A morning power failure that hit parts of Medford and Malden (and at least one Dunkin' Donuts in Everett) also brought the Orange Line to a crawl, with the T announcing the dreaded "severe" delays. While the trains run off the T's very own power supply, the signals that control the trains get their juice from National Grid.
A Suffolk Superior Court judge today denied a request from Hyundai-Rotem to block the T from buying new Orange and Red Line cars from a Chinese manufacturer. Read more.
The MBTA reports car 3614, the first of four score and six Green Line cars being refurbished in upstate New York, started carrying passengers again this week. Read more.
Transit Police report members of the Special Crimes Unit last night arrested Philip Urban, 50, of Malden on a charge of being stupid enough to get a blow job on the outbound Orange Line platform at State Street last Friday.
He's scheduled for arraignment today in Boston Municipal Court; technically, the charge is open and gross lewdness. No word on the hunt for the woman seen ministering to him.
The dismissal, which actually happened in March, does not necessarily clear the tracks for CNR MA - a joint venture of two Chinese companies - to deliver scores of new cars for the two subway lines between 2018 and 2021. Read more.
Stephanie forwards this rendering of one of the trolleys the T will buy for the Green Line Extension from CAF, a Spanish company that will assemble the cars in Elmira, NY and which promises "prime performance and first-rate passenger comfort," so presumably they'll be able to get up Comm. Ave. and not fall off the tracks and stuff.
At Downtown Crossing, on a Forest Hills train.
Around 10:20 p.m. by a group of young teens. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Boston Metro reports the long arm of the law is about to grab the man getting some oral loving on the Orange Line the other night - and the woman giving it to him. Transit Police say they'll throw the book at the two - and not a copy of the Kama Sutra.
No, seriously, get a room; you're grossing out the other people on that Orange Line platform.
Mike gives us a visual update on the giant glasshouse rising above City Hall Plaza.
WCVB reports on an incident at North Quincy this morning.
The Globe reports Democratic leaders in the Senate are coming up with their own, milder MBTA reform plan.
The MBTA reports this morning it's turned on countdown clocks at all the Riverside Line stops in Brookline.
Boston cops have surrounded a 66 bus in Brookline Village, where they are offloading several teens who allegedly ran through Marty's on North Beacon Street stealing bottles of vodka and Hennessy - and searching for the bottles.
The Night Ridah, who is at the scene, says the kids don't appear to be more than 14.
Remember the Braintree guy who waltzed across the Red Line tracks just as a train was entering Andrew after the St. Patrick's Day parade?
A judge ordered him to stay out of South Boston, but didn't order him to stay away from the T, which might have saved him some trouble Wednesday night, when, as Transit Police report, he was in a foul, foul mood around 11 p.m. at Park Street station: Read more.
Transit Police report educating a Jamaica Plain man on the finer points of subway law in the Commonwealth, specifically that there is a crime called riding upon a train other than as a fare paying passenger. Read more.
The city of Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development has filed legislation (sponsored by Mattapan's State Rep. Russell Holmes) that would allow the MBTA to sell land along its rail lines to developers at discounted rates, according to Scott Van Voorhis at the Globe. A second proposal would allow the city to offer property tax incentives to developers in order to encourage them to build housing affordable to those with low and/or moderate incomes.