Sunday, July 8, 2012
* But not of "restricted areas" or if you're "interfering with transportation activity."
The right to take photos on public property, including the subway, is well established under the First Amendment. But depending on the T employee who sees you snapping photos, you might get hassled. Other riders have been known to take exception to shutterbugs, too. On Monday, the T updated its photo policy to make it clear that, under most circumstances, photography is allowed. Persons may take photographic or video images, including but not limited to film, digital or video recordings (Images) of MBTA Property, including but not limited to stations, buses, trains, or other vehicles for their personal use. Persons must not interfere with transportation activity while taking Images. The update comes after a period, post-September 11, when …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The Herald reports that plainclothes cops are being used to nab "piggybackers."
The Boston Herald reports today the MBTA police are cracking down on fare evaders. Plainclothes and uniformed police are being sent to stations around the MBTA's subway system to issue citations for violators, the Herald reports, and trolley and bus operators are being instructed to keep their rear doors sealed during boarding. So far this year, issued citations are up over 80 percent, the Herald said. What do you think? Editorial Note: This article, poll, and comments section are shared between the Charlestown and Beacon Hill Patch.com sites.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Community College sees flat crime rate.
If the MBTA’s 2011 crime stats have any message for Charlestown residents, it’s this: when convenient, go to Community College instead of Sullivan Square. Crime handled and recorded by MBTA transit police at Community College remained about the same in 2011 as in 2010, with five crimes recorded in each year, while crime at Sullivan Square more than doubled from seven to 19. The biggest increase at the major Orange Line and bus hub came from larcenies, as victims reported eight times that their property had been stolen from the station. Transit police also logged six robberies, one burglary and four assaults. The only bright spot in the statistics came from auto thefts. Two T riders reported their car had been stolen from Sullivan Station …