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  • Authorities: MBTA driver paid for fake Halloween attack to get workers' comp

    02/22/2018 11:20:58 AM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 7 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 2/22/2018
    An MBTA trolley driver paid a friend $2,000 to don a Halloween mask and "attack" him while he was on the job, allowing him to fraudulently collect workers' compensation and disability insurance, according to authorities. Thomas Lucey, 46, is facing charges of insurance fraud and other counts, including misleading police, after the bizarre plot crumbled when police pulled fingerprints off a fake plastic pumpkin the so-called "attacker" left behind and traced it back to Lucey's friend, according to Transit Police and prosecutors.
  • MBTA to shut down in tourist season thanks to inefficient Democratic liberalism

    06/10/2017 6:27:28 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 9 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    Guess what everyone? The MBTA transit system in Boston is going to close down most of its commuter lines this summer thanks to stupid government projects and leftist regulations stemming from Obama's last days that will close down vital transit lines to most of Massachusetts and its all happening during tourist season! The purple line is Boston's metro commuter rail that connects the Boston metro to surrounding areas of Eastern Massachusetts. Its our equivilent to Southern California's Metrolink in Los Angeles, the Sounder in Everett, Seattle and Tacoma, New York's Metrorail and Miami Tri-rail. Now I'm not here to argue...
  • Carmen's union president, 6 workers arrested in MBTA 'cash room' protest

    10/06/2016 10:44:24 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    ABC News WCVB.com ^ | October 6. 2016 | Unattributed
    <p>BOSTON —Seven members of a union representing Boston-area transit workers, including its president, were arrested early Thursday while protesting plans to privatize the system's cash handling system.</p> <p>The arrests occurred after picketers assembled outside the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's so-called "money room" to prevent workers and armored cars from entering the facility in the city's Charlestown section.</p>
  • Muslim Leader Says MBTA’s Response To Prayer Was ‘Understandable’

    06/18/2016 5:56:30 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 56 replies
    Boston.CBSLocal.com ^ | 6/17/16 | Christina Hager
    Local Muslims want the public to know their religion does not condone any violence, and clearly not the horror in Orlando. “This barbaric act has no place in Islam,” said Tahir Ali during a vigil on the steps of Worcester City Hall. Members of the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester gathered along with other clergy and political leaders for a public service at the end of a difficult week for the Islamic community. At the MBTA, anti-Muslim graffiti was discovered in a train. In another instance, guards responded with machine guns to a report of a Muslim couple praying on...
  • US Supreme Court lets stand rejection of pro-Israel ad

    01/11/2016 10:04:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 1/11/2016, 10:00 PM | Cynthia Blank
    The US Supreme Court rejected on Monday an appeal from a pro-Israel group seeking to place ads on the Boston-area mass transit system, AP reports. The ads are sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), also known as Stop Islamization of American, and they describe the Israel-Palestinian conflict as a war between the "civilized man and the savage." The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) initially rejected the AFDI ads, asserting they could be construed as "demeaning or disparaging" to Palestinian Arabs and Muslims. ...
  • Runaway Train in Massachusetts Investigated as Operator Error

    12/10/2015 6:13:34 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 10, 2015 | Daniella Silva
    A train filled with passengers that left a station south of Boston Thursday morning without an operator was being investigated as a case of operator error, officials said. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said the runaway Red Line train took off from Braintree Station without its conductor at approximately 6 a.m. Thursday morning.
  • MBTA revises ad policy after anti-Israeli ad condemned (Boston)

    11/24/2015 10:17:36 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies
    The Republican (Springfield, MA) ^ | November 23, 2015 | Gintautas Dumcius
    BOSTON - The MBTA fiscal control board revised the public transit agency's advertising policy after opponents of an ad taking aim at the Israeli government packed a board meeting and demanded the immediate removal of the ad from an MBTA station. Dr. Charles Jacobs, the head of the group Americans for Peace and Tolerance, said the ad puts Jewish people in danger. Others said it incites hatred and pointed to the death of Sharon’s Ezra Schwartz, who was killed last week in a terror attack while studying in Israel.
  • MBTA driver suspended after attack

    08/27/2015 5:25:00 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | August 27, 2015 | Owen Boss
    A veteran MBTA bus operator has been suspended while transit police investigate an incident captured on video that appears to show the driver attacking a rider who threw a drink on her while leaving the bus. “Transit Police are working to identify the woman who assaulted the bus operator,” MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said of the video, which has been posted online. “The woman was upset because the bus operator had asked her to pay the bus fare. It’s unclear why the woman felt she didn’t have to pay.”
  • MBTA passenger spits on bus driver; driver beans him with wooden block

    03/13/2015 8:48:03 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    MassLive LLC ^ | March 12, 2015 | Shira Schoenberg
    BOSTON — Call it an extreme case of road rage. A MBTA bus passenger got into a fight with a driver and spat on her. The driver retaliated by hitting the passenger over the head with a wooden block, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. Both driver and passenger were supposed to end up in court on Thursday, but the passenger never showed.
  • MBTA won’t say how much union workers are paid for shoveling

    02/17/2015 4:53:14 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | February 17, 2015
    Union workers and prison inmates lent the problem-plagued MBTA a much-needed hand this morning, clearing snow and ice from buried Red Line tracks, a T spokesman said — but their wages are a mystery.
  • [Boston] MBTA hiring workers to clear off the tracks [$30/hr pay]

