Down on the Red Line tracks at Downtown Crossing around 2:15 p.m., quickly put out and probably due to the fact that we're all slobs who throw things on the tracks all the time, or something.
Major delays on the Red Line this morning. At Quincy Center, a train died and one car filled with smoke. Then the doors wouldn't open. Kerstin Haley reports:
People busted open the windows to let people out.
The Orange Line is also having its problems - once you could get to the trains. JTGard6306 reports:
Oak Grove is literally biggest disaster ive ever seen in my life. Accidents, fights, ZERO spots. AVOID!
The T is back and running this morning, but as they warned us: Major delays. The Red and Blue lines in particular are running express to nowhere this morning.
Will reported from a Red Line train just sitting at Harvard:
PA operator just said "If you have other options you might wanna explore them."
UPDATE, 5:50 p.m. The Red Line surrendered in advance of the storm and is now just dead.
With those three words, the National Weather Service begins its latest report on the impending snowpocageddon, one its forecasters say could re-shape parts of the coastline with winds and waves punching out new inlets.
Later in the discussion, the NWS adds:
ITS BOMBOGENESIS BABY!
Bill Palin shows us the scene at Central Square around 9:30 a.m., as passengers wonder if they'll ever get to their destinations due to a train that went to its final destination at Harvard Square.
Politeness Points spotted Keytar Bear on the Davis Square Red Line platform this morning.
A 16-year-old already facing armed robbery and kidnapping charges for two incidents on Jan. 13 was arraigned yesterday on new charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and indecent assault and battery for incidents on Jan. 11 and 13, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The teen, not named because of his age, had his bail increased from $1 million to $2 million due to the new charges, the DA's office reports. Although he gave his last address as a school in Lancaster, he has family in Dorchester.
The DA's office described the four incidents:
Hyundai Rotem, the South Korean company that started delivering commuter-rail trains 2 1/2 years late, is suing the state for awarding the contract to build new Red and Orange Line trains.
A 16-year-old, apparently from Lancaster, was arraigned in Suffolk County Juvenile Court today on charges of armed and masked robbery, assault and battery, and attempted kidnapping for a Tuesday incident on the Red Line between JFK/UMass and Andrew stations and kidnapping and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for a Monday incident in the area of Fields Corner, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
He faces arraignment tomorrow in Dorchester Municipal Court on additional charges.
More to come ...
File this under: Kids, don't try this at home - or when Transit Police are around, or, at all:
Been dreaming of this for years. Finally gapped the red line train tracks. Huge way to end 2014. Sorry for the potato quality but check the link in my profile above ^^ to watch this and more of my 2014 feats that I didn't post to insta. Much love for 2015 #parkour #freerunning #boston #redline #mbta
Oh, hey, it's Friday rush hour, so naturally a Red Line train got out a couple of old tokens to pay the ferryman, down at JFK/UMass, and now the entire line has slowed to a crawl and riders are grumbling the inevitable cracks about imagining what service will be like during the Olympics.
Frankie P. says "good morning" from the Savin Hill T stop.
Crystal Valencia spotted this Chihuahua/Jack Terrier mix on the Red Line's Ashmont branch tonight.
WCVB reports a trash fire on the Red Line around 2:30 p.m. was quickly put out by a T employee with a fire extinguisher, but, of course, delays on the Red Line persisted long beyond that, and people on incoming commuter-rail trains also had issues.
At 3:18 p.m., Jenna reported:
MBTA train to Boston from Providence now delayed 25 minutes. Starving passengers searching for the first sacrifice.
UPDATE: The T reported at 8:23 a.m. that normal service was resuming, well, normal, but with residual delays, of course.
The T is running buses instead of trains between Alewife and Harvard Square this morning because of a dead maintenance vehicle on the tracks just south of Porter.
Crews are on scene, working to get the maintenance equipment off of the main line.
Problems on the Red and Green lines mean crankytime for evening T commuters. Christie F. gives us a taste:
35 minutes ago my train pulled out of Lechmere. We still haven't reached Haymarket.
Southbound Red Line service has yet to reach standstill proportions, but that's of little solace to people jammed onto platforms who can't even sardine themselves into trains.