Things were slow into Boston from the south on the Red Line this morning after a train up and died in Quincy.
The MBTA reports Orange Line service towards Forest Hills got delayed because of a recalcitrant door on a train at North Station.
The Chelsea Record reports the MBTA has sprung for money to buy some software that will let the operator of the Chelsea Street Bridge give the T a head's up when the bridge is about to be lifted to let boats through - so the T can re-route the new Silver Line buses on detour routes, rather than just sitting waiting for the bridge to come down.
The T plans to start up the Silver Line extension between Chelsea and Logan Airport on April 21. The route mostly uses a recycled railroad right of way - but includes travel over the bridge, the center section of which is lifted for the tankers that traverse Chelsea Creek.
There's an outbound D trolley with a wire problem gumming up the works at Boylston. Boston firefighters went into the tunnel to help evacuate passengers.
The T has resorted to urging riders to get on the Orange Line for downtown stops.
Miles on the MBTA reports on his visit to the Wellesley Farms stop on the Worcester Line - which seems to be popular among Nirvana fans and which boasts a plastic owl in a rafter inside.
Green Line workers are currently trying to haul away a dead trolley at Cleveland Circle. Their counterparts on the Red Line are doing the same thing with a dead train at Porter Square. Delays abound.
For years, the city of Boston and the MBTA have disagreed on who's responsible for the stretch of sidewalk and bus stop along Belgrade Avenue below the Roslindale Village commuter-rail parking lot. So, of course, nobody ever shovels it, at least until Roslindale residents call up and annoy City Hall enough that a councilor or somebody gets Public Works to send somebody down with a shovel (calls to the MBTA are, of course, useless, since nothing annoys the T). Looks like City Hall hasn't gotten enough phone calls over the past couple of days.
Cybah reports the T was testing out Silver Line buses at the new Chelsea station, as it gets ready to extend the bus line from Logan into Chelsea via a dedicated route next month.
The MBTA reports delays of five to ten minutes on the Green Line due to a trolley that had to be taken out back at Park Street with a busted door.
Earlier, a Red Line train couldn't make it out of Park Street, either, which was then compounded by signal issues at Charles/MGH.
Buses are running along the Riverside Line this morning after a tree tried to plunge to the ground early this morning only to be stopped by overhead wires. The C and E lines had issues, too, if not of the tree variety. Read more.
There was a bit of a third-rail fire on the Orange Line outbound at State Street. The fire's out, but so is the power, at least until after MBTA electricians can arrive and determine everything's OK.
UPDATE: The T has suspended all service between North Station and Back Bay. Have fun on the Green Line.
The Orange Line suffered delays due to signal problems at Oak Grove, while the Red Line slowed to a crawl because of a dead train at Davis earlier this morning.
Meanwhile, over on commuter rail, a dead train is causing problems on the Fitchburg Line, which is not one of those coastal routes where that was supposed to happen.
A tree that fell on the Green Line tracks between Brookline Village and Brookline Hills means the T is now busing people between Fenway and Reservoir.
Delays on the Red Line due to a train that up and died between Davis and Alewife, the MBTA reports.
Signal problems at Braintree could add five to ten minutes to your ride between there and JFK/UMass, the MBTA reports.
The MBTA reports 10-15 minute delays (whoa, no more "moderate" and "severe," but specific times? Yay) on the Red Line due to "a disabled train with a power problem at JFK/UMass."
Boston firefighters responded around 11:15 a.m. to Forest Hills station when an overheated motor on an Orange Line train parked on one of the storage tracks past the station sparked a small fire. Firefighters quickly doused the fire and packed up their equipment - and the command center they'd set up inside the station.
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