Mainebiz reports the Maine Military Authority has laid off the 35 workers who were supposed to be rehabbing MBTA buses because for some reason the T doesn't want to pay more for the work just because the authority screwed up and lowballed itself on its $19-million bid.
Ari Ofsevit was among the riders ordered off an inbound Red Line train at Harvard around 9:40 a.m. because, oh, who the hell knows anymore?
The T reports "moderate" delays inbound from Forest Hills due to a dead train at Tufts.
Passengers on an outbound Orange Line train busted out windows when the train filled with smoke and the doors wouldn't open shortly before 5 p.m.
WBZ reports three people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
The train driver reported a "pop" and some sparks as his train entered the station; possibly due to a motor sparking and setting trash on the tracks on fire. Read more.
UPDATE: The T now blames signal problems at Alewife for ongoing delays.
Service all along the Red Line has come to a grinding halt due to a train that has left this mortal coil at Alewife.
Meanwhile, the Rockport/Newburyport is once again imitating the Fairmount Line.
UPDATE: Bail set at $5,000, but he won't be going anywhere because a Boston Municipal Court judge revoked his bail on an unrelated Malden case, per the Suffolk County DA's office. Should he get out, he has to stay away from Sarah, currently limping but in stable condition at Angell.
On Saturday morning, officials will run an exercise at Alewife station to simulate what happens when a Red Line train stops in a tunnel and the tunnel and T stop start filling with smoke, Cambridge Police report. Read more.
Around 530 p.m., a motor vehicle got up close and personal with both a bus and an E-Line trolley. Extensive damage to the car; no injuries. The Green Line is now suspended between Brigham Circle and Heath Street; riders are supposed to hop on a 39 bus instead.
The MBTA is reporting delays on both the Red and Orange lines due to track problems on both lines near Downtown Crossing.
A couple days ago, the Globe reported how Keolis treats the Faimount Line like its spare-parts bin - pulling equipment off the line when other lines have problems. This morning, Samantha Sergeant reports:
now 754 Fairmount Readville is having engine issues after already 20mins late! WTF R WE PAYING U 4?!?!
UPDATE, 10:20 p.m. Red Line service was supposedly back to normal.
A touch of a trash fire on the Red Line tracks tonight. Quickly brought under control, but you know how that causes cascading delays up and down the line. Boston firefighters returned control of the tracks to the T around 8:50 p.m., but that brought no relief to riders because the train that may have caused the problem was stuck at Downtown Crossing. Instead, the T began corralling buses to shuttle riders between Park Street and JFK in both directions. Read more.
Alex Cook made this costume for his nephew for Halloween.
I asked him what he was going to be for Halloween and he said, "A train!" and then immediately specified with "A green line train!!!" My sister had to tell him he was just going to be a normal train since she didn't have time to make one and couldn't find a green line train costume to buy. So I started on my quest with a $1.50 moving box and some duct tape.
Via Boston Reddit.
On Oct. 21, 1996, after nearly a foot of rain, the Muddy River overflowed its banks and poured into the Riverside Line tunnel into the T stop.
Today, the T is stocked with sandbags, which workers pile in front of the portal whenever it looks like the normally sedate Muddy River might overflow again. And the current work along the Muddy River is aimed in large part at preventing another flood like that one.
Riders on the Newburyport/Rockport Line are getting fed up, actually.
Around 4:25 p.m., the T advised Red Line riders:
Delays due to Vice Presidential motorcade
More specifically, due to the motorcade passing by the junction at JFK/UMass (what, you thought we meant this junction?).
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.
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