This morning's cold-related fuss is: Part of Orange Line replaced with buses

Some sort of track problem has disabled the Orange Line between Wellington and Community College, so the T is running buses instead.

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Oh, I will

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From the comfort of our heated house - you don't think I'm going out in that, do you?

Well, OK, I might, to look for iced-up boats or something ...

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Is this the second time this

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Is this the second time this morning that they're running buses on the Orange Line in that section?
On the traffic report during the 6 a.m. news they mentioned that they were operating shuttle buses on the orange line but on the subsequent traffic report they said everything was back to normal.
Now checking my email there's another alert with a timestamp of 717 showing that they're running shuttle buses again

Also a disabled train at

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Also a disabled train at Tufts. They shutdown the orange line a bunch of weekends to supposedly prepare for winter but now people are freezing outside and can't get to work so what was the point?

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So much for the Winter Resiliance Program

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I mean, old trains breaking down is one thing, but how many week-ends of shuttle buses have happened over the past 2 summers to make sure the rails are in good shape when it gets cold?

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I'm sure the excuse will be

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I'm sure the excuse will be that "winter resilience" work was for resilience against extreme snow/ice storms, like what happened in the winter of 2014/15. Not extreme cold. That'll take another 2 years of completely different "winter resilience" work. And of course lots more money.

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I just missed the train leaving Oak Grove, which was the last run on which they were shuttling. Got on the next one; it was announced that the train would end at Wellington and there would be shuttles, but at Wellington they announced they were running through to Boston.

Spoke with a woman who got on at Community who was much pleasanter that I would have been under the circumstances; she was talking about the horror shows at Wellington and Community, waiting for shuttles, then the backup entering the station at Community. I believe she said it was a 40 minute wait to get on the train I was riding.

Here's to a 2018 of the T running smoothly! (Yeah, right.)

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I got shuttled from Sullivan

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I got shuttled from Sullivan to Community College; there was quite a wait for a train and then I was confused when a train came in from Sullivan (very slowly) with people on it. Guessing that was the same one you were on. Given the cold I was assuming the problem was a broken rail and it would take quite a while to fix, but maybe it doesn't take that long.