The MBTA reports this morning it's turned on countdown clocks at all the Riverside Line stops in Brookline.
Grace Holley shows us the cascade of water now pouring onto the Riverside Line from a burst water main on an overpass at Brookline Hills - just like the cascade of water that poured onto the Riverside Line from a bust water main on an overpass at Brookline Hills on March 17.
Needless to say, nobody on the Riverside Line is going anywhere fast. Or at all.
Update, Wednesday, 6:20 a.m. The MBTA reports the D Line is back in service.
Grace Holley reports tonight from Brookline Hills, where a loud explosion shortly after 8:30 p.m. was followed by a torrential waterfall from a newly burst water main right above the tracks.
Normally I love water rides but this is a nightmare.
A second Green Line train approached waterfall but went into reverse and backed up, after a long wait.
Now police etc are on scene, lot of flooding on tracks. No more sparks. Right by Brookline Hills Station/Cypress St.
Not all T maintenance workers are clearing tracks. As Sybil shows us, a number were busy today clearing snow off the roof of the Riverside trolley facility.
With the Muddy River rising fast, around 5:20 p.m., the MBTA shut the Riverside Line between Kenmore and Fenway and workers rushed to the portal just past Fenway to begin laying sandbags to keep the Muddy out of the Green Line, in two separate temporary dams.
Around 6:30 p.m., the Muddy River reached 16.4 feet - 1.4 feet above the flood stage at which its waters might begin pouring into the portal:
Some sort of wire ish means busing for Riverside riders between Riverside and Newton Highland - and problems for riders further down the line, as Phil R. reported at 7:50 a.m.:
You KNOW the D line is F'D up when you wait 25 mins at Newton Ctr for packed like sardines train & they don't collect fares.
At 8:20 a.m., Anna McCarter tweeted:
VERY disabled Green Line D train between Kenmore and Hynes.
A "power problem" at Fenway has riders seeing yellow instead of green this morning between Fenway and Reservoir.
Transit Police report charging Alexander Frank, 21, of Framingham, with committing self service while staring at the woman sitting next to him on an inbound D Line trolley around 9:45 a.m. on April 8.
The woman exited at Longwood; Frank did not get off there.
Police say detectives nabbed Frank yesterday at Riverside station. He's scheduled for arraignment today in Newton District Court on a formal charge of lewd and lascivious behavior.
The first car of an outbound Riverside trolley derailed shortly after 12:30 p.m., hitting a tunnel wall.
Boston EMS reports ten people injured.
Three people with injuries were able to walk out of the tunnel near Fenway station; a third was put on a backboard to be carried out by firefighters. The rest were put on the rear trolley, which was disengaged from the front car and backed up to Kenmore station.
The Green Line tally as of 8:30 a.m.: An inbound trolley on the B Line curdled up and died around 7:20 and an inbound trolley on the D Line spoiled at Reservoir about an hour later. Oh, and the entire Green Line came to a sluggish crawl due to "a power problem" shortly before 7.
An outbound trolley paid the ferryman at Newton Highlands right in the middle of the evening rush. Harried riders can only console themselves that the resulting problems would be far worse if this weren't school-vacation week.
The evening rush started with a Red Line train dying at South Station around 4:20 p.m., followed by a trolley dying somewhere on the Riverside Line.
A roving UHub photographer spotted a young nosher on the Green Line this morning.
UPDATE: An MBTA spokesman reports: "The motorist said he was following directions from his GPS device."
Everything's bigger in Texas, including, no doubt, the story about how this minivan with Texas plates wound up on the tracks at Waban tonight, forcing riders, such as Ian Lamont, who took this picture, to sit and stew.
The T provided this photo of workers pushing the vehicle off the tracks:
UPDATE, 10:50 p.m.
Transit Police report a man, in his 40s, died after being hit by an inbound trolley at Fenway on the Riverside Line around 9 p.m.
Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office are investigating what he was doing on the tracks at the time.
Dead train reported at Ashmont at 7:13 a.m.
Also reported: Signal problems on the Reservoir Line and a wicked late train on the Franklin Line. " Free hot chocolate on board?" one commuter freezing at Walpole asks hopefully.
UPDATE: An Orange Line train froze to death at Sullivan Square around 7:40 a.m. An inbound train, of course. It was followed in quick succession by a dead inbound Mattapan trolley at Butler. Not long after that, an inbound B trolley refused to leave Boston College. And then the drawbridge at North Station got stuck or something, delaying inbound commuter-rail trains.
UPDATE: Another Red Line train died at Harvard around 5 p.m. Of course.
There's a dead trolley on the Riverside Line and an Orange Line train was emptied at Community College around 3:30 p.m.
Oh, by the way, the T is looking for riders to join a "customer opinion panel" to answer surveys every three months and get a chance to win a monthly LinkPass.
One at North Station, one at Reservoir, both making life more interesting for morning commuters.