Fire on the inbound tracks between Arlington and Copley around 7:40, Jay Joynes tweets. At first, the T shut Arlington station because of heavy smoke, but shortly after 8 a.m., it shut down all Green Line service downtown. And shortly after 8:30, the T began evacuating trolleys stuck in the tunnel near Hynes and Copley stations.
The T eventually sent in some shuttle buses between stations to the west and downtown, but many commuters didn't wait. As Gracetopia tweets:
I now feel like one of the army of the commute, as I walk from Kenmore to downtown with my fellow MBTA refugees.
Lindsay Douglas, though, was one of the people who stayed behind at Kenmore:
I've never seen chaos like this. Coldest day of the year + the MBTA shuts down the green line. Yelling+angry people.
And because misery loves company, an inbound Red Line train died not long after at Charles/MGH, Rob Grover tweets. Later, another train died at Porter. Around 9:20, another train died, inbound at Andrew.