The MBTA reports workers have put out the "leaf debris that was smoldering" just inbound from Ruggles that was causing smoke and delays of up to 15 minutes on the Orange Line as train drivers were ordered to stand by rather than risk driving through the Great Smoky Tracks. No word if the $50 million in extra T spending the governor just announced includes money for rakes.
Around 9:30 p.m., an Orange Line train pulled out of Ruggles on its way downtown. Only a rider, for whatever reasons, had her arm partially stuck outside one set of doors as the train began to move. When the driver didn't seem to respond to the intercom, a rider pulled the emergency brake. Read more.
News @ Northeastern reports on a new pedestrian bridge dropped into place (very, very carefully) over the Northeast Corridor and Orange Line train tracks over the weekend to connect the Fenway and Roxbury parts of the Northeastern campus. It took a week just to assemble the crane that would put the bridge in place.
The Huntington News reports a well meaning Northeastern student gave $60 to a guy at Ruggles who said he needed to get back to New Hampshire. Campus police caught up with him and escorted him off campus.
So Keolis had to cancel the 7:32 a.m. train out of Needham for some reason, which meant the next train into town was packed with two trains' worth of people. And, Kerry O'Brien reports, no air conditioning. Read more.
Boston police officers did nothing wrong when they arrested a teenager on gun charges near Ruggles station in 2015 because they had ample reason to suspect he'd been involved in a criminal act, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today. Read more.
Transit Police report they are looking for this man for an incident at Ruggles on the Orange Line, shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday. Police say the guy "targeted two females based on their perceived country of origin with verbal abuse" and, as long as he was at it, smashed a window on a passing outbound train. Read more.
The MBTA today announced that a long planned upgrade to Ruggles station should get underway next year. In addition to a new 800-foot long commuter-rail platform that will let more trains stop at the station, the T is also planning an overhaul of the lower busway, replacement of four elevators and the addition of a fifth and expanded pedestrian canopies at either end of the station. Read more.