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By adamg - 5/13/21 - 10:52 pm

Transit Police report arresting a Malden man for an incident that started in an Orange Line car at Haymarket and ended with him pursued down the tunnel, around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Read more.

By adamg - 5/10/21 - 10:08 pm
Alleged Green Line attacker

Surveillance photos via Transit PD; note tattoos on left arm.

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy for an attack on the Green Line stop at Park Street that ended with the victim's head slamming into the platform around 8 a.m. on May 1. Read more.

By adamg - 5/10/21 - 1:48 pm

DingDingDing's Child reports from today's MBTA uberboard meeting: Engineers say that as the wheel-bearing "trucks" on the new Orange and Red Line trains age, they require more force to turn when going across switches, which may have contributed to the Orange Line derailments at Wellington. Read more.

By adamg - 5/10/21 - 10:13 am

Transit Police report waking up a Lynn man and arresting him on gun and drug charges at Downtown Crossing yesterday after a bystander watched a handgun fall out of his pocket while he was trying to get comfortable. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/21 - 10:19 pm

Service is suspended between North Station and Back Bay, the T reported shortly before 10 p.m.

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By adamg - 5/1/21 - 3:28 pm

Transit Police report arresting an allegedly short-tempered Providence man who blamed another man at South Station for stealing his phone and then began punching him in the face, even though the victim had nothing to do with the alleged fool's phone, which was waiting for him at the station lost and found - and had been siting there before he unleashed his closed fist of fury at Track 7 shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday. Read more.

By adamg - 4/30/21 - 9:48 am

The MBTA announced today that it is continuing to require masks on all T property, even above-ground stations and even if you claim you've been vaccinated. Sure, you won't risk a fine anymore by going barefaced, but you could still find yourself kicked off the T if you try to stand your ground or something with a T official or cop. Read more.

By adamg - 4/26/21 - 5:32 pm
Crews getting person off tracks at JFK/UMass

John Smith captured T workers, firefighters and EMTs getting a person off the Red Line tracks at JFK/UMass this afternoon.

The T halted Red Line service around 5 p.m. to allow the person's rescue; service has since resumed.

By adamg - 4/26/21 - 1:22 pm

The MBTA announced today that it'll be using some of that sweet federal stimmy to resume the Charlestown and Hingham ferries it had canceled in January because of Covid-19-related lack of demand, starting May 22. Read more.

By adamg - 4/25/21 - 12:33 pm

Governing takes a look at recent scheduling changes by the T that begin to move commuter rail toward a more European-style "regional rail" system that assumes people might want to get somewhere other than downtown Boston at times other than just rush hour.

By adamg - 4/20/21 - 12:30 pm

CommonWealth talks to MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak, who says the T will likely hire 80 to 120 new employees to roam bus lines and above-ground trolleys to make sure they're paying their fares. The new system could speed up buses and trolleys by allowing people to board through both front and rear doors, but will mean a level of trust that people are boarding in the back with actual CharlieCards. The new workers will make random spot checks to make sure people are doing that.

By adamg - 4/20/21 - 11:15 am
Workers atop a Green Line trolley on Beacon Street

Chris in 02134 spotted some overhead-wire action on the Green Line on Beacon Street shortly before 11 a.m., about 45 minutes after the T reported "power problems" on the Beacon Street line were forcing it into bustitution between Coolidge Corner and Cleveland Circle.

By adamg - 4/16/21 - 2:47 pm

Transit Police report officers responding to a report of a stabbing found a woman who had "sustained a serious laceration to her neck area" around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday inside the parking garage at the Alewife T station, where she was congregating with other homeless people. She was taken to a Boston hospital for treatment.

By adamg - 4/9/21 - 2:54 pm
Big beam

Yesterday, a trucker delivered this oversize-load sized steel beam to Robert Street in Roslindale Square so that, starting at 4 a.m. on Saturday, workers can begin to replace the bridge that now carries the Needham Line over the street. The bridge dates to 1898.

By adamg - 4/8/21 - 10:59 am

The MBTA holds a hearing next week on a proposal to reduce the fine for piggybacking and other forms of fare evasion from $100 to $50 for a first offense. Read more.

By adamg - 3/31/21 - 10:23 pm

With President Biden proposing large new investments in rail service, Amtrak has come out with a map that shows new rail service west to Albany and north to Manchester, NH by 2035. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/21 - 10:52 pm

The city today announced a pilot program in which workers at businesses in the Main street districts in Nubian Square, Hyde/Jackson Square in Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, East Boston and Fields Corner can sign up for CharlieCards preloaded with $60 of value and two-month Bluebikes passes. Read more.

By adamg - 3/27/21 - 11:16 am

Transit Police report that around 6 p.m. on Thursday, a man told officers at Back Bay that his bike was missing from the bike storage area there.

And then, just as the man was describing the bike to the officers: Read more.

By adamg - 3/25/21 - 9:52 am

Vanshnookenraggen maps every single Boston-area subway expansion proposal since the 1890s - some of which got built, and some, like extending what is now the Blue Line from downtown to Brighton, didn't.

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