And so it's come to this: With the Braintree leg of the Red Line effectively out of commission since that train got stuck for two hours, the T is turning to Peter Pan, which normally provides bus service to places like Vermont, to help ferry riders between Braintree and JFK/UMass tonight and tomorrow.
In a statement, the Carmen's Union, which represents MBTA bus drivers,... Read more
Will captured the mood on one Red Line car this morning.
Rich got to Oak Grove around 6:30 a.m., just in time to see tracks remain unshoveled, which is one of the reasons the T is still just running that single shuttle train up and down that one track between Oak Grove and Wellington, causing grief for commuters like Beth Chaplin at Malden:
At Malden Sta at 7:15am; SB "shuttle" train too full to... Read more
So it turns out Beverly Scott did drop the mic at her press conference yesterday.
Scott did not specify reasons in her resignation letter, but did praise T workers and said she was proud to have been part of the Patrick administration's transportation team.
She leaves the job in April.
A rider forwards this photo of a man taking care of grooming in the nick of time on the Green Line this morning.
Close shave on the Orange Line.
The MBTA says it will run the Green and Blue Lines, but at reduced frequencies tomorrow. There will be trains on the Red and Orange Lines, "but the level of that service will not be determined until later today."
Commuter rail will only make about 70% of normal trips, but there will be no service to Plymouth, TF Green Airport or Wickford Junction.
And buses... Read more
Tracy Strauss shows us the major icicles at Porter Square today.
And at a feisty press conference, MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott could not rule out further shutdowns if we got more snowstorms. She said she should have a better idea later this afternoon when service can resume.
In contrast to the quiet, subdued Walsh and Baker press conferences, reporters went for the jugular and Scott didn't back down. "Oh, Lord Jesus!" she said at one... Read more
Gamma Ray Digital shows us where the Worcester Line used to be in Allston.
OK, if you look closely, at the snow to the left of the roof at the bottom of the image, you can see a thin black line. That's all that's left of the train tracks this morning.
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... Read more
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.:
Tell people not to bother with the Orange Line. Waited... Read more
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:
Between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., the MBTA will suspend Red... Read more
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... Read more