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By - 4/11/14 - 11:51 am

Rachel Paiste asks:

Why are the escalators at Government Center constantly running when the station is closed? Seems like a waste of energy & $$

By - 4/10/14 - 11:46 am

Rev. Bruce Wall was on BNN's "Codman Square Update" yesterday and discussed the whole Keolis invoice thing, says a) his name was only on the invoice because he was head of a community group aimed at promoting diversity in commuter-rail hiring but that he had nothing to do with its creation or delivery - that's Eugene Rivers's doing - but that b)

Technically, what the

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By - 4/10/14 - 10:28 am
Old tracks

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out when and where this photo was taken. See it larger.

By - 4/10/14 - 8:52 am
Wanted man

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.... Read more

By - 4/9/14 - 6:58 pm
Roasted chicken

A concerned citizen complains about the stuff he or she is forever finding on a bench along the 44 bus route on Walnut Avenue in Roxbury:

This time it's a whole roasted chicken. BTW the 44 is so slow I think the chicken was alive when it started waiting.

By - 4/9/14 - 8:29 am

Adrian Walker has the bizarre story of the $105,000 invoice Eugene Rivers handed an executive at the company the state recently hired to run commuter rail. Bruce Wall allows as how his name is on the invoice even though he says he thought the idea of billing the company for services not rendered a bit odd.... Read more

By - 4/7/14 - 10:46 am
Inside the Government Center station

The T forwards this photo of the spot on the Government Center Green Line platform where the Dunkin' Donuts used to be as workers continue to tear apart the station as part of a two-year overhaul.

Also, the T reports workers uncovered another 100-year-old tile Scollay Under sign on one of the Blue Line platforms:

The goal is to keep it in place, and

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By - 4/5/14 - 5:52 pm

Around 5:30 p.m. Service was stopped between Back Bay and Jackson Square as firefighters worked to get the person out.

Photos from the scene.

By - 4/4/14 - 2:50 pm

Keytar Pre-Bear? Nat Tarbox took this in 2012.

Boston Magazine gives us an idea of the man behind the fur. Unlike other bears, he plans to hibernate over the summer. And he hates schoolkids.

By - 4/3/14 - 3:41 pm

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April 10 is the first public meeting on the Mass Pike Realignment -- a $260 million project to straighten the Pike in Allston. This will be a great project for drivers going through Allston. We need your help to make sure it's a great project for those of us living, walking, running and cycling in Allston.

Together, let's make this more... Read more

By - 4/3/14 - 11:19 am

Ed. note: I'm still not 100% convinced this is not a left-over April Fool's joke. But I learned about it through an ad in my Facebook news feed last night, and who actually spends money on a prank?

Bridj says it's getting up to launch an alternative to the T that will feature limo buses with plush seats, "an attendant who can provide you... Read more

By - 4/3/14 - 7:43 am

An outbound train breathed its last at Harvard Square around 7 a.m., causing non-expired trains to back up all the way down the line to Quincy.

Ashley stunned us:

I've been riding the T for 26 years and this is my first ever disabled train. I feel like I'm finally a real Bostonian!

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By - 4/1/14 - 5:32 pm

Transit Police report the arrest of Casey Kolenda, 27, on charges he used a magnetic-strip reader to create hundreds of bogus $70 Link Passes starting sometime last year.

According to police:

Authorities identified multiple monthly Link Passes that were purchased legitimately and subsequently used to create hundreds of forged tickets used by riders.

Authorities allege that Kolenda orchestrated a scheme to fraudulently

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By - 4/1/14 - 10:02 am

Shortly after 9 a.m., it seems, fare machines at Red and Green Line stations stopped accepting credit and debit cards, hosing monthly passholders who thought they could just waltz right in, replenish their cards and get on the T.

Just in case riders failed to appreciate the humor of the situation, the T stationed a particularly jocular CSA at Davis, according to Sweetadelinevt:

So

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By - 3/31/14 - 7:59 pm
Packards Corner MBTA tracks

After just 45 years, the T has disconnected the last vestige of the A Line from the B Line at Packards Corner. Steve Burns photographed the new switchless curve where trolleys could formerly head towards Watertown.

By - 3/31/14 - 8:46 am
Red Line antics

Dan Meade reports on riding all four subway lines (and the Silver Line) on their first two nights of extended weekend service:

2:31 AM – On the Red Line, the “Boston T Party” runs into another crew celebrating the late night service. A light gymnastics competition ensues.

Photo copyright Dan Meade. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 3/30/14 - 8:23 pm
Keytar Bear at Downtown Crossing

Nahani Otien reports Keytar Bear was killing it tonight at Downtown Crossing.

By - 3/29/14 - 1:17 pm

Ari floats the idea of a short elevated atop Cambridge Street to complete the fabled Red/Blue connector - an idea currently gathering dust on some state shelf due to its cost.

Key to his plan: A portal, filled in decades ago, that once let trolleys go into a tunnel that ultimately led to another tunnel under the harbor to East Boston: The portal, several... Read more

By - 3/29/14 - 6:45 am
Late night at Park Street. Photo by MBTA.

Late night at Park Street. Photo by MBTA.

Walkingbostonian reports on the first night of extra weekend service on the T:

B train totally crushed, busier than rush hour, after 2 am, and we had to leave many people behind on all the platforms.

Packing them in.

ElmerCat also rode the early-morning rails:

More people than I expected taking Ⓣ after 2 am tonight. Lots of people dancing on the

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