Friday, April 19, 2013
With a massive manhunt underway for the suspect in Monday's Boston marathon bombing, Boston's metropolitan area is experiencing near total transportation shutdown. And it's shocking in its scope.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
By Kate Hinds
A Massachusetts DOT meeting took a turn for the surreal Tuesday when caped protesters took over the room.
The "Fast Five," which are part of the T Riders Union, say the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) can stave off fare hikes and service cuts by following its five suggestions to save money.
Prior to the takeover, the joint meeting of the finance and audit committees had planned to talk about the upcoming budget. The conversation would probably not have been cheery: the MBTA is facing a $159 million budget gap for fiscal year 2013.
Joe Pesaturo, the director of communications for the MBTA, said it was a routine subcommittee meeting and no major votes were scheduled. "They were there to discuss business, they were prevented from doing so," he said, "so the chairman of the finance committee adjourned the meeting."
After board members walked out, the Fast Five gaveled in and tweeted: This #MBTA mtg is now being run by the People's Board.
The MBTA said police were not called.