
Sweat-a-drippin, whats that smell?
Cruel twist of public fate.

Kris Kream was more prosaic:

Hey

... Read more
By - 8/4/14 - 12:12 pm

Latest MBTA figures show a 4% increase in ridership in its latest fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

Increases approaching 8% on the Red, Blue and Orange Lines and commuter rail were balanced by a 5.5% decrease in Green Line ridership. But usage jumped 5.6%.

This past June, the T averaged 1.33 million rides on a weekday.

By - 8/3/14 - 7:32 pm

The Amateur Planner proposes a paved transit way with tracks for not just the B Line but the 57 and BU bus routes.

While we've never done this, other cities have, and it would have a whole host of advantages, including getting buses out of traffic (and bike lanes), stations better able to serve people with disabilities, even some additional parking spaces. Throw... Read more

By - 8/2/14 - 9:30 pm

Jimmy Doan posted this video of a guy unicycling on a moving Red Line train today.

Earlier:
Close shave on the Orange Line.... Read more

By - 8/2/14 - 12:19 pm

Wicked Local Needham reports the current state budget has funds to restore Saturday service on the commuter-rail line.

There is no start date set for the resumption of service, according to an MBTA spokesperson.

By - 8/1/14 - 9:22 pm

Around 8:30 p.m. Sgt. Luke Taxter at District D-4 reports no injuries.

Police are looking for two Hispanic males, one 5'8, 18-22, with a black T-shirt with some sort of design on it and carrying a backpack, the other about 5'10" in a black leather baseball cap and a black T-shirt, with a black and white sweatshirt slung over one shoulder.... Read more

By - 8/1/14 - 12:48 pm
Pressure cooker at Bradford station

Photo by MBTA.

Updated with info from the MBTA, including the fact the device was a sterilizer, not a pressure cooker.

The Bradford stop on the Haverhill Line was shut for two hours today as police investigated what turned out to be a sterilizing device just sitting there. A spokesman says:

There was no explosive device found. It was a sterilizer type device, not a pressure cooker, and

... Read more

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