This was Dani B's 70 bus just after it pulled into Central Square in Waltham around 8:30 a.m. Discretion proved the better part of valor for riders.
Blake Stacey reports from an inbound Red Line train sitting in the tunnel just short of Central Square:
There is literally a trash fire on the tracks in front of us (just north of Central).
Conductor on PA: "It's just newspaper, don't worry."
State House News Service reports 55 congressmen want the Treasury department to investigate the way a Chinese company won the bid to build new Red Line and Orange Line trains, in part because of allegations it was able to submit a low-ball bid due to Chinese government subsidies, in part because they worry about the Chinese gaining access to critical national infrastructure, such as rail lines. Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Somerville) did not sign on, saying he wants to learn more first.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Red Line's Ashmont branch due to signal problems at Ashmont.
A tree's come down on the overhead wires at Woodland, causing "severe" delays on the Riverside Line.
The T is warning of the dreaded "severe" delays on the Orange Line inbound from Oak Grove due to a train that needs to be taken out back and shot at Assembly Square. It's so bad, the T is telling people to take the Green Line between North Station and Back Bay, assuming they can get to North Station to begin with, that is.
The T is advising "moderate" delays from on the Green Line to points west due to a train that isn't budging at Park Street.
Just "minor" delays on the Green Line so far, the T reports.
The MBTA reports "moderate" delays on the C and D lines due to signal issues at Kenmore Square.
Meghan Rauber reports it's so pokey "Pokemon GO registers it as me walking and i can hatch so many eggs."
The Herald reports the state will pay Keolis $66 million more over the next six years because it turns out the company can't really run the sort of train service we expect for the price it initially bid.
A train that came up lame at Alewife is now causing "moderate" delays on the Red Line. Or as one rider puts it:
I am now 1hr into my 1hr commute, and nowhere near my destination.
A Red Line rider forwards this photo of a guy who tried and failed to get the attention of the two women on either side of him, or maybe upskirt them, on an Alewife-bound train between JFK/UMass and South Station.
The overhead wires for the 71 trackless trolley don't do much good when they catch on fire, as they did this afternoon in Watertown Square - as Itbeale captured.
However, the cars in question were built by CSR in China, while our new Red Line and Orange Line trains, to be delivered by 2022, will be built in Springfield.
People stuck on the Red Line are reporting their drivers are telling them there's maybe a fire or maybe a police action or maybe even both at Porter Square, but whatever it is, Red Line riders would dearly love to be somewhere else right now.