The Orange Line is shut due to something smoldering on the tracks between Downtown Crossing and Chinatown. The Chinatown station was evacuated due to the smoke.
The T had to halt Orange Line service in both directions at Back Bay around 2:10 p.m. when a man went for a walk on the tracks towards Tufts. Transit Police officers found the wayward soul and escorted him to a waiting cruiser for a ride down to TPD headquarters for a little booking action.
UPDATE: The power problem is on account of the third rail catching fire.
From the T web page:
Orange Line notice: Due to a power problem at Malden Center, please board on the northbound platforms between Oak Grove and Wellington for northbound and southbound service.
A shuttle train will operate in both directions between Oak Grove and Wellington Stations. Please board on the northbound platforms.
Last Updated: 10/11/2016 10:16:15 AM
Just got this alert:
Northbound Orange Line trains will use reduced speeds from Back Bay to Tufts Medical Center
Service towards Forest Hills is not doing so hot, the T advises.
Some trash burst into flames shortly after 2 p.m. on the inbound tracks just past State Street station sending light smoke towards Downtown Crossing and forcing the shutdown of service not long after.
An MBTA inspector put the fire out with an extinguisher, but Boston firefighters then had to walk down the tracks to figure out what caused the fire. Once they determined it was trash, not a cable, they left the tracks and let the T resume service, around 2:35 p.m.
A train that met the prophet Elijah at Haymarket - and problem switches at Wellington - are causing "moderate" delays, the T says.
Delays into Boston still just "minor," the MBTA says.
The T's just issued an alert that starting Sept. 3, Forest Hills will be down to just one track due to the Arborway project - which includes building a new station entrance and pedestrian tunnels to it under the new road. The T says two-track operation should resume in December.
A train bought its last produce at Haymarket this rush hour and now riders heading towards Oak Grove are wondering if they'll ever return.
Seems that this morning, if you try to use Google Maps to plot out a trip via public transit in Boston, you'll get back an itinerary that involves buses and the Green Line - the Orange, Red and Blue lines are now dead to the mapping service. Read more.
Sullivan Square didn't always feel like a depressing afterthought to the construction of an interstate in the middle of a horrible rotary. The original station, built at the turn of the last century, featured a soaring vaulted ceiling, elegant architectural touches - and tracks for trolleys. Remember trolleys? The only thing it didn't have was Donut and Donuts. Read more.
The Boston Fire Department has asked for power to be shut in both directions at Massachusetts Avenue due to a track fire.
UPDATE: Trash fire on the tracks extinguished at 12:35 p.m.