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By adamg - 11/22/21 - 10:08 pm

Victim identified as Noel Jimenez, 30, of Hyde Park.

Boston Police report a man in his 30s was shot on Maple Street near the Fairmount commuter-rail stop around 9:50 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 11/19/21 - 5:26 pm

Kokou Kuakumensah, 31, of Worcester, was sentenced to five years in federal prison today after admitting he programmed blank credit cards with other people's digits and then used them at ticket kiosks at MBTA stations to buy monthly passes he'd then sell through Craigslist and at the Grafton station on the Worcester line, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 10/22/21 - 2:55 pm
Wanted for Back Bay beating

Surveillance photos via TPD.

Transit Police report they are looking for two men they say beat up a third man at the Back Bay T stop because he couldn't give them any cigarettes. Read more.

By adamg - 10/17/21 - 2:47 pm

The MBTA will be giving away $5 Dunk's gift cards at South Station at the convenient time of 1 p.m. on Monday. Bonus: Get a free face mask with every gift card. Workers will also be handing out the gift cards and masks at various subway stops at random times: Maverick, Orient Heights, Wonderland, North Station, Haymarket, South Station, JFK/UMass, Ashmont, Braintree, Harvard, Park Street, Copley, Kenmore, Back Bay and Forest Hills.

By adamg - 10/1/21 - 10:44 am

A Louisiana family who lost almost everything in Hurricane Ida who came up here to watch the Saints play the Patriots on Sunday got off a train after the game at Back Bay were on that escalator that suddenly went into reverse, throwing them down and mangling them - they claim in a suit against the MBTA and the company contracted with maintaining the device. Read more.

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By adamg - 9/27/21 - 9:41 pm

WBZ reports the latest on the up escalator that suddenly reversed direction at Back Bay yesterday, sending nine people to the hospital (story has graphic details on what happened to one little girl and her mother).

By adamg - 9/26/21 - 6:26 pm

Boston EMS reports nine people had to be taken to local hospitals after an up escalator at Back Bay reversed and began going down, around 6 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 9/24/21 - 12:02 pm

Transit Police report arresting a Middleborough man they say refused a request from a conductor to put a mask on, then shoved the employee and forced his way aboard by using his shoulder as a battering ram. Read more.

By adamg - 9/23/21 - 1:43 pm

Update, 8:07 p.m.: He's made it to Philadelphia and discovers that "SEPTA is evil."

Jules Wang set out early this morning to see just how far south he could get strictly on public transit (not including Amtrak). Read more.

By adamg - 9/12/21 - 12:46 pm

MBTA Commuter Rail reports the 12:20 p.m. train to Providence is just sitting at South Station with its doors closed because of a "crew availability issue," i.e., they can't find anybody to work that train.

By adamg - 8/19/21 - 1:48 pm
Flooded commuter rail tracks in Union Square, Somerville

Somerville City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen captured the scene along the Fitchburg Line tracks, next to the impending Union Square Green Line stop, after this afternoon's drenching rain. Note the floating timbers. Read more.

By adamg - 8/18/21 - 7:44 am
Car on train tracks

Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a two-car crash near Washington and Herald streets around 4 a.m. ended with one car on its back on the commuter-rail tracks 40 feet below. Read more.

By adamg - 8/13/21 - 9:45 pm
Wanted for being open and gross at Uphams Corner

Transit Police report they are looking for a man they say tried to put on a little show at the Uphams Corner stop on the Fairmount Line around 6 a.m. on Thursday.

If the man in the photo (redacting courtesy TPD) looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or text an anonymous tip to 873873 .

By adamg - 8/1/21 - 12:34 pm

People trying to get into Boston from West Gloucester on commuter rail this morning had an extra 2 1/2 hours added to their trip when their train came down with what the T described as "a mechanical issue" somewhere between Chelsea and North Station. Read more.

By adamg - 7/4/21 - 9:48 am
Needham Line train in Roslindale on a Sunday

Joe D. shows us something Roslindale hasn't seen in decades: Sunday service on the Needham Line, part of the T's post-pandemic commuter-rail schedule changes.

By adamg - 6/15/21 - 10:59 am

The MBTA says July 3 is when full service will resume on all commuter-rail lines, including weekend service on the lines that used to have it in the before times but had it axed in January. Masks are still required on T trains and buses and in stations. The T adds:

New schedules will represent an increase in the overall number of weekend trains operating with new, earlier options that match the needs of shift workers like essential employees in the healthcare industry.

By adamg - 6/5/21 - 11:09 pm
Workers on a piece of the new bridge at Robert Street

After connecting thick wires to a large slab of concrete, workers jumped off to help steady it as the crane lifted it to the bridge.

After one crew spent last night on equipment that gnawed away the old Needham Line bridge over Robert Street in Roslindale Square, another crew came in this morning to get the new bridge into place and ready for trains on Monday. Read more.

By adamg - 5/1/21 - 3:28 pm

Transit Police report arresting an allegedly short-tempered Providence man who blamed another man at South Station for stealing his phone and then began punching him in the face, even though the victim had nothing to do with the alleged fool's phone, which was waiting for him at the station lost and found - and had been siting there before he unleashed his closed fist of fury at Track 7 shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday. Read more.

By adamg - 4/25/21 - 12:33 pm

Governing takes a look at recent scheduling changes by the T that begin to move commuter rail toward a more European-style "regional rail" system that assumes people might want to get somewhere other than downtown Boston at times other than just rush hour.

By adamg - 4/9/21 - 2:54 pm
Big beam

Yesterday, a trucker delivered this oversize-load sized steel beam to Robert Street in Roslindale Square so that, starting at 4 a.m. on Saturday, workers can begin to replace the bridge that now carries the Needham Line over the street. The bridge dates to 1898.

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