In the early 1970s, the MBTA launched an ambitious effort to upgrade the Riverside Line that included reconstructing the tracks and the purchase of 150 new trolleys from Boeing Vertol. Jed Hresko found a flier from those halcyon days that included a description of the new cars:
Features of the Light Rail Vehicles include: Improved riding comfort with air-conditioning in Summer and reliable heat in Winter, fluorescent lighting, and tinted windows; greater speeds; smooth starting and stopping; a public address system and two-way radios, and reduced noise and vibration.
The Newton Fire Department reports two workers at the Franklin Elementary School were transported to Mass. General around 7 a.m. when a boiler malfunctioned.
The school is closed for the day as authorities investigate what happened.
Village 14 reports on the incident last week.
Outbound riders on the Riverside Line had to board buses for the ride between Reservoir and Riverside this morning due to your basic generic "power" problems. The T says it's fixed now.
UPDATE: Dog found.
Please contact me immediately at 919-225-0654 if Poet is is spotted - He escaped during the storm Tuesday and was running around between Brighton Ctr. and Oak Square. He has not been spotted since - We think he may be hiding out near Oak Square. If you live in the area, PLEASE CHECK AROUND YOUR HOUSE (e.g. bushes, garage, under porches, any hiding place). Thank you - I am desperate to find him. Read more.
After dealing with a downed limb on power lines in Brookline, MBTA crews are now off to Newton Highlands, where another tree has come down on power lines along the Riverside Line.
The Library of the Royal Irish Academy wants to identify the people in the photograph below. Please contact the Library if you recognize any of the subjects. The Library can be reached via Twitter @Library_RIA, or by email at www.ria.ie/library/contact, citing "8 May Photo Query Tweet."
If more information regarding the location, subjects, time, et cetera, of the photograph become available, I will update this post.
Simon is renaming the Mall at Chestnut Hill as the Shops at Chestnut Hill as part of an overall revamp that also includes making the exterior look more like the assemblage of objets d'acquisition it really is, rather than a Soviet-style concrete bunker, the Globe reports.
Jabari Asim, a professor at Emerson College, is contesting a traffic ticket he got despite receipts and statements he has showing he was on the Emerson campus while allegedly violating the law in Newton.
From Reservoir to Riverside, the Green Line is a non-entity. Buses are stacking up at Reservoir.
This photo, taped by the cash registers at Rosenfeld's in Newton Centre, never fails to crack us up.
Is Giant Party Bagel missing, the victim of some horrible bagelnapping? Or is it just boasting: Look at this, look at it! Giant Party Bagel doesn't mess around, it takes no prisoners and it's large and in charge. But imagine the tub of lox spread that goes with it.
WBUR introduces us to the history of MiniLuxe, which hopes to become the Starbucks of nail salons - and which treats workers better than those places in New York and got started when a partner at a Boston investment firm was driving through Revere and noticed all the nail salons there.
The Rosie Perez circa-1988-sounding driver tried to tell everyone that an alarm was going off, and that a mechanic was going to have to check the bus out. We were told it could take anywhere from five minutes to a half hour. This was around 1:40 pm.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for James Brescia, convicted for first-degree murder for the 2006 death of a Newton man his wife had been seeing.
The court agreed with Brescia's attorneys that symptoms from a mild stroke he suffered the night after his first day of testimony - the next day, under cross examination, he had problems understanding and answer questions - could have been interpreted by the jury as evasion, since jurors were not told about the stroke, and that that meant Brescia did not get a fair trial. Read more.
An inbound Worcester Line train hit and killed a man on the tracks in Auburndale around 9:15 a.m., Transit Police report, adding he was "trespassing" on the tracks.
The man, white and in his 50s, was hit just past where the line crosses the Charles River.
Passengers on the train remained onboard until about 10:25 a.m., when a rescue train pulled up beside it and passengers transferred for the ride towards Boston.
At 9:46 a.m., Mike Murph reported from the train:
Conductor said someone was hit. All conductors are visibly shaken.