The declaration clears the way for emergency equipment to start coming into Massachusetts from other states: Front-end loaders, backhoes, snow melters and the like for getting rid of snow.
Parking bans to remain in effect through end of weeks, non-essential state workers in eastern Massachusetts given tomorrow off due in part to the T shutdown. Baker said he wants to wait until after the storm damage clears to have detailed discussions with T officials about what's gone wrong this winter.
UPDATE: Service canceled for Tuesday as well.
The T is cancelling all subway and commuter rail at 7 p.m. Some bus lines will still run, but, sorry, people who used the T to get into town today - after 7, you're on your own.
The T will only be running outbound commuter-rail trains this afternoon and evening.
Gov. Baker called T service today "unacceptable" again, but did not propose any solutions, the Globe reports.
Between Quincy Center and Quincy Adams, Peter Wilson reports. The Quincy Fire Department is on scene to help with evacuation. WCVB reports the train was stuck for two hours.
Scott H took photos at the scene.
Meanwhile, Brian reported from the Orange Line around 8:35 a.m.:
The MBTA has announced abbreviated service for Monday that will mean longer waits for trains, even at rush hours. For example, at rush hour, Red Line trains will be scheduled every 14 minutes, instead of the normal 9 minutes; Orange Line trains will arrive every 10 minutes instead of every 6 minutes. Also:
Meet Marcos and Tim, whom Molly Lanzarotta ran across this morning shoveling out one of the sidewalks on the Fairmount Avenue bridge over the Fairmount Line and the Neponset River this morning - just like state Rep. Ed Coppinger did the other night on the bridge named for his father over the Needham Line.
Marcos and Tim had their work cut out for them - that's a long bridge:
The T posted this video of a mighty jet-powered Snowzilla ruthlessly blowing snow on the Red Line near JFK/UMass this morning.
Yep, this $30-billion GoFundMe campaign will go far - at least until it's taken down. Sponsor benefits include:
$50: a homeless man will scream your name on an Orange line car for 45 minutes during rush hour.
$200: you are given carte blanche to forcibly remove backpacks from passengers and throw them into the pit between platforms from the hours of 6am-9am and 3pm-7pm
As promised, the T came through with problems this morning, such as an Orange Line train ensnared by Death's bony embrace, leaving Alison and other Oak Grove riders in an angry mood.
Katarina Ng adds:
Conductor just told everyone at Wellington to take the next north bound train back to Oak Grove to stay warm.
At least through June 19.
MassDOT officials say they'll release detailed late-night stats next week. In the meantime, they expect the extra 90 minutes of service on Friday and Saturday nights will cost $16.4 million on revenues of just $2.1 million. But the program has benefits such as increased economic activity from night owls and making Boston more attractive to young professionals.
With particularly frigid temps expected, the MBTA says riders should brace for subway delays tomorrow.
For tomorrow, sub-zero conditions and wind chills as low as minus 20 will likely affect aging trainsâ€™ propulsion systems. While the MBTA will work hard to provide regular weekday service, customers are strongly encouraged to stay updated on delays and service interruptions via mbta.com or on twitter @mbta.
Seems people are continuing to park across from the train station, even though the city never cleared the road to the curb, narrowing the road to one lane and creating backups that now extend down to Roslindale.
The Clumsy Jeweler reported around 9 a.m. on her efforts to get a bus to the train station this morning:
5 full 32's passed since 7:45. Finally got on one. Driver says it will be an hour to Forest Hills.
The issue isn't paying for expansion vs paying for upkeep. The issue is adequate funding vs inadequate funding.
Gabrielle Gurley ponders this week's MBTA mishegas:
The current responsibility for the underinvestment in the system lies with 198 state lawmakers and their leaders, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and former Senate president Therese Murray.
State Rep. Ed Coppinger (West Roxbury) despaired of the state ever shoveling the Park Street bridge over the Needham Line. So tonight, he and a volunteer went out with shovels and dug a path so people don't have to worry about slipping and killing themselves on it.
MassDOT ignored - We deserve better.
Brian D'Amico photographed the aftermath of the afternoon crash at a Braintree train crossing where a truck got stuck just as a train approached. The truck driver was able to jump to safety; only a few minor injuries on the train.
Photo copyright Brian D'Amico.
Around noon, according to Transit Police, who add that nobody was hit. The gunfire remains under investigation, police say.
Traffic: You don't want to know.
The T: Trains are running, more or less, but slowly, and wheezing under the load of people trying to get to work and the people trying to get to the Patriots parade. Well, except on commuter rail, where the same conditions exist except for all the trains that were canceled on the more exotic lines, such as Fairmount.