At 5:10 p.m., Lauren Finkelstein reported from the outbound side of State Street:
Smoke filling the cars/station on the orange line at state st stop. Everyone being evacuated.
A minute later, the T sent out an alert about "minor" delays due to what it says is a disabled train at State.
A couple days ago, we considered an incident at Stony Brook involving a fat-shaming doofus and the woman he made cry.
A man who says he also watched the incident unfold explains why crying lady wasn't exactly Miss Innocent, that, in fact, she had been subtly tormenting the guy and an older woman she sat between from Downtown Crossing all the way into JP.
Before he left the train, hipster dude went up to a woman and told her to lose weight. Alison, who saw the victim burst into tears after vaguely Macklemorish dude swaggered off, pens an angry Missed Connection that you shouldn't read if you're prone to vapors:
I asked her what you said---and in between sobs she goes, "he said 'Have some respect for yourself and lose some weight'".
Transit Police report arresting an Arlington man last night for an incident on an inbound Orange Line train they say started with him hurling insults at two women and escalated to him trying to rob them, spitting at them and waving his fists at them.
Police say a male passenger managed to get ahold of Richard Botelho, 43, and keep him from moving until police could arrive at the Haymarket Orange Line platform around 8:45 p.m.
Steve Abreu asks about this mysterious sign heading up from the Downtown Crossing T stop:
Whatever happened to Shopper's Park? What was it?
As of 4:45 p.m., Orange Line service has come to a halt because of the presidential motorcade. And all commuter trains out of South Station are being held as well.
Jim Salini, president of the North End/Waterfront Residents' Association, writes he's tired of stepping over three homeless people who sleep outside Haymarket station and says if they don't vacate the premises and police refuse to do anything, he's going to court and press charges against them somehow.
If I see any individuals lying there or loitering, I will immediately dial 911 and ask police to remove them. I will press charges. I will at the same time call the press.
I know that you cannot force individuals to go to a shelter. But they have no right to trespass on MBTA property, inconveniencing commuters and making our neighborhood and entire city look stupid or worse.
As of 8:20 a.m.: A Red Line train flatlined at Ashmont around 6:20. An Orange Line train gave up the ghost in Malden around 7. Another Red Line train began pining for the fjords somewhere on the Braintree Line around 7:20. A Green Line trolley met St. Peter at Harvard Avenue around 7:50. Another Green Line trolley put both feet in the grave around 8 at Government Center.
Only the last one still resulting in delays, the T reports. Or as Chris Bentson explains at Kenmore:
Taking a fully packed D line train out of service at Kenmore? Told to board train on other tracks- which is also packed!
Updated with Transit Police info.
Transit Police report a Maine man suspected of attacking somebody at one of the entrances to the Chinatown Orange Line station around 7 p.m. went after arriving officers as well:
A man accused of a sexual attack on a woman on an Orange Line train just before Forest Hills tried to fight his way out of being arrested after the train pulled into the station this afternoon, Transit Police say:
Transit Police report officers doing fare-evader duty at Mass. Ave. on the Orange Line yesterday evening quickly became interested in the gentleman who was demanding a customer-service agent let him in for free because "he was an 'Active Duty' member of the US Armed Forces."
An inbound Orange Line train passed onto the next plane of existence near Community College sometime around 7 this morning. The T brought in another train to push its carcass out of the way.
Then an outbound train felt death's cold embrace at Community College as well.
Meanwhile, on the Red Line, a train crossed over to the other side at Downtown Crossing, causing massive delays for people heading downtown from both the north and the south.
Lisa photographed the scene at Davis shortly after 8.
All the doctors in the world upstairs could do nothing to revive the outbound Orange Line train that expired at Tufts Medical Center around 8:20 a.m.
This was after a Green Line trolley expired at Copley and various trains heading to South Station took a break in their morning routine thanks to switch problems.
Transit Police report arresting a man who was flaunting what he had early this morning on a platform at Back Bay station - and then charging him for failing to register as a Level 3 sex offender.
Police report officers went down to the platform around 12:30 a.m. on a report of "a man exposing himself and committing a lewd act."
Daniel Williams, 55, matched the description they'd gotten:
An inbound Orange Line train didn't even make it out of the starting gate at Oak Grove early this morning. Somewhere on the Ashmont branch of the Red Line, an outbound train felt that disturbance in the Force and went over to the dark side.
So where does a massive bulldog sit on the Orange Line? Anywhere he wants.
Boston Municipal Court Judge Annette Forde imposed $25,000 bail at Castillo's arraignment on charges of armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
UPDATE: The Blue Line joined the party shortly before 10 a.m., when a train ascended to Valhalla at Wonderland.
Dead inbound train at Quincy Center would be harshing the mellow of Red Line commuters this morning if they weren't busy concentrating on staying warm. An Orange Line train could only make it to Back Bay before departing this mortal coil, but riders from the north also got to enjoy today's frosty climes. A dead trolley somewhere past Kenmore is causing ish on the Green Line.
An inbound train on the Franklin Line decided Norfolk was too good a stop to pass up. Erich Haberman reports from the train behind that one:
7am at Norfolk now. Train's lights/air are off and we appear to be ramming the disabled train while attempting a rescue.
Meanwhile, at South Station, somebody got stuck in an elevator between the Red and Silver lines.
Transit Police report they are looking for the man captured on video attacking a woman around 11 p.m. on Jan. 6 in the passageway from the Green Lien to the Orange Line at Haymarket.