Ed. note: Fans of public poetry should also check out the elevator banks at City Hall, where they've been posting poetry since back in the days when Tom Menino was still mayor. The current... Read more
A small track fire on the Green Line near Park Street tonight halted service and left some riders sitting on trains in tunnels.
At 8:36 p.m., Myron-Fletch Freeman tweeted:
Still trapped on Green Line train outside Government Center. And this city thinks it could host an Olympics .
That was more than 20 minutes after he first reported his trolley was stuck in the... Read more
The Carmen's Union says it's not against safety, but that arbitrarily banning mere possession of a phone by T drivers is both a workplace change that requires negotiation and potentially a safety problem on its own.
In a statement, the union says it could go to court to try to block enforcement of the rule without bargaining.
Our Union is deeply disturbed by MBTA... Read more
John Stephen Dwyer encountered Screaming Jesus Guy on the Red Line today and he was in full-throttle mode (click to hear).
SJG stands in sharp contrast to Quiet Jesus Lady, who arrives at Forest Hills station after the Jehovah's Witnesses leave for the morning and then just stands there in the lobby with her sign warning of the perils of not repenting. And he... Read more
The T announced today a change in employee rules under which any employee found merely possessing a cell phone on the job will be cashiered.
Previously, the T had only fired workers found using a phone and meted out a ten-day suspension for on-the-job suspension. But then came last month's crash that left a T bus dangling over the turnpike in Newton, caused... Read more
Transit Police report officers arrested a homeless Boston man at the Harvard Square T stop around 8 p.m. yesterday after pulling him away from the teen, whom they say he was indecently assaulting.
The victim, an 18 year old autistic male, was not a willing participant and attempted to pull away from [the man].
Thomas Dabrikas, 60, was convicted of rape and abuse of... Read more
The ads read "Man Vs Train", and pit a 170 pound man against a 80 ton LRV ("80 tons of American Steel" is the tag line - ha ha). The ads also have a pseudo warning sign that reads "See Tracks Think Train". The LRV depicted in the ads looks similar to the ones being built for GLX, except it has red stripes instead of... Read more
How much would you pay for a guaranteed seat on the way to and from work each day? Roving UHub photographer Kate got on the Red Line at Central Square this afternoon and was surprised to see a couple of empty seats with these little notes on them. Test run by the T or a joker running loose?
Dylan Manley was at Chinatown on the Orange Line and reports service was halted around 4:20 p.m. when a man decided to go from one platform to the other by way of the tracks:
He walked down platform on NB side, jumped onto tracks, and walked across to SB side.
The T shut power as police got the trackwalker off the tracks - which turned... Read more
At 7:16 p.m., Courtney Webster checked in from the 6:10 p.m. Providence Line train, which, rather than approaching Providence, had spent most of that time sitting just outside Ruggles:
Finally have a rescue train.
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.