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Company says it’s ‘deeply disappointed’ with decision

BOSTON — A judge has denied a request by the losing bidder of a contract to operate the state’s commuter rail system to block the MBTA from moving forward with a new company.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Kaplan ruled Thursday that the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. failed to establish a likelihood of success on its claim that the MBTA “acted illegally or arbitrarily or capriciously” when it awarded the $2.68 billion contract to Keolis Commuter Services.

Kaplan said an injunction could harm the public interest by disrupting ongoing efforts to transfer operations by July 1.

MBCR has operated the commuter rail service since 2003. It claimed T officials coached Keolis on how to win the contract, and questioned aspects of the bid.

MBRC said it’s “deeply disappointed” and is focused on the transition of commuter rail operations to Keolis.


Victim identified as Rutland resident Nancy Woods

NORTH BROOKFIELD, Mass. — A bus driver helping her lone passenger disembark from the vehicle was killed when the vehicle started to move.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said Nancy Woods, 46, of Rutland, stopped her bus near Chestnut and Maple streets around 3 p.m. and was helping her passenger get off of the back of the bus when it started to move forward.

Witnesses said Woods ran around to the driver’s side door and reached inside, but the bus hit her and continued to roll down Chestnut Street.

The bus, which was described as the size of a large van, continued to roll until it hit a garage on Maple Street.

The passenger remained in the van and suffered minor injuries.

The investigation is continuing.


By Maria Papadopoulos/The Enterprise

WickedLocal

BOSTON — A Brockton man was commended in Boston on Wednesday for intervening to help an MBTA police officer who was being assaulted at South Station.

The Enterprise reported that Steven Germain, a Quincy native who works as a Massachusetts Bay commuter rail car inspector, received a Certificate of Commendation at Transit Police Headquarters in Boston Wednesday morning.

MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul S. MacMillan, who presented the certificate to Germain, praised Germain’s “service before self, perseverance and commitment” in helping to diffuse a chaotic situation.

“His swift and decisive measures disrupted an assault on a police officer which could have resulted in serious injuries,” MacMillan said in a statement Wednesday. “His immediate and selfless intervention directly contributed to the apprehension of a dangerous individual.”

Germain intervened to help MBTA Officer Vincent Moy, who was attacked while patrolling the commuter rail lobby inside Boston’s South Station about 7 p.m. on March 10, MacMillan said.

An unidentified man began acting erratically, and pushed Moy to the ground as the officer was trying to restrain and handcuff him, MacMillan said.

Germain saw the assault and “without regard for his own well-being,” quickly ran to help Moy, and pulled the man off him, MacMillan said.

Reached Wednesday afternoon, Germain, 54, said he acted quickly out of fear for the officer’s safety.

“I just did what I thought was right, took the man off him,” said Germain. “I didn’t think anything of it.”

Germain and Moy then restrained and handcuffed the man.

Germain, who is single, said he moved from Quincy to Brockton two years ago. He is a 1978 graduate of Quincy High School.

He said he has worked for the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail for two decades.


MBTA will keep mosaic, build around it

BOSTON — When you start a construction project to renovate a major subway station that dates back to the previous century, you’re bound to come across some surprises.

A 100-year-old “Scollay Under” mosaic was uncovered by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority construction crews.

See photos of the sign, demolition of station

The mosaic was discovered on a Blue Line platform, near the location of the existing escalator, MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo said.

The goal is to keep the mosaic in place and build around it.

Watch video report

Before Boston City Hall Plaza was built at its current location, completely replacing old Scollay Square, the underground station platforms were known as Scollay on what would become the Green Line, and Scollay Under on what would be called the Blue Line.

The other Scollay Under mosaic has been visible on the Green Line platform.

Government Center Station closed March 22 as reconstruction begins on the station. When the project is done, the station will include a new head house structure as the primary entrance, raised code compliant platforms to provide accessible boarding of the Green Line low-floor trains,  the introduction of new elevators from the street to the Green Line level, as well as from the Green Line level to the Blue Line level, new escalators and a new and expanded fare collection area.


Passengers transported by shuttle

BOSTON — Travel has been halted on the Orange Line at the Ruggles MBTA station after a person was struck by a train, officials say.

MBTA Transit Police said the person was being transported to a hospital by Boston EMS, and the incident is under investigation.

