MBTA

Judge orders evaluation for suspect in bus attack

In Dorchester District Court Tuesday, Judge David Poole ordered a 20-day mental evaluation for 32-year-old Steven Phillips, who allegedly flashed two teenage girls on the Route 23 MBTA bus just before 3 p.m. on Monday, and then stabbed them both. Phillips will be sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for the evaluation, on a recommendation by the court's clinician.  Read more

Next stop: 21st century in Fields Corner

The new platforms at Fields Corner Station on the Red Line. Photo by Pete Stidman.  Read more

Long track led to Red Line restorations

Although civic leaders had long called for action, the present transformation of Dorchester's Red Line stations dates back to well organized grassroots activism in the late 1990s. The now dormant Dorchester Allied Neighborhood Association (DANA) tapped into emerging e-mail chains to ferment an alliance of dissatisfied T-riders along the spine of the Dorchester Avenue corridor. The activists' focused lobbying kept lawmakers lazer-locked on their own efforts to push through bond money to fund the T improvements.  Read more

Reassessing the streetcar's values

It wasn't too long ago when businessmen returning from their downtown offices alighted from streetcars at Fields Corner, Uphams Corner, Grove Hall and many, if not most, of the major streets in Dorchester. Those days are gone, the tracks in the roadbeds destroyed during the heyday of America's love affair with the automobile some sixty years ago.  Read more

Four Corners wins concession from T

The Greater Four Corners Action Coalition has succeeded in encouraging some significant changes to the MBTA Commuter Rail's plans for a Four Corners Station on the Fairmount Line. The adjustments could potentially set a new standard for the remaining three stations at Newmarket, Talbot Avenue and Blue Hill Avenue.  Read more

Red Line woes keep piling up

The skirmish between federal and state highway authorities over the condition of the Longfellow Bridge- which has led to a 10 mile-per-hour speed restriction as crews check and rehabilitate the span over the Charles River - is not the only factor causing frustration for Red Line commuters in recent months.  Read more

After over 100 years, a trolley clatters down retirement road

A recent photo of the ancient Trolley 5164 as it sat in a yard near Mattapan Station. It has served various Boston transit companies and agencies since 1907. Photo courtesy The Lone Rider

Identified only as car 5164, it was never well known. It was only one among an order of 100 identical Type 3 passenger cars when it first arrived, shiny and new, from the St. Louis Car Company in 1907.  Read more

MBTA warms to plan for Fields Corner mural

The MBTA - facing an ongoing battle with graffiti near its Fields Corner station -all but jumped on a request for space to paint a mural there from the domestic violence prevention organization Close to Home recently.

"When the general manager got this in, this is something he wanted to do anyway, coming from a good community organization" said GM Daniel Grabauskas's chief of staff Kris Erickson. "But when we found out later that it would also be a benefit to us, it sounded like a slam dunk."  Read more

New Fairmount Line station meetings announced

Now that designs for the Four Corners Station are near complete, the MBTA has scheduled meetings for the remaining three planned stations along the commuter rail's Fairmount Line. Thirty percent design meetings for the Talbot Station (July 10, 6:30 p.m., 193 Talbot Ave.), Blue Hill Avenue Station (Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m., 5 Mildred Ave.) and Newmarket Station (Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m., 550 Dudley St.) will collect community input on the designs, which can occasionally inform alterations to them.  Read more

After a decade of work, a garden blooms at Shawmut

With a yew and haw and a black cohosh, neighbors of the Shawmut T station on the Red Line celebrated the culmination of an over a decade-long struggle last Saturday. Where once stood decrepit warehouses and flooded sidewalks now grows a medicinal herb garden with informational plaques and 36 plant varieties.  Read more