Always ready to assume the worst, Herald readers are busy contemplating the downside of the glass entrances the T wants to build as part of a Government Center upgrade, because, as writer Richard Weir helpfully explains, they could "explode into flying shards of lethal shrapnel should a bomb ever be detonated there." Except the T says they couldn't because they'll use safety glass (and good luck getting that song out of your head; you're
One passenger on the Blue Line in Orient Heights seemed a bit squirrelly this afternoon. In fact, the Animal Rescue League of Boston had to be called in.
ARL volunteer Margaret Wirth reports T workers found a baby squirrel running around a Blue Line car around noon. Boston Animal Control worked with the league to corral the critter, whom they promptly named Charlie, of course.
Wirth says Charlie is headed to a wildlife rehabilitation center in Weymouth, where he will be prepared for a life in the wild. She adds that kindhearted T inspectors did not charge him with fare evasion.
Nancy Geshke, whose 8-year-old daughter wound up in Mass. General when one of her feet got caught and crushed in an escalator this past July, yesterday sued Crocs for $11 million, alleging the company keeps selling its plastic shoes despite mounting evidence they are a menace on escalators.
Power problem at Orient Heights this morning makes for some very unhappy riders. At 8:34, Julianne LaMay tweeted:
Such a cluster. They sent folks to Suffolk first but there were no shuttles there. FAIL
Michael Brannigan, who posted the photo around 8:27, tweeted at 8:41 that one bus finally arrived:
that's having major troubles due to a disabled train (or is it another broken wire?). From the T web page:
BLUE LINE DELAYS: Due to a disabled train in the Orient Heights area substitute bus service has replaced regular train service between Maverick and Suffolk Downs Stations. Airport, Wood Island and Orient Heights Stations are closed. Please expect significant delays and add an addtional 20-30 minutes to your afternoon trip while repairs are made. 8/2/2010 2:04 PM
Fabulously Out There just doesn't get the Government Center T stop:
David Guarino came up with that title for his photo of a turkey outside the Wonderland T stop this morning (did it have a meeting downtown?).
For the second time in three weeks, plunging power lines brought the Blue Line to a halt in East Boston and left riders on one train stranded until Boston firefighters could lead them to safety.
A train near Airport station came to a grinding halt when the overhead power lines fell around 5:30 p.m. Shuttle buses are now running, according to the MBTA.
On Jan. 21, a similar incident stranded riders near Orient Heights and disrupted Blue Line service for much of the day.
UPDATE: The T says buses will run instead of trains between Airport and Suffolk Downs at least through this evening as workers replace the downed power lines.
Local 718 tweets the train stopped 500 feet short of the station when the power went out this morning; firefighters were called in to help passengers get to the station.
MBTA Transit Police tweet the overhead power lines fell down between Orient Heights and Suffolk Downs.
Blue Line commuters no doubt are hoping not to see a repeat of last night's chaos at Government Center. Faegirl is among them.
UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: Whatever the problem was, it's fixed now and trains are starting to roll again.
A broken (still under warranty?) train at Government Center is raising heck with the Blue Line commute this afternoon.
At 4:45, Glenn Tremblay tweeted that there were "swarms of people waiting outside Government Center."
Shortly after 5 p.m., David Guarino reporte: "Blue Line at standstill. Broken down train, speakers say, shuttle buses between Aquarium and Maverick."
I ask because the MBTA is reporting a dead train at Airport.
State officials said today they'll spend $47 million in federal stimulus funds and state bonds for a new garage at Wonderland station on the Blue Line.
At a ceremony there today, Gov. Patrick and other officials said the new nine-story, 1,900-space garage will be the first step in construction of Waterfront Square, a proposed development of 902 residential units, office and retail space and a hotel.
Roughly $23 million of the garage cost wll come from the feds, the rest from an MBTA bond that will be repaid through revenue from the parking lot.
Broken trains on the Red Line and Providence Line, signal problems on the Blue Line, a broken rail on the Needham Line (a broken rail? What'd they do? Taunt it mercilessly until it collapsed in a sobbing heap on the ground?), speed restrictions on the Kingston/Plymouth Line. Amazingly, no delays reported on the Green Line.
Fabulously Out There reports she was on the Blue Line this morning when a woman in her car began to collapse onto the floor just past Maverick inbound:
... At which point I dropped my purse, tore the iphone out of my ears and dropped on the ground into the hot tea said girl had just dropped and softened her fall.
All I could think was "don't let her head hit the ground, woman. Don't drop her!” Next thing I know, 80% of people step back and the lady on my other side totally stepped up too.
Dead train near Central Square for you Red Line fans; broken train at Airport inbound for you Blue Line loyalists.
District A-7 relays a report from Transit Police about a woman who couldn't shake an alleged weirdo as she walked home from the Wood Island T stop around 1 p.m. yesterday:
The victim boarded a Blue Line train at MBTA Government Center Station along with a male who stared at her while on the train and followed her as she changed seats. The victim exited the train at MBTA Wood Island Station and the subject continued to follow her. The subject then approached the victim and asked her name. As the victim entered her home, she realized the subject was still watching her. The victim states the subject frequently boards the Blue Line train at MBTA Government Center and stares at her.
Staring Man is described as 28, 6'4", Hispanic or Middle Eastern, stocky build with a long scar on his face toward his neck. He was wearing a knit cap and a brown corduroy jacket.