Local Headlines: September 27, 2019
Lawsuit Brought Against Massachusetts Vaping Ban.
A store owner in Danvers who owns four vape shops is suing the state for the ban, which he says denied him due process and will be a serious economic hardship on his family and employees, 11 of which he had to lay off. [WCVB]
Red Line Service Fully Restored Following June Derailment.
Over three months later, the Red Line service is fully operational again, said the MBTA on Wednesday. It took months to rebuild the track signals that were damaged when a train derailed in June. [WBUR]
New Orange Line Trains Are Off the Track for Repairs.
Due to a problem with a door component, all of the newly launched Orange Line trains are off the tracks for repairs to all the automatic doors. [Boston Globe]
What People Want From the MBTA: More Trains, Cheaper Fares.
In a survey of Massachusetts residents, a MassINC Poll found that a majority of residents support rail development, including track expansion projects and more frequent service, but would not support many of the proposed measures to pay for it, like higher highway tolls, a gas tax, or a tax on drivers who use the highway during peak hours. [WBUR]
You Can Take the FlixBus from Boston to New York for $4.99.
Cheaper than the famed (now-defunct) Fung Wah, which offered one-way tickets for $15.00, now you can ride the FlixBus from $4.99 for a one-way between Boston and NYC. Boston pick-up/drop-off locations are at Tufts in Medford and at an LAZ parking lot in Boston. More info at the link. [FlixBus]
We Have a Lot of State Symbols in Massachusetts.
Did you know that we have a state muffin? The corn muffin, naturally. And our state sport? Basketball. State groundhog? Mrs. G. Find these and other gems of useless information at the link. [State Symbols USA]