Chris Puopolo was among the Orange Line riders forced to detrain at State Street around 6:30 this morning when the train started smoking. Around the same time, another Orange Line train flatlined at Downtown Crossing.
The T is advising "moderate" delays into town on the Red Line from Braintree due to a train that just could not make it past Quincy Center, and "minor" delays into town on the Orange Line from Forest Hills, due to a train that ascended to the pearly gates at Mass. Ave.
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.
An Orange Line train breathed its last at North Station and now there are, of course, delays.
Severe delays towards Oak Grove, the T advises.
Weber King got caught in the "total chaos" exiting the first Garden event since the T entrance on that side of Causeway closed, forcing thousands of people to cross the street to get to the subway:
Yeah, this isn't gong to work, at all. Need a plan B ASAP.
UPDATE, 11:40 a.m. A Red Line train exhaled its last at Andrew and now the T reports "severe" delays.
Yes, it was return of the signal problems from hell on the Braintree branch this morning.
But don't feel so smug, Orange Line riders - one of your trains bought the farm near Sullivan Square, causing delays from there and Oak Grove.
A gun-toting suspect twice managed to elude police in Charlestown tonight - first by running away from a Boston Police officer near the Navy Yard, then by apparently walking through the Orange Line tunnel from Community College to North Station, where he got up on the platform and disappeared. Read more.
Reginald Price, 19, of Jamaica Plain, acknowledged today he shot two women who happened to be in the way of the bullets he meant for a member of a rival gang at the Forest Hills station in January, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
The Orange Line is a bit of a mess right now. Then again, it's Friday, and it's raining.
I like how they removed the phrase 'three year duration' and replaced it with "completion in December 2018". Technically the same information, but sounds like " we hope most people will gloss over it and not do the math".
An Alewife-bound Red Line train developed some electrical issues shortly after 6 p.m. and that meant smoke at Central Square, so the train was taken out of service.
Around the same time, some young women got into a bit of a fight on the outbound platform at Chinatown just as a train was pulling in. The train was halted so police could clear up the affray, but, of course, that halted all the trains behind it.
Trolley past its expiration date at Kenmore is causing problems for riders who for some reason insist on heading downtown; train that had to be taken out and put out of its misery at Downtown Crossing causing problems for riders who for some reason insist on heading north instead of south.
UPDATE: Signals died, outbound riders sighed, on the Green Line at Copley.
An E Line trolley gave up the ghost at MFA, a Red Line train went express to Valhalla on the Braintree branch and an Orange Line train turned blue at Green. Or as MBTA Haiku put it:
Kicks off with a delayed train.
Cyber Monday gift.
Passengers of the Green and Orange Line's "super station" at North Station have an underground walkway that exits immediately adjacent to the TD North Garden and the North Station commuter rail concourse. People are only exposed to the elements for about 50 feet or so when making this transition.
However the MBTA has quietly announced that this portal which runs under Causeway Street is closing on January 2 to accommodate construction of the new development next to TD North which is now a parking lot, and the former footprint of the original Boston Garden. Read more.
Our own Cybah grabbed this shot of the new Franklin Street entrance to the Orange Line going in next to Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing.
Or maybe somebody just had to purge their purse right this second and couldn't wait until after she got off the Orange Line this afternoon. Whatever the reason, Sarah Noe says she wouldn't touch that toothbrush.