Orange Line

By - 11/11/09 - 9:12 am

You know, so if, say, a drunken woman has just fallen on the tracks, the operator can apply the brakes immediately. They'll be using wireless-mesh technology (basically, lots of little wireless access ports all over the place) to give drivers real-time views (in Seoul's case, the impetus was not somebody lying on the tracks, but a train that entered a station just as another train was being engulfed in an arson fire).

Via The Transit Wire.

By - 11/10/09 - 4:24 pm

UPDATE: The video made the news around the world. See examples in the comments.

Maybe the author of this Missed Connection will have more luck than the reporters who tried finding Our Lady of the Pit on Twitter yesterday.

Via Chessie Monks.

By - 11/9/09 - 1:58 pm

Still from an MBTA surveillance video just as the train stopped.

The T provided hree separate videos (three? Yes, three) of the woman falling off the platform - looks like one of the people waving at the oncoming train almost fell on the tracks himself.

By - 11/7/09 - 10:21 pm

The Boston Fire Department ordered power shut on the Orange Line between State Street and Downtown Crossing shortly after 10 p.m. when smoke appeared in the State Street station. Power was restored not long after when firefighters discovered the smoke was coming from one particular train, not another track fire, according to Boston Fireman and Local 718.

By - 11/7/09 - 1:35 pm

The Jamaica Plains Gazzette has an article about how Forest Hills Station has run out of Bike Charlie Cards. In it, mention is made (in passing) that this cage for 100 bikes cost $4,800,000 (4.8 million!!!!)

Is this a mispint? Or an indication of Boston graft on an even more massive scale than usual?

By - 11/7/09 - 11:07 am

Rick Sawyer reports he was on the inbound Orange Line platform at North Station last night when a woman fell on the tracks - just as a train was approaching:

... It was like a movie. The train stopped inches away from the woman's unstirring body, the frontmost part actually hanging over her. For a nauseating moment, we thought she had been killed—by the train or by the third rail. The conductor burst out of the front train compartment, the color draining from her face, repeating "Oh my God." ...

By - 11/6/09 - 8:57 am

HernandezHugo Hernandez, 22, is scheduled for arraignment in Boston Municipal Court today on multiple charges of indecent assault and battery on the T, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Hernandez was originally arrested late Wednesday at Sullivan Square for an Orange Line incident on Oct. 19, but by the end of yesterday, Transit Police pegged him for three more incidents, the DA's office says.

By - 10/31/09 - 2:11 pm

He was holding a guitar, but in the short time I listened to him at Downtown Crossing, Fester didn't actually play. Instead, he sang "Yesterday" to a karaoke CD.

In the "kids today" department, as I was walking up to the Forest Hills side from the Oak Grove side, these two teen girls in front of me were talking about Halloween, when one blurted out, "I wanna be a WHORE!" You go, girl!

By - 10/28/09 - 10:02 pm

Some enterprising MBTA worker figured out he could use some stacks of Metros to sop up leaks on the Orange Line inbound platform at Haymarket. I took this photo today, but the leak wasn't due to today's downpours - the T has been using Metros for months now to sop up the same leak at the same location, probably because it's a lot cheaper than trying to fix the problem.

By - 10/27/09 - 4:27 pm

Orange Line riders: Is it my imagination, or has the Orange Line been particularly Green Linish the past couple of days?

By - 10/26/09 - 4:46 pm

MBTA Transit Police say that when passengers on the Orange Line platform at Malden complained about somebody smoking today, an officer started investigating and found a woman puffing away in the station busway. And when he started to question her discovered she was wanted in Cambridge for outstanding warrants for malicious destruction of property and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, they tweet.

By - 10/21/09 - 8:37 am

Michael Ratty provides the proof, with a photo from Haymarket station.

By - 10/20/09 - 4:34 pm

A brawl that erupted around 2:45 p.m. yesterday at Forest Hills disrupted bus service through the station as MBTA and Boston police tried to clear both combatants and groups of teens who gathered to watch, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

By - 10/16/09 - 11:40 am

Might be good to avoid towns with names beginning with M today:

Channel 4 reports flames shot 20 to 30 feet in the air when manholes exploded on Main Street in Medford around 10:30 a.m. and that several thousand people are now without power.

William Fleurant tweets traffic is, as you might expect, a mess there (where 38, 16 and I-93 come together).

MBTA Police report power went out at the Malden Orange Line station, trapping one person in an elevator.

By - 10/14/09 - 11:11 pm

The Orange Line remains above water and so is still stopping at State Street, where the main burst, according to reports from Channel 4 and the MBTA Transit Police Intelligence Unit.

By - 10/13/09 - 3:47 pm

on the end of the Garden-side entrance to North Station Orange/Green Line subway? It's been removed and the hole covered over with plywood.

If and when it is eventually replaced, I hope the T puts in a pair of normal swinging doors instead.

By - 10/6/09 - 5:53 pm

An Illinois man is being held in lieu of a total of $25,000 bail for allegedly treating Orange and Red Line trains as his own personal canvas, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.

Jim Clay Harper, 24, of the well-to-do Chicago suburb of Wilmette, was arraigned today in West Roxbury District Court on two counts of vandalizing property for allegedly spray-painting "ETHER" on trains at the Forest Hills T stop. He was already being held on similar charges involving Red Line trains in Dorchester, and is also suspected of tagging Blue Line trains at Orient Heights, according to the DA's office.

By - 9/29/09 - 8:38 am

Dave Bonner tweets another donut stand at the Oak Grove T stop has closed:

... sign said business was too slow. ...

By - 9/25/09 - 3:22 pm

No more envious sighs when the subject of the Alewife cage comes up, Boston Biker reports. The new storage room opens Sept. 29, with room for up to 100 bikes.