    02/17/2015 7:30:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    WFXT, Fox 25, Boston ^ | Feb 17, 2015 5:51 AM EST
    Hundreds of people armed with shovels met at the Old Bayside Expo at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning to help dig out the city’s subway. The MBTA put out the call to unions over the weekend, saying that they needed people with shovels to dig out parts of the Red and Orange Lines. Three hundred people showed up and were paid about $30 an hour. […] The MBTA hasn’t been advertising the temporary shovel jobs or tell us how much they're willing to spend. […] The MBTA is also using prison inmates to help clear the tracks. …
  • Baker wrong to freeze himself out of MBTA process

    02/17/2015 4:35:05 AM PST · by luke1825 · 2 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 2/17 | peter lucas
    Dan Grabauskas has to be one of the luckiest men on the planet. Grabauskas, a Republican who was appointed MBTA general manager by then-Gov. Mitt Romney in 2005, was fired by Deval Patrick, a Democrat, on politically trumped-up charges when Patrick became governor in 2009. That firing paved the way for Patrick to take over the MBTA and eventually hire the snowstorm-challenged Beverly Scott, who resigned last week following the crippling of MBTA rail, subway and bus service.
  • Frozen out: Boston transport chief quits after transit shut down for two days in historic blizzards

    02/12/2015 11:37:20 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 12, 2015 | THOMAS BURROWS
    The head of Boston's transit agency has abruptly quit her $220,000-a-year job after the closure of the area's transport service for more than 24 hours twice in the last fortnight. Beverly Scott, 63, general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, announced her resignation in a letter to the board. She gave little explanation for her reasoning, but said she would work until April 11 to enable a smooth transition. In her resignation letter she said: 'During these past two years-plus, it has been an absolute pleasure and honor to serve with and lead this dedicated team of transit professionals...
  • MBTA GM Beverly Scott spared no expense on trips, record review shows

    MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott jetted off at taxpayer expense nearly every month during her two-plus-year tenure — sometimes several times a month — to conferences and meetings around the country, even as the troubled transit system was collapsing around her, a Herald review shows. A review of Scott’s monthly expense reports provided by the MBTA as part of public records request shows she spent 106 days traveling out of state while at the helm of the T, taking 30 trips in 24 months. During that time, Scott, who announced yesterday she’s stepping down in April, racked up $56,753 in...
  • Beverly Scott Stepping Down As Head Of MBTA

    02/11/2015 7:26:32 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | February 11, 2015
    BOSTON (CBS) — Beverly Scott is resigning as MBTA general manager, the transportation agency said Wednesday afternoon. The MBTA had suspended rail service Monday night and Tuesday to clear snow from its tracks amid a record-setting period of snowfall in the Boston area. Gov. Charlie Baker and others had criticized the MBTA for its lackluster performance during the extreme snow and cold.
  • As Snow Piles Up in Boston, So Do Frustrations With Beleaguered Transit System

    02/10/2015 8:38:46 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | FEB. 10, 2015 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE and JESS BIDGOOD
    BOSTON — Rebekah Adelstone usually drives to work, which takes 15 minutes. Since record snows have fallen, she has not wanted to risk losing her precious parking spot, so she has taken a bus to the subway. But on Tuesday, after even more snow fell, the subway system was shut down. So she ended up taking two buses to work, and her commute stretched to two hours. Her ordeal was typical of many residents, who soldiered through the more than six feet of snow that has piled up in the last 17 days. With no chance to melt, the snows...
  • Half-billion dollar MBTA contract awarded to firm owned by Chinese gov(Mass...the RED line!)

    A Chinese government-owned rail company was awarded a $566.6 million Massachusetts state contract on Wednesday to build subway trains for the "T," the nation's oldest subway system, despite concerns from local activists about China's human rights record as well as complaints from competitors that the company's winning bid was unrealistically low. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation's board of directors voted unanimously to approve a contract with CNR MA Corporation to build 284 new subway cars. The new cars are needed to replace the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's 32-year-old Orange Line trains and the 44-year-old Red Line cars that serve the...
  • Freedom of Speech Goes on Trial in Boston

    12/05/2013 1:50:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    atlas shrugs ^ | 12/5/13 | Pamela Geller
    It's not lost on me that I find myself just a stone's throw from Boston Harbor where the greatest of wars -- the fight for freedom and individual rights -- broke out here in 1774. Nowhere, at no time, has there been a more righteous of cause in the history of humankind. Then, as today, an out-of-control government took outrageous and egregious actions against our most basic individual rights -- and in this case, the most precious of all freedoms, the freedom of speech. Today Robert Spencer and I went to court in Boston. David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise represented...
  • MBTA restores ads critical of Israel

    10/26/2013 12:57:38 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 26, 2013 | By Lisa Wangsness and Martine Powers
    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said Friday it would restore advertisements criticizing Israel that had been removed after a rash of complaints from the public. The ads, which appeared throughout the transit system, depict four maps that purport to show “the Palestinian loss of land” to Israel between 1946 and 2010. Text alongside the maps says: “4.7 million Palestinians are Classified by the UN as Refugees.”
  • T opens pension books

    08/09/2013 7:18:57 AM PDT · by massmike
    http://bostonherald.com/ ^ | 08/09/2013 | Matt Stout
    More than one-third of MBTA employees getting pensions retired before the age of 55 and a thousand-plus left in their 40s, according to a Herald review of a massive database that was finally released yesterday after a series of stories that challenged the T retirement board’s refusal to disclose the payouts. A Herald review of the database showed: • More than half of the 6,300-plus people listed in the database retired before the age of 60, and 35 percent — or 2,240 — left before 55. •   Another 1,129 retirees, or 17 percent of the system, opted out in their 40s....