So far this morning, both the Orange and Red Lines have had delays due to trains that realized they were past their expiration dates.
Yesterday, a Red Line train died on the outbound tracks near Charles/MGH. Today, a Red Line train's dead on the inbound tracks near Charles/MGH. The word of the day is "severe," the T advises.
There's a reason the Revolution started here, it seems.
A Red Line train came up lame at Charles/MGH outbound and now the MBTA is reporting "moderate" delays.
An Orange Line train stopped at North Station and refused to budge, but the T reports it made it budge and now things are back to normal on that liine.
A Red Line train that pulled into South Station refused to leave and now there are "minor" delays on the line, the MBTA announces.
The Red Line is once again going slower than it usually does due to the Davis Square signal problem that first cropped up before yesterday's morning rush hour.
The MBTA is advising Red Line riders to set aside some extra time for their evening commute because the morning signal problems at Davis have become the afternoon signal problems at Davis.
The T says it's gotten the track-repair equipment that gummed up the Red Line at Andrew off the tracks, but that the Orange Line is still having problems due to an Orange Line train that bought the farm earlier at Downtown Crossing.
The train has since been taken to the Red Line equivalent of a glue factory and service on the Ashmont branch is supposed to be OK now, the MBTA reports.
File this under: When it rains, it pours, except the rain isn't supposed to come until tomorrow: At various points this morning, Red Line trains died at Davis, Central and Wollaston. The T current reports "moderate" delays.
Would it surprise you terribly to learn that the Red Line is having signal problems again? This time they're at Kendall/MIT. The MBTA says the delays, on the southbound side, are "minor," but some riders beg to differ:
50 minutes from Alewife to Andrew is not minor.
But its carcass has been removed from the tracks and now the T reports things are back to, well, not normal per se, given what the new normal on the Red Line is, but moving at least.
At least it's not signals this time. The MBTA reports a dead train at Davis is gumming up the works. Among those on one of the baby-steps trains behind it is WBZ 1030 anchor Karyn Regal, who has gone into newsradio mode and is reporting her ride:
We have stopped. Woman next to me sets her lips in a thin grim line and shakes her head slowly; eyes closed.
Yes, signal problems, this time at Park Street, are causing still more problems on the Red Line this morning.
The Globe reports the Red Line has 99 problems, and all of them are related to signals.
UPDATE, 5:55 p.m. The T has gone to "moderate."
Of course, the signal problems that caused the Red Line to creep this morning, although this time they're at Alewife and, so far at least, the delays are only "minor," the MBTA reports - phrasing that Meri would take issue with:
20+ minutes from S. Sta. And just now at Harvard. Crawling btwn stops. Standing by AGAIN.
Signal problems at Kendall mean the dreaded "severe" delays on the Red Line, the MBTA advises.
The MBTA reports "moderate" delays towards Alewife due to a train that kicked the bucket at Quincy Adams.
Transit Police report they are looking for this guy after he allegedly aimed his phone camera up the skirts of women in the Red Line lobby at South Station on Monday.
If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or text an anonymous tip to 873873.