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.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
There have been 28 reported assaults on MBTA employees during the first four months of 2013.
The MBTA wants the public to know that if they attack a driver while working there will be serious consequences. The MBTA’s new “Don’t Touch The Driver” public relations campaign features posters on the ceilings and backs of chairs inside buses and train cars depicting hands in handcuffs and messages warning that an attacker will be sought after, arrested and prosecuted. “Violence toward a bus driver is against the law,” one poster says. “We will prosecute.” The campaign, which includes a new recorded message issued by T General Manager Beverly Scott at T stations issued, follows the most recent attack, which took place in Dorchester where a group of teenagers flagged down a bus and then proceeded to attack the driver. There have been 28 …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Google is partnering with the MBTA to deliver free Internet to the Boston area’s largest train station.
The MBTA is starting to get wired. South Station launched a free wireless Internet program on May 2, according to a joint press release from Google, Redevelopment Ventures Corporation and the MBTA. Google invested in the endeavor, and Redevlopment Ventures is responsible for WiFi development, the press release states. “Anything that improves our customers’ transit experience is a good thing,” MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said in the statement. “By coupling this new initiative with the WiFi service provided on Commuter Rail trains, the MBTA is keeping its customers connected from the moment they enter South Station to the time they exit trains.”
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The twice-daily express commuter rail made its debut Monday.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation alongside other agencies launched a new express commuter train between Worcester and Boston Monday morning. The train runs along the Worcester/Framingham line twice daily: once toward Boston during the morning commuter and once toward Worcester in the afternoon, according to MBTA.com. During weekday mornings, the train will depart from Worcester’s Union Station at 6:20 a.m., make a stop in Framingham at 7 a.m., make another stop at Back Bay Station at 7:37 a.m. and finish the run at South Station at 7:43 a.m. In the afternoon, the train will depart from South Station at 5:35 p.m., stop at Back Bay Station at 5:41 p.m., make a stop in Framingham at 6:13 p.m. and finish in Worcester at 6:43 p.m…
Friday, April 26, 2013
After five years of waiting, the first batch of double-decker coaches left from North Station Wednesday morning.
Passengers aboard three brand new commuter rail cars, which left from North Station Wednesday morning, took a ride that was five years in the making. The MBTA announced Wednesday that three of the 75 new double-decker commuter rail coaches built by Korean company Hyundai-Rotem were in service. The cars left from North Station toward Haverhill at 10:30 a.m. on April 24. “We are constantly working to bring our customers a better experience,” MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said in a statement. “These new coaches will do just that, with a cleaner, more informed and more comfortable trip for all on board.” The coaches will service the north side of the commuter rail system before operating throughout in the coming weeks, according to the …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The T is running close to normal Wednesday, but Copley Station remains closed.
A 12-block downtown triangle continues to be closed to the public following the Marathon Monday bombings.