Oh, hey, it's Friday rush hour, so naturally a Red Line train got out a couple of old tokens to pay the ferryman, down at JFK/UMass, and now the entire line has slowed to a crawl and riders are grumbling the inevitable cracks about imagining what service will be like during the Olympics.
Marta C. captured the visage that woke her up at the JFK/UMass Red Line stop this morning.
State Police, with assistance from their Boston counterparts, are investigating how a man got shot tonight in a car on Old Colony Avenue near the footbridge to Moakley Park. The victim got himself to Boston Medical Center around 9:30 p.m.- where not long after, security guards found a car parked outside with bullet holes.
This was about an hour after another man was stabbed outside the JFK/UMass T stop.
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 then Indecently Assaulted her. The victim was able to point out the suspect who was still inside the station.
Transit Police report this video, taken at JFK/UMass last Wednesday, shows a bicycle thief thinking he's making an easy score when he finds a bike not locked to a bike rack - only to learn it has a wheel lock.
Please secure your bicycles!
Transit Police report that when a woman dropped her wallet on an inbound Red Line train between JFK/UMass and Broadway on March 27, this guy:
Intentionally sat on her wallet to conceal it. The subject fled with the wallet at Broadway MBTA Station.
If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or text an anonymous tip to 873873.
NECN weatherman Matt Noyes received an unusual plea: A woman who had just bought a bag of rare coffee beans as a gift for her husband lost them on the Red Line yesterday and is seeking their return:
Yesterday at 4pm during rush hour a polite passenger traveling south on the redline from Kendall Square stood up to give an older woman her seat. At JFK the polite passenger got off the train leaving behind a brown paper grocery bag with $100 of rare coffee bean inside. 8 bags of small batch rare coffee bean from the FlatWhite. Mostly rare coffee bean from Africa and Ethiopia.
He says the woman even tried to catch up with the train at Braintree with no luck.
Ed. note: FlatWhite and not Flat Black?
Signal problems mean the dreaded "severe" delays on the Red Line between Harvard and JFK/UMass this morning.
That has to be a new record... Took 45 minutes to get from Davis Square to Kendall Square.
Dead trains at JFK/UMass and Harvard creating all sorts of fun for commuters this morning.
Various commuter-rail lines into North Station also having various issues. The Fitchburg Line has major delays because the 6:55 train hit somebody near Snake Hill Road in Ayer. The MBTA reports the person's injuries are not considered life threatening.
Transit and Boston Police and EMTs responded to the busway at JFK/UMass around 10:40 p.m., where a man showed up sliced in the throat and chest, although not life-threateningly so. Transit Police report he was stabbed off T property, but wound up there.
UPDATE, 5:30 p.m. Problems persist - The Braintree-bound are being told to take any train they can jam into to JFK for a shuttle bus.
At South Station, Kate Birney reports:
just got pulled off braintree to alewife & routed to an ashmont car that’s not moving!
You get a delay! And you get a delay! And you get a delay!
Trains lapsed into unconsciousness on the Red Line and the C, D and E trolley lines. But the Orange Line saved the worst for last: A dead train at Ruggles that sat there for nearly 20 minutes before operators got the idea to get the train behind it to push it out of the way a little after 9 a.m.
Anna Lawless was on the pusher train:
After sitting outside Ruggles for 20 mins, we seem to be pushing the disabled train ahead of us.
JFK/UMass. The alert went out around 5:50 a.m.
A man apparently breaking into a car outside 97 Baxter Street in South Boston around 4 a.m. was interrupted by police officers, who began running after him.
He then jumped into one of their cruisers and floored it, hitting at least two of them, sending them to the hospital with minor injuries, a source says. They got off several shots at the fleeing car, but didn't hit him. A few minutes later, he crashed into a guard rail by the JFK/UMass T stop. Police then nabbed him, placed him under arrest and put him in another cruiser - in the back, in handcuffs.
UPDATE: Boston Police identify the suspect as Wilfredo Rodriguez, 37, of South Boston. He faces a variety of charges.
Transit Police report arresting Christopher Broxton, 36, of Quincy, on charges he grabbed money out of a Red Line rider's hands at JFK/UMass on Monday.
A concerned citizen pleads for action:
UPDATE: Arrest made.
Transit Police report they are looking for a man who went up to somebody counting money on the Red Line platform around 9:40 p.m. on Monday, grabbed the money, then fled up the stairs to Columbia Road.
Photos and video after the jump, but first a fun little game: Guess the guy's race.
UPDATE: A second Red Line train died at Alewife; another Green Line trolley gave up the ghost, bollxing up outbound C and E service. Commuter rail? You don't want to know.
In this young year, the Red Line is now 2 for 2 in morning-commute delays due to dead trains, this time at JFK/UMass, but today has the extra bonus of delays due to "weather-related issues."
Meghan C. reports it took her 75 minutes to get from Braintree to MGH.