The lights went out at Tufts and Back Bay on the Orange Line this rush hour, slowing trains as riders stumbled in the dark. At least, as Joe Growhowski shows us, Back Bay had some natural light coming in from one end.
Possible good news for fans of old trolleys: The Dorchester Reporter reports MassDOT has included $9 million in a five-year capital plan for rehabbing the Mattapan High-Speed Line's PCC trolleys, rather than replacing them with buses or something.
UPDATE: Amtrak got the signals working again around 2 p.m.
Around 8:45 a.m., the T announced: "Due to a signal problem, South Side trains cannot arrive to/depart from South Station." Again.
The T blamed Amtrak for the problems. Again.
Frank Oglesby Jr. (you know, the "The next Red Line train to Ashmont is now approaching" guy) narrates this brief tour of the T's Operations Control Center on High Street.
Josh Wardell watched in amazement this morning as the warning lights came on where the train tracks cross Main Street in Cambridge and drivers said "screw that" and just kept on going.
It's "severe" delays on the Florida Sunshine line thanks to a dead train at Jackson Square.
From the MassDOT blog:
The MBTA expects thousands of extra riders for the 2016 Boston Marathon on Patriotsâ€™ Day, Monday, April 18.
Customers are urged to take public transportation to and from the Marathon and are advised to check T-Alerts for the most up-to-date service information on the day of the race.
Updated, 1:20 p.m.
An Eversource power cable near Woodland station burst into flames, shorting out service on the D Line. The T is now busing passengers between Riverside and Newton Highlands.
WBZ reports the seared cable also means no service for some 3,800 Eversource customers in Newton.
Back in the old days, railroads used to use semaphores to signal train engineers whether they could go forward and how fast. You can still see one of these semaphores where the old Boston & Maine (now MBTA, natch) line to Fitchburg crosses Elm Street in downtown Waltham - mounted on a switching tower that sits next to a switch for what used to be a line to Watertown.
The signals were, of course, not very useful at night, so there were also bulbs to signal engineers: Read more.
A concerned, and probably disgusted, citizen requested a cleanup around 1 p.m. at the Roslindale Village commuter-rail stop:
There is a large beheaded rooster next to the commuter rail tracks at the pedestrian crossing.
The Grim Reaper harvested a train at Harvard Square this morning and now hundreds of Red Line riders are stacking up like cordwood waiting for inbound trains that just aren't coming.
Meaghan O'Malley reports she got on at Davis at 7:30 a.m. and hadn't even reached Harvard by 7:57.