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By - 3/19/15 - 8:38 am
Black-clad dancers in Boston's South Station

There are some things you just shouldn't be seeing first thing in the morning at South Station, and Serena Tang reports this group of black-clad symbolic cats is one of them. And she reports they could sense her get-away-from-me-ness:

They started meowing at me.

By - 3/19/15 - 7:32 am

The MBTA reports that with the addition of some Green Line cars this morning, all four subway lines are now back at their normal car numbers for the first time since Jan. 22. The T reports that Green Line maintenance crews "have been working around the clock to restore service to pre-blizzard levels."

Commuter rail? Well, that's another matter.

By - 3/18/15 - 4:18 pm
Rebuilt Green Line trolley

MassDOT reports it's started accepting delivery of the first of 86 Type 7 trolleys being rebuilt in a factory in upstate New York.

The cars, which went into service in 1986 and 1987, were nearing the end of their intended lifespans. Unlike with Orange and Red Line cars that are now well past theirs, the state was able to find a company willing to rehab... Read more

By - 3/18/15 - 9:32 am

After seeing Alex Wheeler's photo of Green Line parking skill, the judges have closed this week's round.

By - 3/17/15 - 9:58 pm
Exploded water main above Green Line in Brookline Hills

The Green Line's newest water feature.

Update, Wednesday, 6:20 a.m. The MBTA reports the D Line is back in service.

Grace Holley reports tonight from Brookline Hills, where a loud explosion shortly after 8:30 p.m. was followed by a torrential waterfall from a newly burst water main right above the tracks.

Normally I love water rides but this is a nightmare.

A second Green Line train approached waterfall but went

... Read more
By - 3/17/15 - 3:14 pm

A Braintree man admitted today he walked across the tracks from one platform to the other at Andrew Square station on Sunday - narrowly avoiding getting flattened by a train entering the station at the same time.

In exchange, a South Boston Municipal Court judge continued Patrik Finnerty's trespassing case for three months, during which he has to perform 25 hours of community service... Read more

By - 3/17/15 - 10:00 am

TransitMatters reports on an advisory the T has sent to its corporate customers.

Tim Lawrence adds:

Corporate pre-tax MBTA passes will be getting the 15% discount. It's your employer's responsibility to adjust your contribution.

By - 3/16/15 - 1:51 pm
Guy walking across tracks at Andrew station in South Boston

Surveillance photos via TPD.

UPDATE, 3:15 p.m., Tuesday: Finnerty found, shows up in court, has case continued without a finding pending three-month period.

UPDATE: Warrant issued for his arrest after he failed to show up at his arraignment, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Transit Police report arresting a Braintree lad who, on finding himself on the inbound platform at Andrew last night, allegedly thought the... Read more

By - 3/16/15 - 11:13 am

"Keep your cars out of our backyard" says BU President Brown

The Boston Globe reported today that in exchange for an $8M contribution to build the West Station commuter rail station adjacent to its campus, Boston University sought "enforceable language prohibiting the use of BU's West Campus as a route for buses or other vehicular traffic to carry commuters to or from West Station."

If a new commuter rail station is going to be built... Read more

By - 3/15/15 - 6:34 pm

Transit Police report somebody who didn't belong in the Cabot train yard off Dorchester Avenue was hit and killed by a train about 5:45 p.m.

Police say the man was about 25. Foul play is not suspected.

By - 3/12/15 - 3:49 pm

CommonWealth Magazine gets ahold of a letter from the company's then chief executive to T officials asking them to stop trying to scare off his candidates for chief maintenance officer, a position that went unfilled for months last year.

The letter said part of the delay in finding a chief maintenance officer was caused by T officials pressuring Keolis to hire the person who

... Read more
By - 3/12/15 - 3:44 pm
Installing glass at the new Government Center subway station

Mike Kix watched workers installing the roof of the revamped Government Center T stop today.

By - 3/12/15 - 3:04 pm

Keolis today released a list of trains it says will start running again on Monday as it works to restore full service by the end of the month. The new trains should bring commuter rail back to about 75% of its pre-snow schedule.

By - 3/12/15 - 9:21 am

Updated with arraignment info.

A Boston Municipal Court judge issued an arrest warrant today for Homer Henderson, 52, of Roxbury, when he failed to show up to face a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - his spit - in an incident on a 1 bus at Mass. Ave. and Washington Street on Dec. 20, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.... Read more

By - 3/11/15 - 7:17 pm

WBUR reports the MassDOT board of directors voted today to make the system free on April 24 to make up for the recent snow-related unpleasantries.

But don't worry, you monthly pass buyers about to rant about how that does nothing for you: The board also voted to give monthly pass buyers a 15% discount on May passes.... Read more

By - 3/11/15 - 5:26 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved a formal request to the MBTA to make its Friday and Saturday late-night service permanent.

Councilors Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill) and Michelle Wu (at large), who proposed the motion, acknowledged that keeping the service running will require what Zakim called "very creative and thoughtful" ways to pay for it, including possibly a surcharge for... Read more

By - 3/11/15 - 2:02 pm

Transit Police report arresting Marc Meadowcroft, 19, of Revere, today on charges he defaced two old trolleys sitting on an unused track at Boylston station last year by spraying them with his tag of "CIGA."

Meadowcroft now faces 14 counts of felony tagging in Boston Municipal Court, police say.

Despite the widespread publicity over the incident and the arrest warrant issued for... Read more

By - 3/10/15 - 9:16 am

A UHub eye in the sky forwarded a photo of South Huntington Avenue in Jamaica Plain, where an inbound 39 bus got jammed by a car parked by a snowbank near the VA entrance, jamming up traffic in both directions.

By - 3/9/15 - 6:15 pm

Some kind of switch problem is wreaking all kinds of havoc at North Station this afternoon. Or as Sue puts it:

I got 99 problems and all of them seem to be switch issues at North Station.

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