If this were the Red Line, we'd assume this guy was just wearing a costume, but Orange Line riders are a different breed, as Jed Hresko reminds us.
Today's tales from the underground involve delays caused by signal problems at Harvard.
Nick Barber noticed the open doors on the wrong side of the train at Kendall Square around 7:20 a.m.
You know how for years the T and everybody who studied the T said the system is so far behind repairs that they couldn't even figure out just how many billions of dollars it needed? CommonWealth has a depressing little article that came out Friday - even as legislators were talking about T-related tax hikes after the Orange Line's smokeageddon - that basically has top T and state transportation leaders saying they don't actually want more money because they wouldn't know how to spend it.
Oh, and a reminder for Orange Line riders riding in rusting trains on tracks that catch fire: That 2018 date for delivery of the new Chinese trains - assuming there are no delays by the company that has never built for the US market in a factory that's still under construction - is just for the first test cars. The current 1980's fleet won't be fully replaced until 2022, again, assuming nothing goes wrong.
The derailment happened at BC, there were no injuries and now it's buses all the way down Comm. Ave. for B riders.
A federal jury last week awarded Michelle Dimanche of Hyde Park more than $2.6 million for discrimination by co-workers and supervisors in the two years before the T fired her in 2013. A federal judge yesterday upheld the amount. Read more.
The T, which seems to have stopped announcing just how serious the delays are, is reporting delays on the Red Line due to a train that got to Park Street and could go no more.
Jeff Durney shared a ride into town with Baphomet this morning.
A Red Line train became the latest little train that couldn't when a train pushed up daisies shortly before 9 a.m. at North Quincy.
WFXT, meanwhile, reports the reason the driver couldn't open the doors all at once was because the train was not fully in the station - and that the T is sending him to reeducation because he should have gotten on the PA and told riders he was going to have to open each door individually.
Mainebiz reports the Maine Military Authority has laid off the 35 workers who were supposed to be rehabbing MBTA buses because for some reason the T doesn't want to pay more for the work just because the authority screwed up and lowballed itself on its $19-million bid.
Ari Ofsevit was among the riders ordered off an inbound Red Line train at Harvard around 9:40 a.m. because, oh, who the hell knows anymore?
The T reports "moderate" delays inbound from Forest Hills due to a dead train at Tufts.
Passengers on an outbound Orange Line train busted out windows when the train filled with smoke and the doors wouldn't open shortly before 5 p.m.
WBZ reports three people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
The train driver reported a "pop" and some sparks as his train entered the station; possibly due to a motor sparking and setting trash on the tracks on fire. Read more.
UPDATE: The T now blames signal problems at Alewife for ongoing delays.
Service all along the Red Line has come to a grinding halt due to a train that has left this mortal coil at Alewife.
Meanwhile, the Rockport/Newburyport is once again imitating the Fairmount Line.
UPDATE: Bail set at $5,000, but he won't be going anywhere because a Boston Municipal Court judge revoked his bail on an unrelated Malden case, per the Suffolk County DA's office. Should he get out, he has to stay away from Sarah, currently limping but in stable condition at Angell.
On Saturday morning, officials will run an exercise at Alewife station to simulate what happens when a Red Line train stops in a tunnel and the tunnel and T stop start filling with smoke, Cambridge Police report. Read more.