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By - 3/28/14 - 8:25 am
Murray

Transit Police report arresting a Quincy man on charges he pretended to be a cop during an incident at the Quincy Center Red Line stop earlier this month.

According to police, Michael Murray, 33, went up to a car parked in the pick-up area at the station around 5:25 p.m. on March 17:

The suspect male went on to demand the victims produce identification

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By - 3/27/14 - 4:02 pm
Big-headed mascots and the MBTA

Photo of local and state officials and big heads by Eric Haynes, Governor's Office.

Late-night MBTA weekend service starts tomorrow night, with trains and select bus routes running until 3 a.m., as part of a year-long pilot to see if we really want later service on weekend nights.

More details.

By - 3/26/14 - 1:23 pm

The City Council voted today to urge the School Committee to hold off action on a proposal to eliminate school buses for 4,500 middle-school students until it can undergo more study.

City councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury), who sponsored the unanimously approved motion, said making seventh and eighth graders take the T to school instead of traditional school buses could expose them to far more danger... Read more

By - 3/25/14 - 6:17 pm
Crammed in at South Station on the Red Line

David Finnerty had some time to get to know fellow riders at South Station.

A train died at Downtown Crossing around 5:30 p.m., as of 6:15 p.m., riders trying to head south were still being thwarted.

Mike Long reports his train just sat outside Charles/MGH for 10 minutes before finally pulling in.

Party Orca surveyed the human gridlock at Downtown Crossing:

Traffic onto the Red Line southbound at DTX is backed up to the escalator to Orange

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By - 3/25/14 - 3:38 pm

The Globe has the details - starts with a 10-cent increase for a single subway ride.

By - 3/24/14 - 7:55 am

The Globe reports that Hyundai-Rotem, the company that delivered new commuter-rail coaches that the T isn't happy with, plans to bid on the $1-billion project to replace superannuated Orange and Red Line trains.

A company official said the commuter-rail coaches proved harder than expected to deliver in part because the American workers they had to hire kinda sucked, even after company officials learned ... Read more

By - 3/23/14 - 8:23 pm
Government Center MBTA station under construction

The current Government Center bunker, um, T stop went up in the early 1960s as part of the transformation of Scollay Square into Government Center.

In the photo above, from Boston City Archives' Government Center photo set, note the parking lot where Center Plaza would go across Cambridge Street. In this view, you'll see the answer to the chicken-egg question of... Read more

By - 3/22/14 - 10:12 am
Government Center graffiti

ElmerCat catalogued the fond graffiti people left on the walls of the Government Center T stop in the hours before it shut for a two-year re-do.

Copyright ElmerCat. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 3/21/14 - 1:49 pm
Scollary Square sign at Government Center

Photo by MBTA.

Workers today carefully removed the "Scollay Under" tiled sign from a Blue Line wall at the Government Center station today. The T reports it'll be put in storage and then replastered to a wall in the renovated station when it opens in two years.

By - 3/21/14 - 12:30 pm

A couple days ago, we considered an incident at Stony Brook involving a fat-shaming doofus and the woman he made cry.

A man who says he also watched the incident unfold explains why crying lady wasn't exactly Miss Innocent, that, in fact, she had been subtly tormenting the guy and an older woman she sat between from Downtown Crossing all the way into... Read more

By - 3/21/14 - 11:07 am
Government Center MBTA station

Paul Nutting provides a last glimpse of the Government Center T stop before it shuts tomorrow for two years of renovation work that will transform the1960s bomb shelter into a sleek glass paean to modern transportation - but one without popcorn.

By - 3/21/14 - 9:35 am
Anime Boston on the Green Line

Anime Boston has arrived at the Hynes. Matt Karolian, who took this photo, reports:

This guy's face sums up all my feels as a commuter this morning with Anime Boston in town.

By - 3/19/14 - 5:45 pm
State Street crowding

Tim Lawrence shows us the scene at State Street around 5:20 p.m., where trains are being slowed by recalcitrant switches.

Oh, and by the way: Government Center shuts for two years this week.

By - 3/19/14 - 2:11 pm

Before he left the train, hipster dude went up to a woman and told her to lose weight. Alison, who saw the victim burst into tears after vaguely Macklemorish dude swaggered off, pens an angry Missed Connection that you shouldn't read if you're prone to vapors:

I asked her what you said---and in between sobs she goes, "he said 'Have some respect for

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By - 3/18/14 - 8:11 pm

It's not even in the top five best fare-evasion tricks on that beknighted line, Sons of Franky Cabot says, not when you have examples like the guy in the restroom, whom a conductor patiently waited for:

When asked for a ticket, the guy claimed he was on the previous train into Boston, experienced a “seve-ah diarrhea attack” and couldn’t dethrone in time for the

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By - 3/18/14 - 12:19 pm
Botelho

Transit Police report arresting an Arlington man last night for an incident on an inbound Orange Line train they say started with him hurling insults at two women and escalated to him trying to rob them, spitting at them and waving his fists at them.

Police say a male passenger managed to get ahold of Richard Botelho, 43, and keep him from moving until... Read more

By - 3/17/14 - 3:29 pm

For the second time in three months, a federal judge has said the company that manages advertising for the T did nothing to violate the First Amendment in rejecting an ad from a New Hampshire group that compares Palestinians to savages.

Only this time, Judge Nathaniel Gorton signaled he's getting a little sick of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which sued the T a second... Read more

By - 3/17/14 - 9:24 am

Unlucky Worcester Line riders, specifically those on the 582 and 506 trains, were not happy campers when they finally pulled into South Station this morning. Dave reports the 582, which had a locomotive that expired mid-route, was an hour and 47 minutes late, while the 506, which was hitched up to the 582 to push it into town, was 53 minutes late.

To... Read more

By - 3/16/14 - 8:08 pm

Download a copy and look at the times for last trains on Fridays and Saturdays (scroll down a page).

By - 3/14/14 - 9:52 pm
Suspects in attacks on Red Line at Broadway

Davis, Joyce and Mullen. Photos by Transit Police.

Transit Police report arresting two South Boston residents and a Dorchester man on charges they beat a man on a Red Line train and two women who tried to come to his aid on Sunday.

Police add they obtained an arrest warrant for another South Boston man for his alleged role in the attacks on a train entering Broadway station.

Michael Davis, 36,... Read more

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