The Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership provides the good news/bad news update on extending the Green Line through Somerville: The good news is that design work for the Lechmere, Washington Street and Union Square stations is now 90% done. The bad news is that several more months have been added to the schedule for actually running trains to those stations.
Tufts Daily reports the university has changed the name of the system students and professors uses to access student information from the Integrated Student Information System (ISIS) to just the Student Information System (SIS), "based on the negative associations with the group Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)."
H/t Jon Christian.
We need to stop litter and keep Massachusetts clean by spreading the word about the Yes on Question 2 campaign.
The Bottle Bill is the most effective recycling tool we have. Eighty percent of bottles covered by the Bottle Bill’s 5-cent deposit are recycled. Yes on Question 2 would add a bottle deposit to water, sports drinks, tea, juices, and other drinks that were not included in the original bill because they were not popular when the law was passed in 1982.
We need your vote on November 4 to update the Bottle Bill.
Amfretto captured AS Roma practicing for its match tomorrow against Liverpool at Fenway.
Casey Kolenda, arrested this past spring on charges he used a magnetic "skimmer" and large numbers of regular CharlieCards to create at least 3,000 bogus monthly Link Passes, was formally indicted by a grand jury yesterday for the alleged forgeries. Officials estimate the cards cost the T $225,000 in lost revenue.
Bex inquired this morning about the walkway at the Orange Line station:
Who do I talk to about the spiders in the Wellington catwalk? because OH MY GOD I'VE NEVER RUN SO FAST.
When asked whether the issue was lots of regular spiders or just one mutant refugee from a nuclear experiment gone horribly awry, she replied:
BOTH! Millions of HUGE, hairy, scary spiders. Maybe they're just filming "Arachnaphobia 2" and no one told us?
Fred Langa captured what happens when an Orange Line train derails at the Wellington yard.
State Police report a three-car crash forced the closure of the left lanes on both sides of I-93 at exit 33 shortly before 3 p.m. The lanes were re-opened around 3:40 p.m.
Medford Police report arresting a man for rape last month and then releasing him after learning the woman who accused him made it up. Now they want to arrest her.
A woman who identified herself as Amanda Rodriquez reported to the Medford Police that she was sexually assaulted in Medford by a Medford resident. As a result of the detailed statement that she gave the detective, that man was arrested for the sexual assault.
InsideMedford.com reports the discount chain will start offering discount alcoholic beverages - some of it artisanal - at three stores, including the one in Medford.
Inside Medford reports on the plans for Medford Square. One of the victims, Krystle Campbell, was from Medford.
Transit Police report the arrest of Casey Kolenda, 27, on charges he used a magnetic-strip reader to create hundreds of bogus $70 Link Passes starting sometime last year.
According to police:
Authorities identified multiple monthly Link Passes that were purchased legitimately and subsequently used to create hundreds of forged tickets used by riders.
Ken Krause videoed a video by a planner for the Green Line Extension project at a community meeting in Medford last night.
H/t Greg Hum.
Maryr appreciated the romantic message from Sav-Mor Liquors in Medford today.
An inbound Orange Line train didn't even make it out of the starting gate at Oak Grove early this morning. Somewhere on the Ashmont branch of the Red Line, an outbound train felt that disturbance in the Force and went over to the dark side.
The morning started off with delays due to unspecified debris on the tracks (we like to think of it as being the remains of a snack by the blind white wolves that roam the Orange Line at night). A train departed this mortal coil at Oak Grove. And now there are signal problems at Wellington, and you know what that means.
Nick Palmarozzo took the photo of waiting commuters, reports:
Made it as far as not-quite-Wellington before more delays: switching problem, traffic ahead AND a schedule adjustment. Harsh!
UPDATE, 8:45 a.m. An inbound Red Line train from Braintree clutched its chest just before JFK/UMass, yelled "This is the big one! You hear that, Elizabeth? I'm coming to join ya, honey!" and died.