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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.


No roads forced to close

Freeport Train Crossing

Norm Karkos

CHESTER, Mass. — Authorities are investigating a fatal train collision in Chester in Hampden County.

State Police Sgt. Paul Coakley says troopers were notified at 5:15 p.m. Saturday of the collision.

He says details about the victim or circumstances leading to the incident are not available.

No roads were forced to close.


Derailment video posted online

AP Photo

CHICAGO — New surveillance video appears to show the moment of impact when a Chicago Transit Authority train careened past the end of the track and up onto an escalator at O’Hare International Airport.

The surveillance video, taken from one of the more than 40 cameras at the station, shows two people jump out of the way as the train heads up the escalator.

Watch the video

NTSB officials told ABC affiliate WLS the train was going 25 or 26 miles per hour when it pulled into the O’Hare station early Monday morning.

Lead investigator Ted Turpin said the that was normal speed for entrance.

What isn’t clear is how fast the train was going when it derailed at the end of the platform and why an automatic emergency braking system didn’t stop it.

NTSB investigators said they spoke with the train’s operator, who was one of 32 people treated and released from a hospital on Monday, for about two hours on Tuesday.

NTSB officials would not comment on the interview.

Chicago Transit Authority union officials said Monday she may have “dozed off” at the controls as the train pulled into one of the world’s busiest airports.


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.

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“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.


Speed was contributing factor in train derailment, MBTA says

BOSTON — Speed was a “contributing factor” in Monday’s Green Line train derailment, and the trolley operator, Sydley Gardner, has been taken off the job, pending an investigation, according to MBTA officials.

Gardner, 48, who has worked for the T for five years, was placed on paid leave pending an investigation.

“A thorough inspection of the track and signal systems found no defects nor anomalies,” said MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. “Investigators continue to take a close look at the performance of the motorperson who was operating the train at the time.”

Watch report

Gardner has a three-decade history of motor vehicle driving infractions, according to records from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.  The infractions include speeding, failure to stop and several license suspensions for failure to make required payments.

His driving record was not checked when he was hired in 2008, because it was not required by law at the time.

Service on the Green Line resumed Tuesday after the trolley jumped the tracks, injuring 10 people, including two MBTA employees.  None of the injuries were serious.

Photos:  The MBTA’s most-dangerous line?

“There was an extremely loud smash, like when we came off the tracks, when I think we jackknifed,” passenger Caleb Dovel said.

A second train slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting the first train and tossed passengers around.

“Someone fell, and there were EMTs,” another passenger said.

“Everybody initially ran off the train. I think that was more scary because then we were trapped under ground and off the train,” Dovel said. “People were very lucky. It could have been a lot worse.”


Shuttle buses replacing train service

Boston Fire Department

BOSTON —An MBTA Green Line trolley derailed and crashed into a wall injuring 10 near Fenway on Monday, officials said.

Photos of trolley crash

The trolley operator was among the 10 injured, according to Boston EMS.

All of the injuries were reported to be minor, but six patients were taken to Boston hospitals.

Twitter photos posted by the Boston Fire Department showed the front of the trolley flush against a pipe attached to the wall.

Some of those injured were on a second trolley that stopped quickly to avoid hitting the derailed train, the Boston Fire Department said.

The derailment happened in an area where the tracks for the D and C lines intersect. The cause is under investigation

Shuttle buses will replace Green Line D trains between Kenmore and Fenway and Green Line C Trains between Kenmore and St. Mary’s, Boston officials said.


Woman robbed of bag at Tufts MBTA station

Transit police are seeking the public’s help in finding a man who robbed a woman of her bag at an MBTA station.

MBTA Transit police

BOSTON — Transit police are seeking the public’s help in finding a man who robbed a woman of her bag at an MBTA station.

Police said the robbery occurred at the Tufts MBTA station on Monday at 9:50 a.m. after an inbound Orange Line train entered the station. The suspect fled on foot toward Bay Village in the South End, police said.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to call police at 617-222-1050.


Crews respond to Pond Street incident

Stan Forman/WCVB

BILLERICA, Mass. — A man was struck and killed by an MBTA commuter rail train in Billerica Monday morning.

The victim, who is in his 20s, was struck near Pond Street at 9:49 a.m., according to transit police.

Police said the man was trespassing on the tracks at the time. His name was not released.

The MBTA is using a bus to shuttle passengers.

NewsCenter 5 and WCVB.com will have more information when it becomes available.

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