"Moderate" delays on the Orange Line due to signal issues at Oak Grove, the MBTA reports.
Delays into Boston still just "minor," the MBTA says.
Starting tonight, the T will be shutting down the Orange Line between Wellington and Oak Grove starting at 8:45 p.m. at night so workers can get the tracks ready for winter - except for Friday and Saturday nights, when service will run as usual.
You may recall that particular stretch of Orange Line proved particularly troublesome in the winter of our discontent. Workers will be installing heaters along the third rail and at switches to prevent the tracks from turning into a glacier again, in a $12.7 million project, MassDOT reports.
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 get on. Now heading NB to OG so I can circle back to Wellington.
Major delays on the Red Line this morning. At Quincy Center, a train died and one car filled with smoke. Then the doors wouldn't open. Kerstin Haley reports:
People busted open the windows to let people out.
The Orange Line is also having its problems - once you could get to the trains. JTGard6306 reports:
Oak Grove is literally biggest disaster ive ever seen in my life. Accidents, fights, ZERO spots. AVOID!
JulesB captured the scene outside Oak Grove station early this morning.
An inbound Orange Line train didn't even make it out of the starting gate at Oak Grove early this morning. Somewhere on the Ashmont branch of the Red Line, an outbound train felt that disturbance in the Force and went over to the dark side.
A train died at Oak Grove around 8:30 a.m.
Transit Police report arresting a Wakefield man on charges he repeatedly punched an MBTA bus driver in the face this morning at Oak Grove after the driver wouldn't let him board because his CharlieCard didn't have enough funds.
Police say the driver, 58, was letting passengers board his Route 131 bus at Oak Grove around 6:50 a.m. when Ryan O'Donnell, 19, stepped into the bus:
O'Donnell tapped his Charlie Card on the fare box which indicated insufficient funds to cover the fare. The bus operator explained this to O'Donnell who became belligerent and demanded to ride for free. The bus operator refused and after withstanding O'Donnell's verbal tirade requested he exit the bus. As O'Donnell was exiting the bus he turned and spat at the bus operator. Subsequent to that a struggle ensued where the victim/T employee was struck with a closed fist multiple times in the face causing injury and severe bleeding from his nose.
O'Donnell is now scheduled for arraignment in Malden District Court on a charge of assault and battery, police say.
MBTA Transit Police report arresting a Boston man for allegedly masturbating in full view of other Orange Line riders from Oak Grove to about Wellington, around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday.
Guy's scheduled for arraignment today on a charge of lewd, wanton and lascivious conduct.
AlertNewEngland reports why Orange Line riders are being bused between Wellington and Oak Grove tonight.
Matt Kurkowski spotted the construction at Oak Grove on the Orange Line:
Oh my God, IS DONUT & DONUTS REOPENING?? (Still best name ever.)
Dave Bonner tweets another donut stand at the Oak Grove T stop has closed:
... sign said business was too slow. ...
Just saw an MBTA employee dump the metro paper recycling bin into a trash can at Oak Grove. Why do they pretend to recycle? Ugh.
The T does a better job of recycling old Metros at the inbound platform on the Orange Line at Haymarket: They use bundles of Metros to sop up all the water that keeps draining into the station - and to prop up an orange cone atop the slippery spot the water creates.
Jen Stewart took the above photo at the Oak Grove Orange Line station this morning. She reports that it wasn't bad enough that the T bus driver told everybody to get out in the street, way away from the station. When the refugees then straggled up the road because the T didn't shovel the sidewalks, the bus driver honked at them for getting in his way.
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