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MBTA Revenue Up Despite Ridership Fall

Ridership aboard MBTA dropped 2 percent in fiscal year 2013.

The transit service made more than half-a-billion dollars in 2013 for the first time ever in its history.
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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - August 5, 2013 at 3:47 am

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The Secret to MBTA Late Night Service: T-Passes for All Students?


One local group is attempting to revive late night public transit in Boston.
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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 23, 2013 at 3:30 am

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MBTA Expands Training Program for Seniors, People with Disabilities


By: Bret Silverberg

Senior citizens and people with disabilities now have a chance to learn just how accessible the T, MBTA buses and other fixed route services can be to them.

The MBTA announced a partnership with Somerville based non-p
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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 17, 2013 at 5:43 am

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MBTA Schedule: 4th of July


To accommodate increased ridership and an Esplanade fireworks display, the MBTA has doled out a few schedule changes and different rules for July 4.

All subway lines will operate on a <a h South End Patch News

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm

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Juvenile Accused of Throwing Bleach in MBTA Bus Incident

If you have information on these three women, the MBTA wants you to call 617-222-1050 or text to 873873.

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 co-defendant 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 weapon, and assault and battery, according to Wark.

Boston Juvenile Court Judge Paul Lewis revoked the juvenile defendant’s bail in an open case out of Brookline charging her with assault and battery and shoplifting. Her name is not being released because she is a juvenile. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - June 19, 2013 at 11:00 pm

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Two ID’d in MBTA Bus Bleach Attack

If you have information on these three women, the MBTA wants you to call 617-222-1050 or text to 873873.

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.

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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - June 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

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MBTA Opens New Underground Training Facility

The MBTA has unveiled a brand new emergency training facility.

The MBTA Emergency Training Center is an underground facility located near the Broadway T Station in South Boston.

The facility contains multiple training areas dedicated to different modes of transit including heavy rail, light rail and bus, according to an MBTA statement.

The facility also has full-sized decommissioned bus and rail vehicles and a control room that can simulate audio and visual effects of a real-time emergency situation.

“The MBTA Emergency Training Center will enhance the MBTA’s ability to prepare for emergencies more realistically, frequently, and with fewer service or cost impacts,” according to an email by Joe Pesaturo, MBTA spokesman.

The facility opened as a streetcar station in 1917, but closed two years later due to redundancies. Since, the unoccupied space has been used for everything from material storage to growing mushrooms, according to the statement. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - June 13, 2013 at 1:02 am

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MBTA Bus Diversions for Boston Pride Parade

The parade route (map from 2012, but the same route will be used in 2013, according to the Boston Pride website).

The Boston Pride Parade is 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


No Service to Belvidere Street, Boylston Street or Clarendon Street. 

Connections can be made at Huntington Ave and Gainsborough St or Dartmouth Street at Back Bay Station.


No Service to Berkeley Street or St James Avenue.

Connections can be made at Back Bay (Dartmouth Street) or Huntington Avenue and Exeter Street.

Route 9 


No service to Berkeley Street between Washington Street and St. James Avenue.

  • No service to St. James Avenue, Huntington Avenue, Ring Road or Boylston Street (Copley Square).

Connections can be made at Back Bay Station or Berkeley Street and Washington Street.


No Service to Boylston Street, Arlington Street or Herald Street between Tremont Street and Washington Street.

Connections can be made at Back Bay Station (Dartmouth Street) or Herald Street and Harrison Avenue. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - June 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm

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MBTA Police Seeking Assault Suspect

MBTA Police are seeking this suspect they believe assaulted a female at Park Street Station May 14.

MBTA Police are searching for a male suspect they say “inappropriately assaulted” a female last week at Park Street Station.

According to transit police, 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.

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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 21, 2013 at 11:26 am

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MBTA to Launch New T-Alerts Service in June

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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 anMBTA 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 General Transit Feed Specification, is the industry standard for sharing schedule information. This means that, for example, when dispatchers enter an alert that a bus route is on detour, they select not just the route from a list but each stop bypassed from a list of all stops served; if a commuter rail trip is delayed they can select the trip from a list of trips. Not only does this make alerts more detailed, but because the options chosen are shared with developers and are based on the same GTFS core they may be using, it opens up new opportunities in filtering, displaying, and using the information.” read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm

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