Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The MBTA sent out the alert at about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday.
Alewife Station is temporarily closed due to police activity, the MBTA announced at about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday. Alternate shuttle service will be running between Alewife and Davis stations during the closure, according to the MBTA. Please contact any MBTA station personnel for assistance.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The Transit Police have released numbers for their "Operation Fare Game," a crackdown on people who jump the turnstiles or otherwise avoid paying to ride the T.
A crackdown on subway freeloaders has resulted in more than 600 citations being issued since July 9. The Transit Police released numbers on Thursday for "Operation Fare Game." So far, 636 citations have been handed out. There are various ways to avoid paying your fare. One tactic is "piggybacking," or walking in right behind someone who did pay. Another is holding the sensor open for people behind you, as anti-austerity activists are prone to do. The citations carry fines. A first offense is $50, a second will cost you $100 and a third will set you back $300. If you don't pay up within a month, your driver's license could be put on "nonrenewal" status — the same as happens when you don't pay parking tickets. Freeloading deprives the …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
See what had passengers running for cover late Sunday afternoon.
A man carrying what appeared to be a handgun had passengers on an MBTA bus in Arlington Center yelling and running for cover late Sunday afternoon. Six Arlington Police officers responded to the bus, which had been pulled over in front of Shanghai Village restaurant at 434 Massachusetts Ave., at about 4:29 p.m. for a report of a man with a gun. The man had exited the bus and walked away from the scene by the time police arrived, according to the police report. After a short search, police located the suspect walking on Broadway, toward Somerville, and determined that the handgun-like object was actually a BB gun, specifically a Powerline Airstrike 240 (photo examples). The BB gun was loaded, and the man also had a canister of .24-caliber …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
There were over 400 million passenger trips on the MBTA in fiscal year 2012, according to the transit authority—the highest yearly ridership in MBTA history.
Ridership on the MBTA over the past fiscal year—July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012—reached above 400 million, according to an announcement from the MBTA. That's the highest ridership the transit authority has ever had in a single fiscal year, the announcement says. According to the MBTA, ridership in fiscal year 2012 rose by 5.7 percent over fiscal year 2011 to 400,185,000. There was an average of 1.312 million passenger trips per weekday in fiscal year 2012. That's the first time average weekday ridership was over 1.3 million for the whole year, the announcement says. According to the announcement, June also represented the 17th consecutive month of ridership growth on the MBTA (when comparing each month to its equivalent month the previous …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The incident occurred at Windsor Street on Massachusetts Avenue, according to the alleged victim.
After yelling at an MBTA bus driver, a man allegedly got off the 77 bus in East Arlington at about 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, and pointed a silver automatic handgun at another man, who had been telling the other passengers to call police. The victim said he ran home after the man pointed the gun and said, “What are you going to do?” He said the man ran down Massachusetts Avenue toward Cambridge. The incident occurred at Windsor Street on Massachusetts Avenue, he said. Get Arlington police news in your inbox every morning by signing up for our free daily newsletter. The victim told Arlington Police that he boarded the 77 bus in Harvard Square. He said just before his Windsor Street stop, the man began to argue with the bus driver. He said…
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
After Saturday, June 30, you won't be able to use old MBTA tokens to add value to your CharlieCard.
Thanks to Ron Newman, who posted a reminder about this on Davis Square Livejournal. If you've got old T tokens lying around, they're currently worth $1.25 if you use them in a CharlieCard machine. Although the MBTA got rid of token-operated turnstiles over five years ago, the tokens are still worth the money, and you can use them to add value to your CharlieCard. After Saturday, June 30, that will change. Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for the MBTA, confirmed that starting July 1, old tokens won't have monetary value, at least as far as the T is concerned—they may be worth something as collectibles. So, if you've got drawers and jars filled with old tokens, you may want to cash them in this week. Of course, you may want lots of old tokens, and …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The plan, effective July 1, includes a 23 percent rise in fares and a cut in service.
When the vote was heard, the room filled with the shouts of "Shame on You!" That was the initial public reaction on Thursday to the MBTA's approval of a plan that aims to boost fares 23 percent and cut service back to help rectify a $161 million deficit. MBTA board members approved the plan in a 4-1 vote, which would raise most subway fares by 30 cents, bus fares by 25 cents, and commuter rail fares by at least $1.25. The new fares are effective July 1. There's been a mix of reaction from Patch readers over the issue, even since the MBTA's first two proposals, which looked to increase fares by up to 43 percent and make drastic cuts to service on the commuter rail at night and on weekends. So, now that the new plan has been approved, what …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The MBTA faces a budget deficit heading into the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The fare hikes and service cuts will also start July 1.
After all of the talk, public hearings, and protests over the past three months, the MBTA Board voted Wednesday afternoon to boost fares 23 percent and cut back service in an attempt to close a projected $159 million deficit in the next fiscal year. Board members approved a plan in a 4-1 vote that would raise most subway fares by 30 cents, bus fares by 25 cents, and commuter rail fares by at least $1.25. Meanwhile, some cuts in service -- mainly involving bus routes, The Ride, and the commuter rail -- were also approved. The cuts do not impact Arlington directly. However, through the MBTA's routine quarterly schedule changes, two Arlington bus routes were recently scaled back. Many people showed up at today's hearing and were given a …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The MBTA's quarterly schedule changes may not have garnered quite the same attention as the authority's recent proposal, but for some Arlington residents, they hit closer to home.
Arlington’s bus routes may have avoided cuts in the MBTA’s headline-grabbing proposal, released Wednesday, that aims to close the authority’s projected $159 million budget gap through a combination of service reductions and eliminations and fare hikes, among other measures. However, two of the town’s routes, the 78 in particular, were hit by the MBTA’s routine, quarterly schedule changes, which went into effect last Saturday, March 24, with no prior public meetings (the proposal had 31) or “Superheroes” to save the day. The MBTA’s 78 bus, which runs through Arlington Heights and stops at Alewife and Harvard Square stations in Cambridge, saw about a 23.6 percent decrease in its number of daily weekday trips as a result of the recent changes…
The local state senator will be seeking answers to service reductions to Center buses
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Editor's note: The following is a letter to the editor from state Sen. William Brownsberger (D-Belmont) The MBTA staff has released is recommendations about fiscal 2013 to the MBTA Board. In a nutshell, the MBTA clearly got the message that service cuts were unacceptable. The staff recommendations call for relatively minimal service cuts: 99.7 percent of MBTA annual trips are unaffected. In addition, fare increases are limited to only approximately 23 percent overall. We are still studying the staff recommendation, but it appears that very few of the service cuts that my constituents have expressed concern about were recommended. Most routes in my district are unaffected. Michael Buckley on my staff will be posting additional details on my…