UPDATE, 9:24 a.m.: The T says normal service has resumed, but with "residual delays."
You'd be hard pressed to pick a worse time for the Orange Line to die than 8 a.m. on a weekday. But there's no service south of Ruggles as the T tries to figure out where the power went. Shuttle buses are allegedly plying the roads; the queueing masses at Forest Hills are being told to take the 39. Rider Jennifer M sums it up:
Of course, the problems quickly backed up north of downtown as well. Shana O. tweets:
Stuck on an orange line train packed like sardines delayed at CC, feeling claustrophobic
Martin Connolly reports some savvy/sneaky inbound commuters at Stony Brook and Green Street take the outbound train to Forest Hills, then don't get off as the train becomes an inbound one, which reduces the odds that poor Forest Hill saps like him can get a seat.
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.
Yep, just when you thought nothing else could cause problems on the T. Channel 4 reports hazmat crews are in the busway with a truck, licensed to carry radioactive materials, with readings showing a possible leak.
UPDATE: Crews began clearing scene shortly after noon, when readings showed acceptable levels.
Meg Fowler Tripp got on a train this morning and soon after heard the driver exclaim:
I'm closing the doors to this train, and don't you be thinkin' God's gonna open a window and let your ass on.
If you immediately thought gotta be the Orange Line, congratulations, get yourself a donut at Mike's or Donut and Donuts.
"Why is there a single slice of turkey on this escalator?" These are questions I ask myself on the Orange Line.
The Somerveille Transportation Equity Partnership has posted some renderings of the proposed new Orange Line stop at Assembly Square.
Got on the Orange Line to Forest Hills at Downtown Crossing at rush hour today and Angry Screaming Driver was in fine form, yelling at some woman who apparently didn't like the car she was in and ran to another. Then, at Chinatown, ASD kept it up:
Ma'am, you in the black dress, STOP RUNNING FROM CAR TO CAR! YOU'RE HOLDING UP THE TRAIN!
By the time we got to Tufts Medical Center, the black-dress lady had apparently learned her lesson, but the driver was still so mad she screamed out "TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER!" like an insult.
Fluorescent tube at Comm. College Station nearly landed on my head, hit the ground and exploded.
It would probably be safer if the ferret stood behind the yellow line.
Meanwhile, and totally unrelated, except it also happened at an Orange Line stop, Andrea reports:
Some guy at Sullivan Station just turned into a corner and starting peeing 2 feet away from me.
The Globe reports southbound delays on the Orange Line this afternoon were caused when a train had to be stopped and then taken out of service at Chinatown when a passenger kicked out a window.
The Metro reports. Don't worry: Homeland Security paid for the upgrade.
A special railfan train in 1986, when the new Orange Line was nearing completion.
Boston Biker reports on the planned facilities at Braintree, Ashmont, Davis Square, Oak Grove and Malden Center - and that they will use a different and better rack design than the existing cages, based on input from actual bicyclists.
Alison Thompson reports part of a conversation she overheard on the Orange Line this morning:
"I used to live in the woods. I got attacked by a turkey."
"Me too, but not in the woods."
"What was his name?"
A homeless man was arrested in the pedestrian tunnel between the Orange and Blue lines at State Street last night after a chase that began on an Orange Line train, MBTA Transit Police report.
According to a police report, Francisco Hernandez Diaz, of no particular address, took off his black leather belt on an inbound Orange Line train at State Street and began swinging it over his head and screaming, around 8:30 p.m., Monday.
As passengers swarmed out of the train to get away from him, a T inspector boarded the car. Hernandez took a swing at her with his belt, then stopped and undid his pants to expose himself to her. At that point, she fled as well, just as a police officer arrived on the platform, the report continues.
State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez reports Boston and Transit Police will install the cameras because of 12 assaults in the area around the station this summer.
MBTA Transit Police report they are looking for a black male, a Hispanic male and a white female on charges they attacked a man because of his sexual orientation on a State Street Orange Line platform around 10 p.m. on July 10:
The victim was on the northbound platform when an unidentified male # 2 shoved him onto a train as the doors opened because of the victim's sexual orientation. The unidentified male # 2 as well as the individual depicted as # 1 directed several homophobic slurs at the victim after shoving him. The suspects depicted above along with an unidentified female companion, boarded an Orange Line train at State Street Station with the victim and continued to harass him about his sexual orientation. The suspects then fled the train at Haymarket Station.
If caught, they'll be charged with assault and battery and civil-rights violations.
Sure, the tracks can kink all they want, but at least riders don't have to worry about plunging to the ground (well, except maybe in that stretch under the Big Dig ramps). This photo, from the BPL's Leslie Jones collection, shows the result of a derailment in 1921. The T took down the elevated in 1987.
A "heat kink" in the tracks near Malden (above) is wreaking all sorts of havoc on the Orange Line this afternoon, forcing Oak Grove-bound riders onto buses at Wellington - which is also causing problems on the bus lines from which buses have been diverted to shuttle subway riders.
Red Line riders heading to Alewife are faring no better due to a dead train at Harvard.
From somewhere in the bowels of the Orange Line, OwenWilsonsNose at first tweeted:
Usually I'd be pissed, but B's won the cup last night, can't complain!
But that was before he actually tried getting on one of those shuttle buses:
Neve rmind, line for the bus is atrocious. I hate you, MBTA.