Around 12:40 p.m., debris sitting atop a switch on the inbound Green Line tracks just before Blandford started to smoulder and then just plain out began burning. From inside an inbound trolley, Lucas Neves watched a T inspector try to deal with the situation before Boston firefighters arrived to douse the hot mess.
Encountered this earlier this morning. WTF, given that the "roof" doesn't connect to anything.
This is getting more and more bizarre.
Ari Ofsevit introduces us to several bus routes that run only very early in the morning and which aren't really readily identifiable on schedules or anything, unless you look really, really hard.
It's severe-delay time on both sides of the Red Line as a switch at Alewife has forgotten the one job it has.
HELP send coffee & bagels to Harvard @MBTA!
Looks like the covered walkway at North Station is already being dismantled.
An Orange Line train at Downtown Crossing got on the ferry across the River Styx, which the T says is now causing "moderate" delays.
Also, Lowell Line trains were experiencing even worse, thanks to a truck that took out a gate in West Medford.
A North Attleboro man was ordered held on $25,000 bail yesterday on gun charges affter an incident on an MBTA shuttle bus after the St. Patrick's Day parade, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
Michael Sangalang shows us the newly re-opened Government Center T station tonight.
Gov. Baker welcomed the first riders into the new Government Center station today - people in wheelchairs, who can access the T at the station for the first time ever, at a formal opening ceremony.
Replacing the old bunker with an airier, handicap accessible station took two years and cost $88 million.
Concrete Plaza shows us people wanted to get a look:
And then they escorted him out of South Station for being disorderly.
The T is running new announcements on the Green Line, at least at above-ground stops: "Pay your fare! It's only fair!"
As Boston Dog kvetches:
Oh my God. The "Pay your Fare!" announcements on the Green Line got obnoxious after three stops.
Pict Liberation Army adds:
Particularly when its playing over drivers flagging people past farebox.
UPDATE: The T announced the resumption of service at 4:50 p.m.
An inbound D train derailed between Hynes and Copley Square. Brian Campbell reports a friend called to say she's now covered in soot after something began burning and passengers had to walk through the tunnel to Copley:
She was on an inbound train and evacuated in the tunnel between Hynes and Copley, they exited at Copley.
The T is now running buses instead of trolleys between Park Street and Kenmore Square.
Andrew Ferreira came upon this scene at Davis Square, the morning after the last late-night subway trains ran.
JB Parrett watched as a Green Line train raced across the Lechmere Viaduct just before yesterday's front rumbled through.
What's the MBTA refund process when you tap in, realize it's fubar and then walk home?
Transit Police posted a couple photos today of what its new cruisers will look like - it's a move away from the mostly white Boston look and towards the black and white preferred by many suburban police departments.
Signal problems between Alewife and Harvard mean "moderate" delays, the T says. At 7:57, Kris Kream tweeted:
Nothing coming or going northbound Braintree. Stuck at North Quincy 15+ minutes.
A Green Line trolley simply had too much to drink on St. Patrick's Day and passed out at Copley Square outbound. At 5:35 p.m., Kelsea Hanks reported:
Don't try to go outbound anywhere on the MBTA Green Line. Nothing has moved past Copley in over 30 min.
Hilary reports the line of trash cans put into service as rain catchers at Ruggles station today was even longer, but she just didn't have a wide-enough-angle lens to fit them all in, but, hey, at least they're not shutting the entire T down for 29 hours to inspect power cables like down in DC, right?