Maybe the MBTA needs a summer-resiliency program: Around 3:50 p.m., Boston firefighters responded to Broadway station because a power cable burst into flames just past the station on the inbound side. That was good for "severe" delays on the Red Line. The fire was quickly doused, but service was held for firefighters to check things out.
And the hits just keep on coming: "Moderate" delays on the Red Line, the MBTA reports.
"Moderate" delays on the Green Line to and from Brighton due to a deceased trolley at Packards Corner, the MBTA reports.
The MBTA reports "minor" delays because of a trolley that is lying prostrate at Hynes.
The MBTA reports "moderate" delays on the Red Line because of a train currently pushing up daisies at Quincy Center.
When the heat gets too hot, Worcester and Needham Line trains have to go extra slow because, of course, the tracks weren't designed to handle regular-speed trains in the heat. Or as Goodband-C puts it when talking about what is normally 33-minute ride on the Needham Line:
Crawling into South Station a quick 80 minute trip from Hersey.
The Green Line is hosed: "Severe" delays between Park and Kenmore due to signal problems. Riders reporting 30-minute waits - when they can get on a train at all. Power seems to be just draining into a black hole at Copley. Uber went into surge-pricing mode as complete strangers banded together to grab one.
The past few weeks have seen an explosion of the number of Tissue People on the T: People with allegedly horrible lives who seek donations in exchange for a small pack of tissues.
But not with subways. The Globe reports the T has asked private companies to propose overnight service options - and costs. And that includes possible bids from car-sharing services.
A severely indisposed trolley at Copley Square is causing "moderate" Green Line delays, the MBTA advises.
A non-viable train at Andrew is causing "moderate" delays, the MBTA reports.
Jennifer Garvey, a now former Transit Police officer, is scheduled for trial on June 22 on charges of causing injury while violating a person’s civil rights, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery and two counts of filing a false report, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
Cambridge Police report an incident at the Kendall Square involving a man who'd fallen on the Red Line tracks ended with him revived and on the way to the hospital after two Cambridge officers administered Narcan, which counteracts the deadly effects of opioids. Read more.
A Red Line train that lost the will to live at Harvard Square is causing "moderate" delays southbound, the T advises.
The ACLU of Massachusetts and the MBTA today announced a settlement of a lawsuit over the beating, pepper spraying and arrest of Mary Celeste Holmes at the Dudley Square T stop after she publicly complained about the way officers were treating another woman there in 2014. Read more.
All thanks to the Beverly drawbridge replacement and the Positive Train Control system installation work.
Weekday Service Plan for July 17 through August 13
"Moderate" delays on the Riverside Line due to a trolley that met a sudden demise at Newton Centre, the T reports.
The T's reporting "moderate" delays due to a Blue Line train that unexpectedly made Government Center outbound its last stop.
UPDATE:, 9:40 p.m. Northbound Red Line still a mess.
Mirto Picchi posted this photo at 8:27 p.m., reports that train had been "arriving" for several minutes.
Hong Pong was on the Alewife-bound car that caused all the problems. At 7:51 p.m., he posted a photo of an emergency brake lever that somebody pulled on his Red Line car just as it left Downtown Crossing. Read more.
The T reports "minor" delays on outbound B, C and D trains through Kenmore Square due to signal problems.
UPDATE: And now there's a dead train at Reservoir.