UPDATE: MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo says there were no four-car trains in operation on the Green Line this morning; only two- and three-car ones.
Laura Longoria reports she rode on a four-car Green Line train today:
I got on it at Park St and rode it 2 stops to Arlington, it was a Riverside train.
Paul Levy provides the proof, with a video survey of the secret nip burial ground at Reservoir:
So far this cold January morning, trains have died on the Red, Blue and Green lines and the Worcester Line is experiencing major delays.
At 8:34 a.m., Tanya K. tweeted:
Two empty, broken down trains we will be pushing in. 1000+ frozen, frustrated people cramming into this one. MBTA Red Line. Good times.
A few minutes later, Candice Springer added:
Thank you, MBTA for stranding me outside on the Wollaston platform in the EFFING cold. Now I have to go all the way back to drive in to work
So far this morning, a charred 39 bus was towed from Huntington Avenue near Brigham Circle and buses had to be rolled out for the C line when an overhead power line came down near Cleveland Circle.
Newton Police report the attack happened around 10:30 a.m.:
The victim was on the T platform when she was attacked from behind and thrown to the ground. The victim's cell phone was stolen during the attack.
Police report, however, five arrests were made.
So far this morning trains have had to be taken out of service on the Red, Orange and Riverside lines. The E Line is stopping at Brigham Circle because of a car accident further up the line. No word yet from the Blue Line.
The Metro reports MBTA inspectors will be swarming 12 key Green Line stops today and through the end of December for a "fare enforcement blitz." The T also plans to seek legislation to increase the fine for fare evasion from $15 to $100.
Orange Bird tweets:
Nothing perks up a bad day like hearing the Sammy Davis Jr. doppelganger at Gov Center sing "Candyman"
D'Amico reports it looks like the SUV driver attempted to make a left turn in front of the trolley.
E Line service is, of course, suspended until after the victims are extricated and the investigation completed.
Latest T Alert:
Green Line E service will be diverted to substitute shuttle buses between North Station and Lechmere due to an automobile blocking the track area. 11/10/2011 2:07 PM
Since when did they put in grade crossings on the Lechmere Viaduct?
Daisy Razor reports on some attempted flirting on the Riverside Line today.
A roving UHub photographer didn't have to rove very far last night - he went to his window - to take this shot of the Green Line tracks:
Last night a car lost control, jumped the median, and crashed on the tracks at Griggs St stop. Apparently the driver ran away immediately after the car stopped. No one apparently was hurt. -- Just many confused.
It seems like only yesterday that the T shut down service past North Station, doesn't it? The T reports trolley service all the way to Lechmere is scheduled to resume the weekend of Nov. 5.
So the T can install an elevator at Park Street. Look for shuttle buses instead.
The T says Green Line service through Park Street will be unaffected.
They had to remove the car that wound up on the tracks near St. Paul on the C line.
Granted, it was made of paper, but no matter: Local residents and officials held a mock groundbreaking tonight for the Green Line extension, now scheduled to arrive in Somerville sometime over the next century or so. The Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership posts photos.
An electrical fire in a utility room at the station means no service on the B, C and D lines, Local 718 reports.
In addition to evacuating the trolley station, police also got people out of the parking lot of the office building next to the station.
UPDATE: Carl Stevens at WBZ tweets:
Riverside MBTA stop closed because of a coffee maker.
The Daily Free Press reports the company that's built cell antennas along the Red and Orange lines is extending the service to the underground portions of the Green and Blue lines.
Whether you can actually take advantage of that depends on whether your carrier has signed a contract with the company. AT&T and T-Mobile, for example, will have systemwide coverage; Verizon has only signed a contract for four downtown stations, the Globe reports.
Jillian Baker tweets:
T driver at BU Central to passengers: come up front to pay your fare, this is the MBTA not the BU shuttle.
The Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance posts e-mail from Boloco honcho John Pepper about the Boston Avenue Boloco:
We opened our Medford restaurant 5 years ago in great part due to the knowledge that the Green Line was "coming" and would add vitality to Boston Ave. We heard it could be 4-5 years which sounded crazy at the time. Sadly, we’ve recently decided not to renew our lease and we'll be out November 30.
The state recently announced it could be 2020 before anybody can ride the Green Line north and west of Lechmere.
Felicia likes to look around as she rides the trolley and imagine which people would fill which roles:
Sometimes I get lucky and there's a Sayid– or even better, a Sawyer/Sayid combo.
Other times I hope the clunky Green line keeps it together until I get home, 'cause I don’t want to be stuck in THAT storyline.