UPDATE, 10:10 a.m. The problem was briefly so severe the T was busing passengers between Forest Hills and Stony Brook, but they say it's all good now.
A T alert of "moderate" delays on the inbound Orange Line due to signal problems at Forest Hills was, of course, followed shortly after by a T alert of "moderate" delays on the outbound Orange Line.
The MBTA last year quietly increased the spacing between trains during rush hour, decreasing the line's peak-time capacity by 25% and increasing the odds that frustrated passengers at certain stops won't even be able to get on a train at all because they're already full to bursting. Read more.
Firefighters are at Haymarket. Expect delays.
All trains have 10 to 15 minute delays per the station PA announcements. No phone alerts about this, but just got a reminder alert about the July fare increases - ugh!
The MBTA says service on the Orange Line is back to normal after the "severe" delays caused by a train that acted like a cat that had already gone through nine lives at Assembly Square.
It's no joke when a train begins to smoke.
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m. Jules Wang reports debit and credit cards work with fare machines again.
The T reports:
Credit/Debit card sales are temporarily unavailable at all stations and online at mbta.com. Purchases can continue to be made at retail sales locations.
The Orange Line wilted around 6 a.m. when a train headed towards Forest Hills began to smoke at State Street.
No, really. BranchDesign chronicled her commute this morning on the Little Line that Couldn't: The train that finally came was so crowded 40 people were standing just in her car and the conductor couldn't check tickets. Also:
Train so late that two women had one of their husband deliver Starbucks while waiting.
JB Parrett shows us the bus stop on Boylston Street at Dartmouth.
The MBTA announced today it's banning hoverboards on T property - all trains, buses, boats and stations - effective immediately.
The T says the things are just too much of a risk and menace, mainly because of their tendency to burst into flames, but also because riders can easily fall off them, tumbling to the ground - or onto train tracks: Read more.
All sorts of mishegas going on on the Lowell Line this morning due to signal problems at Anderson/Woburn.
"Moderate delays," the T says about the little trolley that couldn't. Bristol Whitcher reports:
Smells like burning rubber, "help is on the way"; morale is low.
Switch problems at Park Street mean "moderate" delays for people heading into town on the Green Line, the T reports.
JB Parrett watched a train go by in Cambridge the other evening.
Federal approval is vital since without it, we'll lose roughly $1 billion in money for the extension. Of course, the state is still playing the Dread Pirate Roberts role - "Good night, Green Line Extension, good work, sleep well, I'll most likely kill you in the morning."
Sarah Kaney noticed a sad Hubway bike abandoned on the Orange Line this evening.
Transit Police charge a man who'd parked in such a way to block an Allston bus stop just could not deal with the fact that forced a bus driver to block him in to let passengers off at the stop, so he went up to the driver's window and punched it hard enough to shatter it, showering the bus driver in glass shards, some of them possibly landing in his eye. Read more.