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By roadman - 7/1/11 - 2:11 pm

Should we walk, or do we have time to take the T?

, the answer apparently is: It doesn't make a difference.

In their latest attempt to cover up how minimal the replacement shuttle bus service between North Station and Lechmere really is, the MBTA has just put up a series of new posters at North Station "suggesting" that people destined for Science Park might want to walk there instead of taking the shuttle bus. The read (in part):

Getting To Science Park

Shuttle Bus: 15 Minutes
Walking: 15 Minutes

By adamg - 4/25/11 - 4:19 pm

The T is shutting down trolley service to Science Park and Lechmere between April 30 and November, so it can install elevators and other improvements at Science Park. Buses will run instead.

The T says by shutting down the line entirely, it will shave six months off the Science Park work.

More details.

By adamg - 3/3/11 - 11:33 am

MassDOT today announced an agreement to swap land at Lechmere with land by North Station that will lead to a new rail service north and west of Boston - and actual construction of the long stalled North Point development.

Under the deal, the state will give Pan Am Railways the land used for the current Lechmere Green Line station in exchange for the former Pan Am rail yard, which is across the Charles River from Massachusetts General Hospital, and rights to use other Pan Am tracks in the area.

By adamg - 2/8/11 - 3:54 pm

The T reports it will be bustituting starting at 9 p.m. tonight and tomorrow because of the need to shut Science Park for elevator work.

By adamg - 7/21/10 - 2:59 pm

Alleged perv in actionAlleged perv in action

MBTA Transit Police say this guy allegedly used his position at the bottom of the stairs on a Green Line trolley to snap an inappropriate photos of women between Lechmere and Government Center around lunchtime on July 5. Police are looking for him about his allegedly "secretly photographing partial nudity," which is illegal in Massachusetts and carries penalties of up to 2 1/2 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

According to a police report, the alleged overweight slob took one photo up a woman's skirt and several of a woman's breasts when she bent over to pick something up. When this woman heard the clicking, she took out her own cell phone, snapped his photo and forwarded it to police.

Wanted poster, should you want to print some up and post them or something.

By adamg - 4/29/10 - 12:55 pm

Cambridge News Weekly reports the state is getting ready to try to sell the old Lechmere courthouse/jail, which has a few issues related to asbestos and some water damage.

By adamg - 3/12/10 - 11:09 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the legislature has the right to let the developers of the massive NorthPoint project build on what were once tidal marshes.

In practical terms, the decision on a lawsuit brought by John Moot - who died last year - may be moot because the developers of the project are embroiled in other legal wrangling and may never finish the project.

By adamg - 9/23/09 - 8:59 am

The T reports a disabled trolley at the end of the line. DJM tweets:

There's smoke coming off the train at Lechmere. Not a good sign.

By adamg - 7/5/09 - 5:39 pm

The Globe reports Middlesex County had to evacuate inmates from the high-rise jail in Lechmere today after some inmates managed to break the sprinkler system and flood the facility.

Around 5:30 p.m., Vumana tweeted:

Just left petco in cambrdge -heard all the jailbirds from middlesex jail hooting and hollering as they get evacuated

By adamg - 4/30/09 - 9:10 am

Those would be Lechmere trolleys.

By violetly - 2/4/09 - 11:27 pm

This is my first post here - I wanted to vent about the nightmare that is the short commute between Government Center and Lechmere. Those of us who make that commute typically spend 15 - 20 minutes on the platform as train after train ends at Government Center, putting more and more people off to stand and wait for a train going on to North Station and/or Lechmere. If you're really having a lucky day, a North Station train will come along and most people will crowd onto it - commuters connecting with Commuter Rail at North Station.

By adamg - 10/9/08 - 10:17 am

Cambridge Police report a Dorchester resident was robbed around 7:25 p.m. yesterday by three knife-wielding 16-year-olds on First Street, between CambidgeSide Galleria and the Lechmere T stop. They made off with his cell phone.

By adamg - 9/29/08 - 12:42 pm

Cambridge Police report on four recent incidents at CambridgeSide Galleria:

On Friday morning, an employee of the Old Navy Store allegedly took a customer's debit card and used it to buy a cell phone at the Mobile Solution Store. The customer caught up with the employee at the Lechmere T stop and confronted her. The woman gave the card back, but when the victim demanded to know about the unauthorized purchase, the clerk "struck the victim in the chest area." She then fled, leaving the cell phone behind.

On Saturday afternoon, a Boston resident told police a woman managed to get her credit-card information at the Sephora store, then left.

On Sunday afternoon, a clerk at an unidentified second-floor store allegedly slapped a customer when she didn't move out of his way fast enough for him:

The victim was shopping with her two children and had a visible red mark on her right cheek. The suspect admitted that he struck the victim and felt he did nothing wrong because he told her to move. The suspect was informed that he would receive a summons in the mail.

Also Sunday afternoon: A woman trying on clothes at Aeropostale reported somebody stole her handbag from the dressing room.

By adamg - 8/21/08 - 3:35 pm

Today's only-in-T-land adventure comes from En Ki, who reports that when he got to Lechmere with his bike last night, the driver of the 80 bus closed the door and drove on without him rather than wait for him to put his bike on the rack. So he got on his bike, beat the bus to the next stop and the driver blew right past him. He then tried to catch up, found the bus coming back the other way, got to a bus stop - and the driver once again drove right by him.

... Next time I find myself in this situation, of course, I will ask myself "What Would Dan Grabauskas Do?"

By adamg - 5/5/08 - 8:05 pm

The Cambridge Chronicle posts the new stops north of Lechmere proposed for the Green Line extension - including a relocated Lechmere.

By adamg - 12/23/07 - 7:50 am

What are the odds that on the last Saturday before Christmas, there'd be more people than usual taking the Green Line from the T stop nearest the Cambridgeside Galleria? If you're a T manager, you apparently think "Oh, light travel day, let's just run single cars!" Cleary Squared recounts the last-train-out-of-Paris scene:

By adamg - 8/9/07 - 5:18 pm

Hondo reports from North Station, where five straight Green Line trolleys simply turned around this morning instead of making the trip to Lechmere - and where one increasingly frantic commuter kept getting onto the tracks in the hopes of sussing out an actual Lechmere car:

This is what it has come to. The T is so horrible at providing a simple, reliable way around Boston that people are literally risking their lives to see if, or when, the next train is on the way. ...

By Arborway - 7/6/07 - 12:52 pm

Another entry in the NorthPoint development saga:

It seems that only those living or working at NorthPoint will get easy access to the station.

Just what I wanted, another bait-and-switch.

By adamg - 8/30/06 - 10:55 pm

Eeka reports she will be a volunteer victim in Operation Poseidon, an area-wide exercise designed to gauge the readiness of local emergency responders for a massive terrorist disaster:

... I'm scheduled to report to the CambridgeSide Galleria ass early on September 17 so I can be a bombing victim. I don't know yet if I'll be dead, injured, or just potentially contaminated by radioactivity. ...

By Ron Newman - 11/5/05 - 10:56 am

Green Line service will return to Lechmere and Science Park stations on Saturday, November 12, according to this official T press release.

This will be welcome news for shoppers and employees of the CambridgeSide Galleria mall, as well as for Somerville residents transferring from the #80, #87, and #88 buses.

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