Delays of ten minutes on all Reading/Haverhill, Fitchburg, and Lowell departures. No reason given though.
This just in from MassDOT:
Amtrak officials notified MassDOT today that the Amtrak signal failure will not be resolved by the start of the evening commute. Because of this Amtrak failure, the only commuter rail trains that will depart from South Station are those that serve the Providence/Attleboro and Stoughton Lines.
MassDOT is urging all other Commuter Rail passengers not to arrive at South Station. Instead, MBTA will post new schedules by 3:30 PM today indicating which trains will depart from the alternative stations. These alternative stations will include JFK/UMASS, Back Bay, Forest Hills, Quincy Center, and Braintree.
The new schedules for todayâ€™s commute will be posted on MBTA.com by 3:30 PM today.
Amtrak is reporting 1-2 hour delays on its trains in and out of Boston due to the same South Station problem that screwed up commuter-rail service this morning (and which continue to screw up commuter-rail service), adds:
Signals are currently being operated manually which significantly limits the amount of trains arriving and departing the station. Amtrak engineering forces are actively working to fix the issue and restore scheduled service.
Wicked Local Somerville reports the city of Somerville is planning on spending $25,000 to $35,000 to hire a PR company to push back against the nay-saying nellies at the state:
As state officials consider cutting the Green Line Extension, Somerville is hiring a PR firm to promote the project via placed interviews and op-eds, Reddit Ask Me Anything forums and "memes."
It's Amtrakageddon this morning as trains can't get past Back Bay and the T throws up its hands and tells riders to find some other way to get to work. That sort of worked for riders coming in from the west, but riders on trains from the South Shore got on Red Line trains that just sat there.
UPDATE, 9:50 a.m.: Read more.
MBTA General Manager Frank DiPaola says an exterior metal panel fell off a southbound Orange Line train at State Street last night and then a second train ran over it, leading to a chaotic scene that involved passengers kicking out windows to escape the second train when it and the station began filling with smoke. In a statement, he says: Read more.
Heather Parker reports she was on an Orange Line train to Forest Hills, when there was a bang and what looked like flames as the train entered State Street shortly before 9 p.m.
Passengers evacuated the train, the station filled with smoke and firefighters arrived and asked the T to shut power in both directions, from Community College to Tufts.
An Amtrak train headed to Boston lost power this afternoon, and possibly had a bit of a fire, an MBTA commuter-rail train was enlisted to push it to Boston and now things are still bollixed up betwixt Boston and Providence.
Alexis Deise peered down the stairs at the Newtonville stop on the Worcester Line this morning.
At 7:45 a.m., there were delays on numerous lines due to mechanical problems, "late turn of equipment" and, of course, train traffic.
For a holiday morning, one Red Line train seemed a bit crowded this morning, Charles Cherney reports.
This is apparently an issue for Philadelphia as well:
The T's reporting some travails getting riders into town from Braintree due to a train that decided to join Elijah. This was after earlier signal problems near JFK/UMass.
UPDATE: Not an actual sleeping homeless person; just some blankets that appeared to be a sleeping homeless person.
There's a homeless guy asleep under the Yawkey Way commuter-line stop, with his feet hanging over the tracks. Dave reports train 506 has been halted just before the station so that police can remove him.
Ben Quahog reports that the upper busway at Forest Hills briefly became Boston's longest bus parking lot around 5:20 p.m. when a bus died pretty much at the exit, keeping about a dozen other buses from moving.
Sdconnor shows us the scene at North Station around 5:30 p.m.:
People pushing through the crowd of delayed passengers to get to trains.
An Orange Line train was harvested by the Grim Reaper; its desiccated husk had to be pulled down the tracks towards Forest Hills.