The T's approaching mid-day with just a few minor glitches during the morning commute. Now onto the afternoon.
The T just issued a "severe delays" alert for southbound trains due to track issues at Assembly Square.
There's a dead train somewhere on the Orange Line (the T isn't saying where) and a train that breathes no more at Quincy Center on the Red Line. Passengers are not happy, but whadaya gonna do?
The Globe reports the 40 new locomotives the T bought are running more reliably than the wheezing old engines they replace, but are still having problems. However, the T has figured out how to stop them from catching on fire.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Orange Line due to a train that switched to a Stygian track at Haymarket.
The Herald reports on - and posts photos of - a trolley that had one or two wheels decide they didn't really like the track they were on near Reservoir around 7:30 a.m. None of the passengers on board was injured, and service has since resumed.
Rachel Michaud was among the riders of a route 354 bus forced to get off in the carpool lane around 8:30 a.m.
Well, the bus started smoking and we are stranded in the carpool lane on 93S.
The T sent a relief bus to pick up the evacuees.
The MBTA this week sued Amtrak over the $29 million Amtrak is demanding the authority pay for the right to have Amtrak keep running trains over Northeast Corridor tracks that are owned by the T.
The T warns that if it's forced to make the payments, it might have to take the money out of its already precariously financed mass-transit services. Read more.
UPDATE, 7 a.m.: Equipment removed, T reports "minor" residual delays.
The T is running shuttle buses between North Quincy and JFK/UMass due to "disabled work equipment" at Savin Hill. A T spokesman adds:
MBTA crews are on scene, working hard to get the piece of equipment off the main line. Customers may also board Commuter Rail trains at Braintree, Quincy Center and JFK for service into South Station. Customers are asked to allow extra time to commute.
People heading into Boston on the Providence/Stoughton Line are not liking how slowly their trains are moving due to what the T says are Amtrak signal problems.
Wicked C captured the scene around 4:15 p.m. yesterday when a small fire broke out under the edge of the inbound Orange Line platform, the T workers couldn't quite see it to aim a fire extinguisher at it and then a particularly vocal guy from the outbound platform jumped onto the tracks to point it out to them (around 1:40 in the video), which the T workers did not seem to appreciate.
Via Boston Reddit.
Trains that pass through Forest Hills are being forced to slow down due to Amtrak signal problems, the T reports.
The T warned riders yesterday that delays related to the reconstruction of the Longfellow Bridge would continue today. What they optimistically didn't warn riders about, however, were the signal problems between North Quincy and JFK/UMass - of the sort the Braintree line has been having for a couple of months now.
From the north, though, the trains are running well over the bridge.
But Murphy also forwarded the above photo from the theater's better days, when the restaurant next door was a Howard Johnson's and the T still ran 1940s-era trolleys.
Alvarado faces charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, as well as a number of firearms violations, police say. Read more.
UPDATE: The MBTA warns Longfellow-related slowdowns could last two to three days.
Red Line trains in both directions are moving kind of slow this morning, due to the weekend track work on the Longfellow Bridge.
At 7:40 a.m., Justlippe reported:
I left Central at 7:10am. We're just now hanging half out of the tunnel headed to MGH.
A pair of South Boston residents who set out for Broadway station on the Red Line refused to let the fact that the 9 bus never came stop them from getting to Newbury Street for a gallery show. They set out on foot down Broadway to the station - making sure to stop at every bar on the street for a fortifying shot of whiskey. Read more.
First responders from both Cambridge and Boston and divers from Boston rushed to the Charles River near the Longfellow Bridge around 6:30 p.m. on what appeared to be a report that two people might be in the river. Read more.