Peter Morency reports the entire Tufts campus in Medford lost power around 11:30 a.m.
Last Thursday, David Innis tweeted to MassDOT that something was amiss on this sign on I-93 south at the Somerville/Medford line - and not just that no times were showing up - because the Zakim and Mass. Ave. are nowhere near each other. By this morning, as you can see from the lower photo, the state had fixed the distance. Now if they can only get the time thing working (MassDOT says they're working on that).
For the second day in a row, State Police report a highway worker hit by a drunk, this time fatally on I-93 in Medford. Read more.
Amanda Keane captured today's fiery vehicle, around 5:10 p.m. on I-93 south in Medford.
Timothy Flaherty pleaded guilty in state court today to charges he offered $2,500 to a man his client allegedly beat and screamed anti-Muslim epithets at to ignore prosecutors and police investigating the case. Read more.
Transit Police report a man was hit and killed by a Lowell Line train near 662 Boston Ave. in Medford around 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Still, trains into town from the north are being slowed by switch issues at Wellington.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Orange Line due to a train that started pining for the fjords at Wellington.
The Crimson reports a total of 16 confirmed mumps cases at Harvard, with some cases now also reported at Tufts and BU.
Transit Police held an inbound train at Wellington after somebody at Oak Grove reported four well dressed "Middle Eastern" men with backpacks split up into two groups and got on separate cars there. Service was stopped for about 15 minutes.
Christian reports a police dog went through the train before it resumed service around 8:50 a.m.
Our own Ron Newman took lots of pictures when he visited the old Medford mall before it closes this weekend.
Delays on the Orange Line quickly escalated to "severe" after a train pushed up daisies near Wellington.
Blue Line riders had to put up with track issues.
We only get one Big Dig, state declares: MassDOT and the board that now runs the T agreed today that they're not going to pay any more for the Green Line Extension than the state's already committed to, so if the project's costs can't be shrunk by a billion dollars or so, it's dead, unless "other sources" come up with the extra money, and by "other sources" they mean cities that really want the thing (both of them), landowners and developers that would benefit from being right on the proposed line.
The state announced today it's canceling all its contracts with the major contractors on the Green Line Extension through Somerville and Medford and will try to re-bid the project.
The project is not completely dead yet, however: Some construction work will continue and the emergency board that now runs the T is appointing an interim project manager to try to pick up the pieces and get the Green Line to somehow run north of Lechmere one of these years. Read more.
Boston Magazine reports on a meeting today of the MassDOT and MBTA fiscal control boards at which consultants urged officials to toss the current bid, which has ballooned in cost and seek new bids for a system with smaller stations, a more modest trolley-repair facility and a different track alignment.
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