If you enjoyed last weekend's Orange Line hassle, you'll be happy to know this weekend a larger chunk of the line will be out of commission. On Saturday and Sunday, buses will replace trains between Forest Hills and Ruggles. It's bus service all day and night, both weekend days. Plan accordingly! Here's what the T says about the disruption:
Due to MBTA crews performing necessary track work, buses will replace Orange Line trains between Forest Hills and Ruggles Stations in both directions from start to end of service on Saturday, August 20, 2016, and Sunday, August 21, 2016.
The 38th Annual Wake Up The Earth Festival runs noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Here is a map of the live music, vendors and other events you'll experience. If you'd like to be in one of the parades leading to the festival, meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at any of the following three step-off points (yes, three this year!):
The Egleston YMCA, 3134 Washington St. Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. Dudley Square Plaza, 2400 Washington St.
Just in case subway riders haven't gotten a taste of Casey Arborway construction traffic, the T will be putting Orange Line passengers in shuttle buses this Saturday and Sunday, and again next weekend. The shuttle buses will be running so track and signal work can be done. The closures are in both directions from Ruggles to Forest Hills. Casey construction hours generally run through about 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays, though night work is slated to begin at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, the last scheduled day of bus replacement service. For more on the subway closures, please visit the T's Website.
The 37th Annual Wake Up The Earth Festival runs noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Here is a map of the live music, vendors and other events you'll experience. If you'd like to be in one of the two parades leading to the festival, meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at either the Egleston YMCA or Curtis Hall Community Center. If you find this map too small to read, please use the magnifying glass symbol to make it larger. You may also simply download it for print-out.
MBTA Police warn against using your smart phone on the T. It distracts you and makes you an easy target for thieves. A 50-year-old woman sitting on an Orange Line train learned that lesson Friday morning when a teen swiped her phone and sprinted out the door at Stony Brook. The incident took place just before 7:30 a.m., according to Transit Police. The woman was sitting in what T police call "the hot seat" for being the target of theft — the one right beside the train door. Police say an MBTA employee, guided by shouts from the victim's fellow passengers, was able to keep the young man from getting out of the station.
Good Morning, #JamaicaPlain! #DevotionToADream #Phish no more promises that no one could keep/ no more lies to keep us from sleep/ no more phone calls when you don't say what you mean/ I've got faith in a fairytale, devotion to a dream/ it's today the vows are broken/ it's today the charade is over/ it's today the curtain's coming down/ now the battle-lines are chosen/ it's today my eyes are open/ it's today the time to turn around/ no more knowing glances or places we can hide/ no more chances to keep this thing alive/ the two of us together it wasn't in the grand scheme/ all it was was a fairytale and devotion to a dream/ devotion to a dream/ no more promises no more keeping score/ no more wondering what I stay here for/ we broke the awkward silence with polite and practiced lies/ while images occupied our minds/ an uneventful voyage that stranded us upstream/ all it was was a fairytale and devotion to a dream/ devotion to a dream/ yesterday my path was chosen/ yesterday my smile was frozen/ yesterday my doors were closing down/ tomorrow I can cross the border/ it's today a new world-order/ yesterday my will was broken down/ I'll ignore where this is leading/ tomorrow glaciers are receding/ now I'm mending things I broke inside/ A photo posted by Edward Byrne (@setbreakstagram) on Feb 12, 2015 at 3:55am PST
Edward Byrne caught this epic sunrise at Stony Brook Station. He Instagrams as Setbreakstagram. Each weekday we post a “Photo of the Day” from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it:
Email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews
Tag a picture on Twitter with @02130News
Put your photo in the Jamaica Plain News photo pool on Flickr
The MBTA had originally said that Tuesday rail service from Forest Hills would be like Monday's — AKA nada. But as of Tuesday morning, a reduced number of trains are making the trip from Forest Hills as far as Sullivan Square. The T's "Winter" page indicates Green Line trolleys still aren't running to JP. You'll have bus replacement service along the E line from Heath to Symphony on Tuesday. The Orange Line news wasn't widely publicized at first, as evidenced by this Tweet:
The beleaguered MBTA won't run subways on the Orange Line or the E-line trolley in Jamaica Plain on Monday. Instead, there'll be bus service from Forest Hills to Back Bay and from Heath Street to Northeastern. For more details, see the "Winter" page on the T's website. The T didn't run at all on Sunday during the most recent blizzard.
On Friday, police in Jamaica Plain sent out a list of tips to make yourself less likely to become a crime victim. The community alert was sparked by an armed robbery on Wednesday and an attempted armed robbery on Thursday. Both of the incidents took place as people walked home from Stony Brook Station, police wrote in their alert. Here are a few of the tips:
Be alert of your surroundings and the people around you. Avoid walking alone and trust your instincts.
While the most serious crime categories fell slightly across the entire T in the first six months of 2014 as compared to that period in 2013, they edged slightly up on the Orange Line. You can dig into the numbers in the full Transit Police report embedded below. (If the embed doesn't work on your device, here's a link to the report.)
Orange Line "Part I" crime -- firearm and knife assaults, rape, arson and other serious incidents -- ticked up slightly from 97 to 99 incidents. Serious assaults nearly doubled from 10 to 19 while robberies fell from 37 to 23. Simple assaults, which are "Part II" crimes, plummeted from 73 to 54.