Around 12:40 p.m., debris sitting atop a switch on the inbound Green Line tracks just before Blandford started to smoulder and then just plain out began burning. From inside an inbound trolley, Lucas Neves watched a T inspector try to deal with the situation before Boston firefighters arrived to douse the hot mess.
Looks like the covered walkway at North Station is already being dismantled.
Michael Sangalang shows us the newly re-opened Government Center T station tonight.
Gov. Baker welcomed the first riders into the new Government Center station today - people in wheelchairs, who can access the T at the station for the first time ever, at a formal opening ceremony.
Replacing the old bunker with an airier, handicap accessible station took two years and cost $88 million.
Concrete Plaza shows us people wanted to get a look:
The T is running new announcements on the Green Line, at least at above-ground stops: "Pay your fare! It's only fair!"
As Boston Dog kvetches:
Oh my God. The "Pay your Fare!" announcements on the Green Line got obnoxious after three stops.
Pict Liberation Army adds:
Particularly when its playing over drivers flagging people past farebox.
UPDATE: The T announced the resumption of service at 4:50 p.m.
An inbound D train derailed between Hynes and Copley Square. Brian Campbell reports a friend called to say she's now covered in soot after something began burning and passengers had to walk through the tunnel to Copley:
She was on an inbound train and evacuated in the tunnel between Hynes and Copley, they exited at Copley.
The T is now running buses instead of trolleys between Park Street and Kenmore Square.
JB Parrett watched as a Green Line train raced across the Lechmere Viaduct just before yesterday's front rumbled through.
A Green Line trolley simply had too much to drink on St. Patrick's Day and passed out at Copley Square outbound. At 5:35 p.m., Kelsea Hanks reported:
Don't try to go outbound anywhere on the MBTA Green Line. Nothing has moved past Copley in over 30 min.
An immobile trolley at Park Street is causing "moderate" delays westbound, the T reports.
According to BDC.
Now, what's the over/under that they will open the station early, but then close it on select weekends/evenings to actually finish all the work - like they did with Assembly Station on the Orange Line?
Angel reports from an inbound Riverside Line trolley that got just past Hynes and then had to stop around 8:15 a.m. because of signal problems:
"This train is a nightmare!" and "I can't wait to get off this thing." Who said it? The driver!
State officials say they've had to push back replacement of the aging Comm. Ave. bridge over the turnpike by a year because of design mistakes by an engineering firm working on the project.
The delay, however, means the state is increasing the number of open lanes in each direction on the turnpike under the bridge from three to four lanes. Read more.
Problems at Newton Highlands mean major problems on the Green Line to and from Riverside.
The Herald reports on - and posts photos of - a trolley that had one or two wheels decide they didn't really like the track they were on near Reservoir around 7:30 a.m. None of the passengers on board was injured, and service has since resumed.
UPDATE: Another Blue Line train died, at Airport. More trolleys died, at Waban and Arlington.
So far this morning, trains have shuffled off this mortal coil on the Green Line (Brookline Village and Reservoir on the D and Washington Street on the B) and the Blue Line (State Street). Riders on the Orange and Red lines didn't miss any of the fun, however, due to what the T says are now fixed signal issues near Wellington and JFK/UMass (the Blue Line also had some signal woes). Red Line riders also saw trains slow due to the ongoing work on the Longfellow.