Passengers are being shuttled between Back Bay station and Jackson Square.


If approved, fare hike would take effect in July

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is proposing a 5% fare increase to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority fares as part of its 2015 budget, the agency announced during a Finance and Audit Committee meeting Tuesday.

The fare increase, if approved, would take effect on July 1.

The proposal would raise local bus fares 10 cents from $1.50 to $1.60. MBTA subway fares would also increase by 10 cents from $2.00 to $2.10.

Breakdown: Proposed fare increases

Commuter rail fares would increase anywhere from $.10 to $.50, depending on how many zones customers travel through.

The increase would generated $20 to $24.5 million in new fare revenue, the agency estimates.

Public hearings would be held in April to discuss the proposed fare increase.


Speeding Buses©

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Today I saw two different MBTA buses
at two different times
Going in two different directions
They had their employer name in common
Along with the facts that they were speeding and rushing through a yellow to red light
Then I saw a speeding school bus
So now is it a must that all buses of any kind have to speed
I thought about how it must have felt
Felt to be a passenger on a speeding bus that didn’t care about my life
Didn’t care about just how easy it would have been to take the life of everyone on the bus
And maybe the lives of innocent bystanders on foot or in cars
Why does anyone carrying passengers think it’s OK to speed
Is time so much more important than life
I know that keeping schedules are important but not more important than the safety of those you transport
I wish for not having to fear riding on buses
But I do fear riding on buses
I’m almost certain I won’t ride a bus again anytime soon

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Speeding Buses©
Was written by
Felina Silver Robinson
This poem was written after witnessing three speeding buses today. It scares me to think of how many lives are put at risk every day due to careless driving.


QUINCY, Mass. — An MBTA bus driver suffered a seizure while driving through Quincy Point over the weekend, prompting at least one passenger to help him stop the bus, the Patriot Ledger reported.

Watch MBTA surveillance video of incident

At about 5 p.m. Saturday, a caller to the fire department reported that the driver of an MBTA bus had experienced a full-body seizure while driving on Washington Street, down the street from the Fore River Bridge, Deputy Fire Chief Ed Fenby said.

When firefighters arrived, the bus was pulled over to the side of the road and a passenger was leaning over the driver’s seat and had his foot on the brake while the bus was still in gear, Fenby said Monday.

“My first thing was to put my foot on the brake and put it into neutral. I stood there and held the guy until the EMTs came,” passenger Richard Hiort said.

“Must have been horrible for him. It is like, this poor guy. And the look on his face. I don’t think I will forget it. He was so scared,” passenger Patricia Foster said.

The driver, 37, received medical treatment at the scene and was taken by ambulance to Quincy Medical Center, police said.

There were no reports of injured passengers or pedestrians, Fenby said.

The 911 call from a passenger went to State Police, who alerted Transit Police that a bus driver was in distress and that the bus was pulled over safely to the side of the road.


New program keeps subways, some buses running until 3 a.m.

BOSTON — State leaders announced Thursday late-night MBTA service for some of its most popular routes.

The new pilot program will keep subways running until 3 a.m. along the 15 most popular bus routes on Saturdays and Sundays. Corporate sponsors, including the Red Sox, will underwrite part of the estimated $21 million cost. Fares will remain the same during the test period.

Watch report

“Hospital workers and cleaning service workers and others have asked for it, and because they asked for it, late night service on the T starts in March 28,” Gov. Deval Patrick said.

The announcement was met with cheers, but it’s a one-year pilot program that needs much more than cheers to succeed.

“We need to help the MBTA by encouraging people to take public transportation,” Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said.

The MBTA is training most of the 133 new recruits that will be needed to operate the subways, trolleys and buses.

The extended T-service will not only benefit people working late, but may pave the way for clubs and bars to stay open later — a possibility floated last week by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

The pilot program will begin the last weekend in March.


Passenger recorded attack

MBTA police said they’re looking for six people who attacked a man and women on board a Red Line train Sunday night.

Watch the report | Watch video of the attack

The attack was reported around 9 p.m. at the Broadway MBTA Station.

Police said two women intervened when they saw the man became involved in a verbal dispute with a group of six people.

When the two women asked them to leave him alone, that’s when the attack began, police said.

The male victim and two women didn’t know each other prior to the attack, police said.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call police.

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