Last month, the MBTA announced a contest in which anyone could design what could be the next MBTA map.
Transit Maps has not one, but two contest submissions posted for our viewing pleasure. While no submissions have been officially heralded by the MBTA at this time, it is clear that some very talented cartographers are partaking in the festivities.
The MBTA had previously announced a deadline of April 30, 2013, however no mention of the contest has been made since the original announcement of the contest.
Transit Police say a Quincy woman learned Saturday it's also against the law to assault people selling food inside MBTA stations
Transit Police report Tina Drouin, 49, of Quincy, grew upset around 2 p.m. when she ordered a steak and cheese sub at the Nathan's Famous stand in the Quincy Center Red Line stop, because the worker allegedly loaded up her steak and cheese sub with too much "shit," specifically, too many pickles.
Police say that when the worker refused to refund Drouin's money, Drouin punched the worker in the face, then "pushed two large very heavy jars filled with pickles and pickle juice into the sub maker knocking her to the floor and shattering the jars."
Drouin, police say, then ran out of the station. But the worker decided she wasn't going to put up with Drouin's alleged shit and so got up and ran after her. Police say the worker caught up with Drouin on Hancock Street near City Hall and held her until Transit and Quincy police arrived. Police had to summon an ambulance to transport Drouin to a local hospital after she complained of neck pain.
The Federal Aviation Administration knows what’s up there but it’s not telling the public.
A slew of Quincy residents have been complaining and calling police and the city about an aircraft that appeared about two weeks ago and has been taking wide, repeated loops in the air, between about 7 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Residents from Wollaston to West Quincy describe a low-pitch humming sound coming from the aircraft. Some have said it’s reminiscent of a drone, which is an unmanned aircraft operated by remote control.
“It’s not a drone,” FAA spokesman Jim Peters said. “It’s an authorized flight and we are aware of it.”
Police say they found Justin Green, 29, hanging onto the top roof rail from the rear of the train, as it was pulling out of North Quincy around 5:30 p.m. A witness then told police he had seen Green doing the same thing at Wollaston.
Police say Green objected to being charged because he has "a God given right to do anything he wants" and that the only person that would have been harmed was himself.
Police, however, say Green forced a halt in Red Line service while they got him off the train.
They add that in addition to disorderly conduct, Green was packaged into a cruiser for a ride to Transit Police headquarters because he was wanted for evading jury duty.
Robert Ambrogi reports that WBUR's Open Court is no longer streaming live video from Quincy District Court. No money, natch.
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Yesterday was Drive Aimlessly through Quincy Day here at Chez Universal Hub. We couldn't help but stop to admire the donut shop with the best name ever in the history of donuts, on Hancock Street, and the 15-foot-tall giraffe made entirely of car bumpers outside this mall at Burgin Parkway and Granite Street.
Nominee for dumbass of the week: Guy who refused police request to stop holding train turned out to have outstanding warrantsBy adamg - 1/29/13 - 12:51 pm
Transit Police report a quadruple bonus when they arrested John Monroe, 32, of Roxbury after he refused a request from an officer to stop holding open the doors of a Red Line train at Quincy Center last night:
Officers proceeded in Monroe's direction, while en route the train attendant announced via the intercom system several times "Please clear the doors". Monroe ignored these requests and continued to stand in between the doors preventing their closure. Officers approached Monroe to ascertain what his issue was and subsequently discovered Monroe had a total 4 outstanding warrants in existence for his arrest. The warrants issued from multiple courts were for several different charges.
Presumed brilliant until proven a dumbass.
In 2013, the Red Line is now 3 for 3 for morning delays, this time due to signal problems at North Quincy.
The Green Line also had problems, outbound on the B branch, due to a dead train.
A man suspected in bank holdups in Braintree, Weymouth and Norwell struck again in Quincy on Saturday, Quincy Police report. The guy, 5'3" or 5'4" and wearing a dark wig, hit a Sovereign Bank branch: He gave the teller a note, didn't say a word, got some money, then ran away.
A Boston man suffered serious injuries when hit by an inbound Red Line train at North Quincy around 12:15 a.m., according to MBTA Transit Police, who report they are still investigating how he wound up on the tracks:
The male, approximately 44 years of age who resides in Boston, was lying face down with his right arm extended onto the right of way/track bed area. The motorperson upon observing the male immediately put the train into emergency stop. The train made contact with the male and he had to be extricated from underneath the train by the Quincy Fire Department. The male party was transported to Boston Medical Center with severe upper torso trama and underwent surgery. Currently the male is listed in critical condition.
Quincy and Boston police are looking for a trio in a car registered out of Dorchester for an incident at the Granite Street Rite-Aid. Police say two women went into the Rite-Aid around 7:15 p.m. and that a worker nabbed one for shoplifting. The Globe reports the woman pulled out a taser during a struggle; she didn't use it but lost her hair weave in the process. Police say they fled in a green 1993 Honda Accord, Mass plates, 378-JP1.
Quincy Police report that the other day, this guy loaded up his shopping cart at a local Stop & Shop with $400 worth of Red Bull and then attempted to casually saunter out of the store with it.
Unfortunately for him, the store had a loss-prevention officer on duty, who confronted him. Rather than down some of the stuff and fly away, he abandoned his haul and ran off.
MBTA Transit Police say they know who attacked two women at the Quincy Center T stop on Oct. 8 - now they have to find him.
The Herald reports he punched one woman in the nose hard enough to break it and hit the other. Police say the man was angered when they declined his offer to give him money around 10:50 p.m.
Working in conjunction with the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, Transit Police will continue the investigation and take appropriate steps to ensure the subject is held responsible for his actions.
Juan Boria, Jr. captured the scene inside the Quincy Center Red Line station this morning.
MBTA catching more fare evaders, with bonus arrests of wanted criminals too cheap to add value to their CharlieCardsBy adamg - 9/26/12 - 3:09 pm
The MBTA reports Transit Police have issued 3,614 citations so far this year for fare evasion - up 59% from the 2,268 issued in the same period last year.
The T adds that some 89 of those people left the stations where they were snagged in the back seat of a cruiser, after officers realized they were wanted for arrestable offenses. The two latest were arrested yesterday at the Quincy Center stop on the Red Line - one of them a guy who'd allegedly skipped out on a court hearing after he was busted for selling marijuana at the same station in August.
Jef Taylor reported around 6:20 p.m.:
Big flying ant emergence happening in Dedham now. These at definitely ant alates, big females with distended abdomens and tiny darker males.
Colleen Dillon checked in not long after from Quincy:
BIG swarm In West Quincy!
You may recall the endless swarms of icky little bugs around the same time last year.
Quincy and Boston Police would like to have a word with a guy they say has held up two banks in Quincy and a bank in Allston.
Dude's charged with holding up the Eastern Bank branch at 63 Franklin St. on July 30 and the Eastern Bank branch on Hancock Street on Aug. 17. He's also a suspect in the hold up of East West Bank on Harvard Avenue in Allston on Aug. 6.
If you know any Yankees fans who like to direct traffic who seem to have come into some extra money, contact Det. Bill Monteith at 617-745-5767.
Quincy Police are looking for a man who robbed an Eastern Bank branch on Hancock Street this morning, then fled in a cab. He had a beard and a pockmarked face and was wearing a long-sleeved shirt and a green vest.
Hyde Park Avenue by Forest Hills station was tire high, one commuter reported, but the station itself had only the usual mini-torrents that come with pretty much any rain storm.