No, they won't be counting down to the rockin' New Year tonight, but will tell you how long until the next Red Line train. The T reports they blinked into existence today.
A roving UHub reader just checked in from Downtown Crossing, where a dead train is causing all sorts of ire:
The ire at Downtown Crossing is so strong you could hang your parka on it. "Moderate delays" per automated announcement, but this crowd is overflowing from the platform to the stairs and hallways.
A dead train at Sullivan Square around 8:20 a.m. quickly cascaded into commuting hell for Orange Line riders heading into the city from the north. At Malden, riders were told to
abandon all hope get on commuter rail. At Community College, riders were told to just go home walk to North Station.
A train died earlier in the morning on the Red Line.... Read more
As of 8 a.m., there have been two dead trains: One inbound Red Line train (of course) from Braintree and one inbound trolley on the B Line.
UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: Transit Police report the package has been "cleared"- by an X-ray - which means service can resume soon. But expect "severe" residual delays, the T warns. WBZ reports the object was a duffle bag with wires coming out of it.
Transit Police have evacuated the three Red Line platforms at Park Street due to a suspicious package on an Alewife-bound train there.... Read more
The Globe reports MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott has ordered an audit of all the third rails on the Red, Orange and Blue lines to try to stave off the sort of problems that bollixed commutes on the Red Line Wednesday morning and Tuesday evening.
Updated, 7:50 a.m.
First it was signal problems inbound approaching South Station. Then, a third rail cracked in the area of JFK/UMass, which forced riders arriving from Ashmont to try to cram into already packed trains from Braintree.
Also, the Mattapan High Speed Line is more like the Mattapan No Speed Line due to a dead trolley.... Read more
UPDATE, 5:30 p.m. Problems persist - The Braintree-bound are being told to take any train they can jam into to JFK for a shuttle bus.
At South Station, Kate Birney reports:
just got pulled off braintree to alewife & routed to... Read more
A T alert went out around 6:50 a.m. for a dead Red Line train at Downtown Crossing.
You get a delay! And you get a delay! And you get a delay!
Trains lapsed into unconsciousness on the Red Line and the C, D and E trolley lines. But the Orange Line saved the worst for last: A dead train at Ruggles that sat there for nearly 20 minutes before operators got the idea to get the train behind it to push it... Read more
Ugh Disabled southbound Red Line train at Kendall causing northbound delays too. Here we sit.
Some of the "pop up" performances on the T last week.
H/t Steve Annear.
Dead train reported at Ashmont at 7:13 a.m.
Also reported: Signal problems on the Reservoir Line and a wicked late train on the Franklin Line. " Free hot chocolate on board?" one commuter freezing at Walpole asks hopefully.
UPDATE: An Orange Line train froze to death at Sullivan Square around 7:40 a.m. An inbound train, of course. It was followed in quick succession by... Read more
Anson Stewart videoed the Red Line shuttle today.
JFK/UMass. The alert went out around 5:50 a.m.
Transit Police report arresting somebody too young to have his name released for the botched robbery attempt last week that ended with him being chased out of Charles/MGH by a group of fed-up commuters.
The teen was scheduled for an appearance in Boston Municipal Court's juvenile session on a charge of assault with intent to rob, police say.... Read more
South Station! Pat yourself on the back if that was your guess - unless you're actually trying to get somewhere northbound on the Red Line, in which case, never mind.
Blame signal problems at Ashmont for the slow pace of trains, which led to the sort of platform crowding Erica Mattison walked into at Ashmont around 8:20 a.m.