Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Two people were in court facing charges in the June 9 bleach attack on a Route 28 bus.
A 15-year-old is being held on $100,000 bail after being accused of throwing bleach in the face of a passenger riding the 28 bus last week. The juvenile, a female from Roxbury, is facing charges of unarmed robbery, willful and malicious destruction of property under $250, mayhem and indecent assault and battery along with codefendant Lai Lawnnie Douglas, 22, according to Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. Roxbury District Court Judge David Poole imposed $20,000 bail for Douglas. Douglas was also held on a probation detainer for violating the terms of her probation on a 2008 case out of Roxbury District Court in which she was charged with larceny from a person, witness intimidation, carrying a dangerous …
Friday, June 14, 2013
Transit police asked the public to help identify three women who allegedly attacked a bus passenger with bleach.
MBTA police have identified two of the three suspects in an alleged June 9 bleach attack on a Route 28 bus. Police have warrants for the arrests of Lai Lawnnie Douglas (suspect No. 2 on the police blog’s original post), 22, and an unnamed juvenile, both of Boston, according to a Friday MBTA police blog post. Police posted photos of three women who were alleged to have attacked a passenger aboard a Route 28 bus in the early morning hours of June 9 with a substance believed to be bleach. The Roxbury District Court warrants are for unarmed robbery, mayhem and indecent assault and battery.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
The state may approve 18 more giant lighted boards as a way to boost revenue. Is it worth the money if the light burns all night long?
Are you ready for digital billboards on state land across the commonwealth? The Department of Transportation wants the glowing house-sized signs on its property across the state, and the revenue they'll bring to the state, according to the Boston Globe. Under the current deal signed with Clear Channel, the state would get a cut of each billboard's revenue—either 25 percent or $90,000 per year, whichever is higher. But other states negotiated more lucrative deals. Current state law allows these digital billboards, but prohibits any animation. So you won't see the latest Geico lizard ad or anything like that, but you may see a rotating set of images. It also requires the sign's owner to set aside time for public service announcements. You …
Thursday, June 6, 2013
The event on Saturday, June 8 will run from 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Boston Pride Parade will be held on Saturday, June 8 from 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. The parade route begins in Copley Square, winds south to Tremont Street and ends at City Hall Plaza in Government Center. MBTA bus routes 9, 10, 39, 43 and 504 will be diverted. Below is the Saturday, June 8 schedule according to MBTA: Route 39 Inbound Connections can be made at Huntington Avenue and Gainsborough Street or Dartmouth Street at Back Bay Station. Outbound Connections can be made at Back Bay (Dartmouth Street) or Huntington Avenue and Exeter Street. Route 9 Inbound Connections can be made at Back Bay Station or Berkeley Street and Washington Street. Outbound Connections can be made at Back Bay Station (Dartmouth Street) or Herald Street and …
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
It’s thorough and fast, but are you getting too many notifications?
The MBTA launched its new alerts system Tuesday, and as promised the alerts are detailed and timely, but depending on what you clicked when you signed up, you may be bombarded with emails or texts. The service offers a variety of clickable options and you can opt in or opt out as you please. In the early going, have you found the new service helpful, or are you busy deleting unwanted emails and avoiding your phone’s texts? Tell us in the comments.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Transit police said the suspect inappropriately assaulted a female boarding the Green Line C trolley at Park Street last week.
MBTA Police are searching for a male suspect they say "inappropriately assaulted" a female last week at Park Street Station. According to transit police on their website, the male assaulted the female last Tuesday, May 14, while boarding a Green Line C trolley at Park Street. The suspect is a white male who was wearing a red shirt at the time of the incident as well as a gray hooded sweatshirt with black horizontal stripes, blue jeans and sneakers. Anyone who knows the identity of the suspect or knows their whereabouts is encouraged to call the MBTA's Criminal Investigations Unit at 617-222-1050. Anonymous text tips on this case can be sent to 873873.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The system will provide more detailed alert information via text and email.
The MBTA is rolling out an entirely new alerts system next month which includes changes from the details provided in alert messages to a visual website enhancement. Through the new system, which goes into effect June 4, users can opt to receive email or text alerts for a late bus or train or a service interruption, much like the old system. However, the new alerts “will be clearer and more detailed with additional information regarding specific trip times, service schedule changes, and distinct directional, branch and station communications,” according to an MBTA press statement released Thursday. MBTA Deputy Press Secretary Kelly Smith further explained the new system in an email to Patch: "It’s built around a core of GTFS data. GTFS, or…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The canines recently began service with the MBTA by way of the Middle East.
Three bomb-sniffing dogs were led into service along the MBTA this week. The Metro’s Boston edition reported Monday that the three dogs—Moxie, Shifty and Wire—completed tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq and underwent weeks of training to get them used to working around civilians. The Metro also published a photo gallery of the dogs with their transit police counterparts on Tuesday.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
A driver, a cyclist, a runner, an in-line skater and a T rider raced from Somerville to Boston's business district Tuesday morning.
What's the fastest way to get from Davis Square to Boston's business district during rush hour? Taking the T, according to results from Tuesday's Rush Hour Race. Hosted by the LivableStreets Alliance and the Somerville Bicycle Committee, the Rush Hour Race pitted five types of commuters against each other: A driver, a T rider, a cyclist, a runner and an in-line skater. The challenge was to get from Redbones in Davis Square to Dewey Square, outside South Station, during rush hour. Racers took off at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. According to results posted by LivableStreets on Twitter, the T rider won. The driver lost big time. Steve Annear, a freelance reporter who rode along with the cyclist, posted on Twitter the following results from the …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Buses will replace trains five nights a week for a month from mid-May
As work continues on the Orange Line's station at Assembly Square in Somerville, service will be impacted five nights a week for a month starting May 19. According to the MBTA website, buses will replace trains between Oak Grove Station in Malden and Sullivan Square Station in Charlestown starting at 9 p.m. each Sunday through Thursday from May 19 to June 21. The diversions will last until the end of service, according to the MBTA. All stops will be serviced by buses between Oak Grove and Sullivan Square, including Medford's Wellington Station. There will be no diversion on Sunday, May 26, as a result of the Memorial Day holiday.