The T

By - 6/16/14 - 3:36 pm

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

By - 6/14/14 - 6:48 pm
Dabrikas

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

By - 6/13/14 - 7:03 pm

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

By - 6/13/14 - 5:53 pm
Reserved seating on the Red Line

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?

By - 6/13/14 - 4:31 pm

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

By - 6/11/14 - 7:30 pm

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.

By - 6/11/14 - 8:38 am
Crowded platform at Davis

Riders sigh and stew at Davis. Photo by David McFadden.

Nothing like a dead train inbound at Davis to make for a fun morning commute.

By - 6/10/14 - 5:53 pm

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.

By - 6/10/14 - 5:21 pm

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

By - 6/10/14 - 3:13 pm

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

By - 6/9/14 - 9:40 pm

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

By - 6/9/14 - 11:59 am
Fields Corner MBTA tattoo

Adam Myerson shows off his love of Dorchester and the Red Line with his tatted ode to Fields Corner station.

Thie original sign (which still stands on Dot. Ave.)

The other side of his leg.

More folks with T tattoos.... Read more

By - 6/9/14 - 9:03 am

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
By - 6/9/14 - 8:22 am
Dead train at Mansfield

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
By - 6/6/14 - 9:45 pm

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.

Transit Police report he stabbed a man and a woman. Both were taken to... Read more

By - 6/6/14 - 9:32 pm

A bird met its demise this evening on the front of a speeding outbound Amtrak train just north of Hyde Park station. The train came to a halt - at first it was unclear if the train had hit a person or a bird, until first responders found a large number of feathers embedded in the train. Service on both Amtrak and MBTA commuter-rail... Read more

By - 6/5/14 - 9:34 am

Bex inquired this morning about the walkway at the Orange Line station:

Who do I talk to about the spiders in the Wellington catwalk? because OH MY GOD I'VE NEVER RUN SO FAST.

When asked whether the issue was lots of regular spiders or just one mutant refugee from a nuclear experiment gone horribly awry, she replied:

BOTH! Millions of HUGE, hairy, scary spiders.

... Read more
By - 6/5/14 - 8:56 am
State Street being evacuated

Orange Line riders after the boom. Photo by Chuck Giroux.

UPDATED with latest info from the T.

Around 8:50 a.m., an inbound Orange Line train pulled into State Street and there was a large "bang." Chuck Giroux photographed people rushing out of the station.

Although initial reports seemed to indicate the train had hit part of a fallen light fixture on the tracks, a T spokesman says the bang came from the subway... Read more

By - 6/4/14 - 1:36 pm

Transit Police report two people were stabbed around 12:45 p.m. on the Ashmont platform at Shawmut, in an incident that might have started as a dispute on an Orange Line train.

Police report neither victim stuck around for police or EMTs. One was found on Leslie Street, several blocks east of Dorchester Avenue; the other on Dorchester Avenue near Welles Avenue, also several... Read more

By - 6/4/14 - 8:27 am

UPDATE: Passenger Sara DiBari reports the train got back underway around 9:30 a.m.

An inbound train hit somebody just past the train station around 8:20 a.m.

Jennifer Lombardi, on the train - the 7:35 a.m. out of Worcester - reports conductors were asking if anybody on the train speaks Portuguese (downtown Framingham has a large Brazilian community).

Sara DiBari, also on the train,... Read more

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