The MBTA reports it's putting as many Green Line trolleys as it can into car barns tonight so that they start out tomorrow nice and toasty, rather than so cold they just die on the tracks.
Even as the rain supposedly nears the end of its increasingly annoying reign, the waters just keep piling up. From T stations to Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown and Circuit Drive in Franklin Park, which police shut due to flooding to Roslindale Square, which lost power, Bostonians have had enough, enough to slap anybody who might chirpily say "at least it's not snow!" Yeah, that guy.
In Somerville, one motorist had to be rescued from flood waters in Union Square.
A Green Line inspector could be in hot water for an incident on the Green Line this morning in which a door panel on a trolley suddenly fell off the train, a spokesman says:
A Green Line inspector is facing disciplinary action for failing to ensure that the trolley door was secured in the closed position before the train proceeded to Park St. Because of his failure to follow established procedures, a segment of the door dislodged after making contact with a part of the subway infrastructure.
With the Muddy River rising fast, around 5:20 p.m., the MBTA shut the Riverside Line between Kenmore and Fenway and workers rushed to the portal just past Fenway to begin laying sandbags to keep the Muddy out of the Green Line, in two separate temporary dams.
Around 6:30 p.m., the Muddy River reached 16.4 feet - 1.4 feet above the flood stage at which its waters might begin pouring into the portal:
The Boston City Archives has begun digitizing its collection of photos of Boston Elevated Railway photos, including a set showing construction of the North Station/Lechmere section, such as this photo of Haymarket Square on March 24, 1909.
Posted under this Creative Commons license.
UPDATE, 10:15 a.m.: The T reports regular service is resuming.
Good thing we're going for the summer Olympics: On this nor'eastery day, a trolley that circled the drain at Boylston and another trolley that lost part of a door while moving in a tunnel sent the Green Line into "severe" mode. Passengers crammed into stations hoping in vain to get onto trains that were already full to bursting. Or as Josh Jacobs put it:
Well, the current estimated cost, at any rate. Boston Magazine reports on the billion-dollar federal commitment.
The T says its trains, buses and ferries carried 37.3 million passengers last month, the first time the system has ever carried more than 37 million people in a single month.
The Green Line and buses did show small drops in ridership, however.
On a typical weekday in October of this year, an average of 1.377 million passenger trips were made throughout the MBTA system. For Fiscal Year 2015, which began the same day the fare increase took effect, MBTA ridership is outpacing Fiscal Year 2014 at a growth rate of 1.2%.
At 8:29 a.m., the MBTA tweeted:
#GreenLine: All branches: Moderate eastbound delays due to power issue.
In response to somebody's query about what exactly "moderate" means when he's been sitting on a trolley that hasn't moved in ten minutes, the T added:
Yes, we describe a "moderate" delay as a major disruption in service.
At 8:54, Andrea reported:
Problems on the Red and Green lines mean crankytime for evening T commuters. Christie F. gives us a taste:
35 minutes ago my train pulled out of Lechmere. We still haven't reached Haymarket.
Southbound Red Line service has yet to reach standstill proportions, but that's of little solace to people jammed onto platforms who can't even sardine themselves into trains.
Green Line service turned into a complete oxymoron this morning when a trolley died. The T rolled in substitute buses between Kenmore and Park. At 11 a.m., Zach Tucker tweeted:
3 dark trolleys sitting at Copley IB, no MBTA CSA's anywhere to explain to clueless tourists.
UPDATE: At 1 p.m., the T announced resumption of normal service, but, naturally, with residual delays.
Somerville Voices reports on a meeting at which MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said the T had to be prepared for the potential loss of money from increasing gas taxes in order to win federal funding for the plan to someday extend the Green Line into Somerville and Medford.
On Tuesday, voters repealed a plan under which gas taxes would increase every year at the inflation rate.
One of those dreaded "track issues" means no service at all between Arlington and Haymarket. Use the Orange Line, the T advises, and pray it doesn't die, too.
Jason Greeley reported at 8:20:
Broken rail at Boylston, no shuttle, stuck for half an hour in a tunnel.
UPDATE, 8:49 a.m.: And now the entire E line is dead and the T is advising that "Orange Line experiencing moderate delays due to heavy ridership as a result of the Green Line track issue."
Just ask anybody who tried getting to the medical area via South Huntington Avenue this morning, thanks to a 38 bus whose poor little heart just plum gave out just before Huntington around 7:20 or so, close enough to the trolley tracks to box in a trolley and so jam up the entire inbound side of the road back into JP.
Yes, a 38 - it was one of the buses making a morning run from the hinterlands up to Boston Latin School.
Ed. note: I know this thanks to updates from the kidlet, who abandoned her own stuck 39 bus at Heath Street and fast-walked to school.
The MBTA reports that starting this afternoon, it'll be feeding above-ground Green Line location data to the apps that let riders see when the next trolley is arriving - at least if they're standing on the surface.
The T says it will start sending out its own next-train predictions by December for above-ground trolleys - which will give un-tunnelled riders access to the sort of countdown clocks riders on the Red, Blue and Orange lines now take for granted - and will extend the datat to underground stations early next year.
The MBTA holds a meeting Thursday on a proposal to "consolidate the BU West, St. Paul, Babcock, and Pleasant stops into two fully accessible stations that will help reduce travel times and improve safety."
The session begins at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon room at the BPL main library in Copley Square.
The Massachusetts Court of Appeals today ordered a new trial to determine how much the MBTA owes a woman who suffered serious neck injuries when Green Line operator Aiden Quinn plowed through a red light and crashed into another trolley in 2009, saying her lawyer manipulated the jury's emotions by repeatedly raising issues not supported by any evidence during the trial.