Boston firefighters responded to the Forest Hills Orange Line station around 4:30 p.m. for what turned out to be a flame-shooting switch. The fire was quickly doused with firefighting chemicals, but power was shut on the inbound track so that firefighters and the T could investigate what happened. BFD declared an "all out" about 18 minutes later.
Only "minor" delays on the Orange Line, the T reports.
The T says service was pretty durn good on the four subway lines thanks to all the investments in things like new third rails and plows and dispatch centers.
So far this morning, the T has reported Red Line problems that include dead trains at South Station and near Ashmont, signal and switch problems on the Braintree branch and at Park Street. Green Line trolleys ran even slower than usual on the C line.
But as of 9:50 a.m., the T says everything's back to normal.
The T has hooked 80 of plows to the front of Red and Orange Line trains today to try to smash that demon snow away from the trains' air scoops so it won't short out the motors like it did so disastrously in 2015 (but just in case). Also, it will have a jet-powered Snowzilla like this to blast the snow away.
Dead train at Harvard Square is leaving plenty of commuters saying mean things about the T this afternoon.
The T reports it has dozens of spare engines ready to replace any on the Red and Orange lines that might burn out during tomorrow's storm.
A trolley switched to the Styx tracks in Brookline Village, causing what the T says are "minor" delays.
Transit Police say a report on Facebook about fake ICE agents trying to shake down Hispanic T riders for their personal information was incorrect.
Transit Police say the report, originally reposted here, stemmed from a single incident in which an officer stopped somebody for an investigation into fare evasion.
North Station is so crowded with people trying to get on a commuter-rail train out of town that officials have shut the doors to the station. Meanwhile, people are continuing to pile up outside, so much so that Boston Police have shut Causeway Street to keep all those people safe.
The T says only "minor" delays into town on the Red Line as a result.
What's missing from this MBTA alert?
An extra inbound train is en route now to accommodate passengers. Estimated departure time will be announced as soon as possible
The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Green Line due to a "switch problem."
Transit Police report a 50-year-old woman was hit and killed by an outbound Franklin Line train near the Guild Street bridge around 8:20 p.m.
Foul play is not suspected.
Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester woman on charges she threw hot coffee in a T worker's face around 9:30 p.m. yesterday.
Police say Janet Bourke, 61, of Dorchester, was trying to get into Broadway on the Red Line without paying when the worker spotted her and tried to stop her.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m. The T will run buses instead of trolleys between North Station and Lechmere for the rest of Friday as it works to fix the signal problems.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays due to an Orange Line train that kicked the bucket somewhere between North Station and Ruggles. And signal problems on the Green Line at North Station mean it might take you less time to walk between there and Lechmere.
Transit Police report they are looking for Carmelo Maldonado, 50, of points unknown, for stealing at least three bikes from the Stony Brook stop on the Orange Line.
If you see him (click the link for additional photos), contact detectives at 617-222-1050, or send an anonymous text tip to 873873.
An Orange Line train gave up the ghost between North Station and Community College and now people are stacking up with no place to go. Courtney Hayes reports:
A train broke down between north station & community college, 20+ mins waiting for a train to push it into CC.