The Riverside downtime was apparently scheduled. The downed wire on the B line at Kenmore, though? On the weekend that BU is graduating? Totally unplanned, natch. Totally chaotic as the T brought in buses for service between Copley and Kenmore - with extra bus service for B riders to Blandford. Take a look at the scene in Copley around 9 p.m.
A.M. UPDATE: The river actually dropped overnight, but as of 5:45 a.m., was rising again and was back to 11.5 feet.
USGS data shows the Muddy River rapidly climbing the height ladder today. If it gets to 15 feet, the MBTA will haul out the large wooden boards and the sandbags and blockade the tunnel the Riverside Line uses to get into and out of Kenmore station.
Jeff Tamagini reports a run-in at Kenmore this morning with an MBTA supervisor unaware that the authority allows photography in stations:
Boston University Police report a woman waiting for the elevator in the basement of 725 Commonwealth Ave. was indecently assaulted around 1:50 p.m. on Jan. 20 by a guy who looks like this who then took the elevator to the third floor.
If he looks familiar, contact BU Police at (617) 353-2110 or 353-2121.
Emily Sweeney updates us on everybody's favorite trolley cat.
The Kenmore Square burger joint is OK this morning, but a kitchen in an apartment above it is a bit of a mess: A stove fire brought firefighters racing to the scene last night, although sprinklers had mostly doused the flames by the time they got there, the Daily Free Press reports.
The Traveling Wheelchair reviews Kenmore Square:
...Once safely on the brick sidewalk, I found it plenty wide enough and fairly easy to wheel on the bricks. As we were about to cross the street at a pedestrian sidewalk, we were pleased to see there is a map with Braille for the blind to read; and the crosswalk made of brick which provides contrast and is easy to see if you are visually impaired like me. I like it because the brick will always stand out and not fade as painted white lines do. ...
Boston Police tweet somebody had their face sliced with a knife on Comm. Ave. in the square late Friday night.
New footprint; click for larger version.
Construction begins next summer on a $500-million project across from Fenway Park that will replace a non-descript parking lot and aging commuter-rail station with new housing and offices - some built on a deck across the turnpike - and a large new train station, developer John Rosenthal and city and state officials said today.
Sara Drummond tweets this morning:
T stopped so abruptly woman slid 3 seats. Stuck just before Kenmore [outbound] on green line. Maint working on train.
UPDATE: The Globe reported on Dec. 7 that a worker finally captured the cat and that a trolley driver took him home.
Boston Biker reports there's a meeting at 6 p.m. today (yes, today) at the BPL main branch in Copley Square - and that, as you might expect, Back Bay doyens and doyennes will oppose the plan.
The Boston Fire Department tweeted last night:
Incident Response: Tech Rescue response for Barnes & Noble bookstore at 660 Beacon St. Kenmore Square. at 11:22pm.
Incident Update: Small one foot square piece of morter fell to sidewalk. No injuries. Turned building over to BU (owner) to secure. 12:30 am
Final Incident Update: Six story building. Morter fell from top. BU will have engineer check further in the morning. Sidewalk closed for now