Two men got into a fight on an outbound Orange Line train approaching North Station shortly before 12:30 p.m. The loser got punched in the eye; the winner fled out the station and onto the street, where he melted away into the crowds.
A man who likes to carry a brick is scheduled for arraignment today on charges he beat a man at North Station - and tried to push him on the commuter-rail tracks - after finding out the victim was from Mexico, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
An Orange Line train stopped breathing at North Station; the T says the train is gone and the commute is back to normal, but some riders disagree:
Been at state for 20 mins. 1 very over crowded train only!!
UPDATE: Bail set at $5,000, but he won't be going anywhere because a Boston Municipal Court judge revoked his bail on an unrelated Malden case, per the Suffolk County DA's office. Should he get out, he has to stay away from Sarah, currently limping but in stable condition at Angell.
At 1:35 p.m., the MBTA sent out this tweet:
Lowell Train 319 (1:15 pm outbound) is operating 15-25 minutes behind schedule between North Station and Lowell due to terminal congestion.
keeping their trains running on time. They apparently don't even know the correct order of the stations they are supposed to stop at.
All trains have 10 to 15 minute delays per the station PA announcements. No phone alerts about this, but just got a reminder alert about the July fare increases - ugh!
The Herald reports Keolis estimates the T loses $35 million a year in unpaid commuter-rail fares and wants to spend $10 million on new gates at North, South and Back Bay stations. No word on how much is lost on overcrowded trains that conductors can't get through to check tickets.
The T itself, meanwhile, wants to hire private contractors to make sure people don't sneak on the back of Green Line trolleys.
Encountered this earlier this morning. WTF, given that the "roof" doesn't connect to anything.
This is getting more and more bizarre.
Looks like the covered walkway at North Station is already being dismantled.
UPDATE: The Globe reports police have video that appears to show Marr falling into the river.
A Boston Police dive team and other searchers have returned to the Charles River near North Station, where crews searched last week for evidence related to the disappearance of Zachary Marr, last seen outside the Bell in Hand and the Boston Public Market on Feb. 13. Read more.
Just got these alerts from the T within about 30 seconds of each other:
Delay: Haverhill Train 219 (6:20 pm from North Station) is stopped at Melrose Highlands due to a vehicle on the tracks near Greenwood Station.
Delay: Haverhill Train 274 (6:38 pm inbound) will depart Reading Station behind schedule due to a vehicle on the tracks near Greenwood Station.
Wonder if the driver was related to that woman in Andover Sunday morning, or was just another person putting blind faith in their GPS.
Delays of ten minutes on all Reading/Haverhill, Fitchburg, and Lowell departures. No reason given though.
Sdconnor shows us the scene at North Station around 5:30 p.m.:
People pushing through the crowd of delayed passengers to get to trains.
Weber King got caught in the "total chaos" exiting the first Garden event since the T entrance on that side of Causeway closed, forcing thousands of people to cross the street to get to the subway:
Yeah, this isn't gong to work, at all. Need a plan B ASAP.
I like how they removed the phrase 'three year duration' and replaced it with "completion in December 2018". Technically the same information, but sounds like " we hope most people will gloss over it and not do the math".
Passengers of the Green and Orange Line's "super station" at North Station have an underground walkway that exits immediately adjacent to the TD North Garden and the North Station commuter rail concourse. People are only exposed to the elements for about 50 feet or so when making this transition.
However the MBTA has quietly announced that this portal which runs under Causeway Street is closing on January 2 to accommodate construction of the new development next to TD North which is now a parking lot, and the former footprint of the original Boston Garden. Read more.
MassDOT and the MBTA today withdrew impending changes to the schedules of North Station commuter-rail line, saying they will come up with new proposed schedules next month to go into effect this spring - after public comment. Read more.
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