Around 8 a.m., Adam Kessel boarded an inbound Needham Line train only to find (again):
Bodies packed tight, including in vestibules between cars. Unsafe, uncomfortable. Illegal?
A few minutes later, he checked in from Ruggles:
Train just left Ruggles with dozens unable to deboard, trapped on train. No one around to hear shouts.
Somebody parked their formerly expensive car just a little too close to the tracks at the Needham Heights station this morning and a Needham Line train took exception and flipped that puppy upside down. One train was canceled and others were delayed, although things were mostly back on track by 8:20 a.m. or so.
Boston Magazine reports the shih-tzu lost a leg and about 40% of its blood after being hit between Roslindale Village and Forest Hills last Thursday, but is now recovering nicely as the MSPCA puts her up for adoption.
No, really. BranchDesign chronicled her commute this morning on the Little Line that Couldn't: The train that finally came was so crowded 40 people were standing just in her car and the conductor couldn't check tickets. Also:
Train so late that two women had one of their husband deliver Starbucks while waiting.
Ed. note: I've changed the headline on this post. Although it sounds like a good bet the kids in question were BLS students - they got off the same train that BLS students take - as people have noted in the comments, there is a chance they could go to some other school.
So many Boston Latin School students who live in Roslindale and West Roxbury board the 3 p.m. Needham train at Ruggles that the train's conductor sets aside two cars just for them.
This afternoon, an Asian-American BLS student who lives in West Roxbury got off the train, as she does most days, at the Lagrange Street stop. She reports what happened as she walked down Dent Street: Read more.
A concerned, and probably disgusted, citizen requested a cleanup around 1 p.m. at the Roslindale Village commuter-rail stop:
There is a large beheaded rooster next to the commuter rail tracks at the pedestrian crossing.
Trains that pass through Forest Hills are being forced to slow down due to Amtrak signal problems, the T reports.
City Councilors Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) and Michelle Wu (at large) want the T to publicly explain why people who use the Fairmount Line or who board the train at Forest Hills pay so much less than people who take commuter rail in from Roslindale and other parts of Hyde Park in particular. Read more.
City Councilors Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale and Mattapan) and Michelle Wu (at large) hope to hold a hearing at which MBTA officials can explain the differing fares for commuter-rail stations within Boston city limits - in particular at stations south of Forest Hills. Read more.
A tree in Roslindale proved unusually susceptible to gravity this afternoon, taking a quick plunge onto the Needham Line tracks and causing all sorts of grief for people who just want to get home after the long short week - as well as for people trying to get into town on the line.
Franklin and Needham Line service was shut for about 20 minutes as Boston Police pursued a burglary suspect who kept running across the train tracks south of Canterbury Street around 3 p.m. Officers swarmed both sides of the tracks for the suspect, who eventually tried to make good his escape through wooded yards on the Roslindale side - only to be caught by Transit Police officers who had arrived to help out.
Gus Coldebella reports a Needham Line conductor felt compelled to make this announcement this morning:
Please don't crawl under the train. It's dangerous. We'll wait for you to walk around.
Ed. note: Unlike other lines, the Needham Line only has one track, at least until Forest Hills.
State Rep. Ed Coppinger (West Roxbury) despaired of the state ever shoveling the Park Street bridge over the Needham Line. So tonight, he and a volunteer went out with shovels and dug a path so people don't have to worry about slipping and killing themselves on it.
MassDOT ignored - We deserve better.
Lagrange Street north just past Centre is currently blocked thanks to the latest big rig storrowed at the Needham Line bridge, Cottonmanifesto reports.
MassDOT says Saturday and Sunday service will start up again on the Kingston/Plymouth and Greenbush lines, while the Needham Line will gain back the Saturday service it lost two years ago.
The restored service starts Dec. 27, thanks in part to funding by the legislature.
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