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By - 2/8/14 - 5:41 pm

A group that couldn't get a federal judge to force the MBTA to run ads calling Palestinians "savages" has filed another federal lawsuit trying to get the judge to force the MBTA to run a similar ad.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative filed its second suit in US District Court in Boston yesterday after the T's ad agency agreed to modify its original ad,... Read more

By - 2/7/14 - 3:17 pm

Transit Police report 25 cases since Jan. 1 of electronic devices being stolen from T riders, in particular, Apple devices and on the Red Line.

Although that number is not much higher than the 23 thefts reported in the same period last year, police say "Apple picking" has become a thing - and that of the 25 thefts, 15 have been on the Red... Read more

By - 2/7/14 - 7:53 am

T workers tell Anthony Tulliani he can't take pictures on the T even though T policy says you can take pictures on the T.

Separately, T workers got a memo this week that they can't sleep on the job.

By - 2/6/14 - 2:04 pm
Forest Hills bus timer

The new bus countdown signboard. Photo by MBTA.

Around 1 p.m., the MBTA turned on a new electronic signboard at Forest Hills to alert bus riders when their bus is due at the station.

In a statement, T General Manager Beverly Scott says:

I've often said our buses are the work horses of our system, serving more than 375,000 people on a typical weekday. The countdown signs at our busiest bus stops will

... Read more
By - 2/6/14 - 12:04 pm

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy who "indecently assaulted two female patrons" on an inbound E train between Longwood and Copley around 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 15.

Tips to 617-222-1050; text anonymous tips to 873873.

By - 2/6/14 - 9:19 am
Trying to get on a train to Lechmere

By all accounts, the T ran pretty well yesterday. Today? Well, Kyle Geiste explains this photo he took at North Station:

Lechmere-bound platform at North Station. 3-4 trains have passed us. There must be a better way.

It is, naturally, even worse on the Red Line, where trains took a break from expiring yesterday, but picked up where they left off today. As ... Read more

By - 2/5/14 - 4:35 pm

or is the MBTA really getting too lazy with their alerts. Case in point:

Haverhill Line cancelled due to mechanical problem. Next outbound service, Train 227 @ 4:30 pm.

Affected direction: outbound

Last updated: Feb 5 2014 4:06 PM

I presume the cancelled train was the 3:50 to Reading, but it would be nice to be actually informed of that fact.... Read more

By - 2/4/14 - 4:53 pm
The line at the CharlieCard store in Downtown Crossing

Around noontime, Kerry Tubbs photographed the line at the CharlieCard store in Downtown Crossing, where dreams go to die all the people whose CharlieCards expired on Friday have to go to get their remaining value transferred to fresh new cards that don't expire until 2021.

Meanwhile, Red Line riders are queuing up in novel places at South Station this afternoon because the traditional stairway... Read more

By - 2/4/14 - 7:38 am

Such as the inbound train that left this mortal coil this morning at Wollaston.

Meanwhile, Jose Duca reports his Worcester Line train got into South Station at 8 a.m. He started at Southboro at 5:20 a.m.

By - 2/3/14 - 10:37 pm

When a 24-year-old with a heart condition went into cardiac arrest and collapsed last week, an MBTA worker who knows CPR kept him going until an ambulance could arrive to get him to the hospital.

The T says that Kevin Bossart collapsed, fell down the stairs and struck his head. When station Customer Service Agent Karen Kane, she rushed to get a co-worker, Tomas Gonzalez,... Read more

By - 2/3/14 - 5:54 pm

An inbound train passed to the other side at Broadway; another train developed door issues at Charles/MGH.

Shawn Whitlock reports:

Just took 20 min to go from Broadway T stop to South Station. That's ONE stop. Bravo, MBTA, bravo!

By - 2/3/14 - 1:51 pm

Yes, the darn things expire, as we learned on the fifth anniversary of the Charlie system. But it seems like quite a few people are reporting their CharlieCards have expired over the past couple of days.

Kait reports from the CharlieCard store in Downtown Crossing:

Anyone dealing with their expired CharlieCard now, beware. Many angry people (both customers & employees),

... Read more
By - 2/3/14 - 9:20 am
Williams

Transit Police report arresting a man who was flaunting what he had early this morning on a platform at Back Bay station - and then charging him for failing to register as a Level 3 sex offender.

Police report officers went down to the platform around 12:30 a.m. on a report of "a man exposing himself and committing a lewd act."

Daniel Williams,... Read more

By - 2/2/14 - 10:55 am
Car crash by trolley tracks in Brighton

Diego T. captured the aftermath of a crash near 1500 Comm. Ave. around 10:30 a.m.

By - 1/31/14 - 3:49 pm
Tired boy

Literally. Boston Magazine reports that for the second time this week, a T customer whipped out a handy camera to snap a photo of what sure appeared to be a sleeping T worker.

By - 1/31/14 - 8:39 am

A man arrested for masturbating at the Hynes Green Line stop on Jan. 16 was arrested again yesterday for an incident last year in which the same woman reportedly saw him doing the same thing at the same spot in the same station last March..

Transit Police reported arresting Salah Koutaiby, 49 of East Boston for open and gross lewdness after a woman waiting... Read more

By - 1/30/14 - 1:17 pm

Boston Metro reports a transportation financing bill now wending through the legislature would rename the terminal the Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at South Station.

It would be a fitting tribute for the former trolley-riding governor and one-time Amtrak board member, both for his longstanding support for public transit in general and because, as governor, he stopped the BRA from tearing down... Read more

By - 1/30/14 - 9:09 am

At 8:41 a.m., State Police reported:

RT 90 EB, east of Prudential Tunnel, 2 MBTA buses collide.One driver injured, right lane closed.Traffic delays

In addition to the driver, three passengers were taken to Tufts Medical Center, State Police say. Uninjured passengers were transferred to another bus for the rest of their journey.

The T reports the crash is responsible for minor delays on the... Read more

By - 1/30/14 - 7:25 am

Around 6:45 a.m. inbound on the Braintree side of the world.

Also, there's a switch problem slowing things down outbound on the Worcester Line.

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