to "maximize " non fare revenue has apparently failed. Waiting at North Station tonight, I noted that the overhead LED billboards have been removed, and that the backlit post-mounted ones have had the ads removed and are shut off.
Wonder if the new GM has already figured out it's a futile effort to hire a contractor that sells ad space to companies (Qualcomm and Shire) to promote products that your patrons can't directly buy.
Harvard Kennedy School researchers tried to figure out the cost of a North-South rail link, find it would be between roughly $3.8 billion for a single-tunnel, two-track layout and $5.9 billion for a higher-capacity system with two tunnels and four tracks. Read more.
A woman wearing a head scarf on the Orange Line came under attack Monday night by a man who started screaming anti-Muslim slurs at her and hit her in the back with an umbrella before using his fists and feet to knock out a window, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
Melissa shows us the board at North Station this fine rush hour.
North Station is so crowded with people trying to get on a commuter-rail train out of town that officials have shut the doors to the station. Meanwhile, people are continuing to pile up outside, so much so that Boston Police have shut Causeway Street to keep all those people safe.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m. The T will run buses instead of trolleys between North Station and Lechmere for the rest of Friday as it works to fix the signal problems.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays due to an Orange Line train that kicked the bucket somewhere between North Station and Ruggles. And signal problems on the Green Line at North Station mean it might take you less time to walk between there and Lechmere.
An Orange Line train gave up the ghost between North Station and Community College and now people are stacking up with no place to go. Courtney Hayes reports:
A train broke down between north station & community college, 20+ mins waiting for a train to push it into CC.
Transit Police will step up patrols in North Station and Boston Garden security guards will no longer be allowed to eject the homeless from the train station following the Globe's report on how some security guards apparently took out their aggressions on homeless people in the station.
The Globe reports on aggressive security measures against homeless people in North Station, including a Dec. 9 incident in which surveillance video apparently shows a guard smashing a man in the face with his own cane on Dec. 22.
What's the easiest and quickest way to get from North Station to South Station?
Currently I take the orange to the red line but that is usually a 20 min affair in the morning and worse at 5pm.
I'm thinking of getting an electric scooter or boosted board.
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.
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