The MBTA reports a dead train somewhere near Tufts Medical Center means "severe" delays towards Oak Grove (which, of course, will eventually mean problems towards Forest Hills, especially since Forest Hills is down to just one track). That means every single T line had a dead train this morning. Is there a prize for that?
Tufts Medical Center
WCVB gets the statement from State Police about an incident at the Logan Hilton early this morning at which Tufts Medical Center claims locked-out nurses and supporters threw coffee at a bus taking replacement nurses to the hospital: State Police say nothing was thrown and the protesters quickly and willingly dispersed when troopers told them to because they didn't have a permit.
The T reports "moderate" delays inbound from Forest Hills due to a dead train at Tufts.
The T reported "police action" at Tufts Medical Center resulted in the dreaded "severe" delays on the Orange Line after 4 p.m. Sarah Fisher reports the details:
Orange line delayed because "a blonde lady and a pregnant lady were beating the crap out of each other" at Tufts Medical. Lovely.
Stalactites have formed above the outbound platform and tracks at the Tufts Medical Center station.
A Chicago man was arraigned yesterday on charges he tried to shunt the driver aside and take the controls of an Orange Line train as it hurtled under Washington Street Tuesday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
The Boston Business Journal reports the two hospitals, each affiliated with different universities, no longer plan to merge.
Paul Levy, who knows something about failing hospitals, having become CEO of Beth Israel just as the state wanted to shut it down, takes a look at the proposed merger of Boston Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center - and how to keep the merger from simply becoming " a case of strapping two leaky lifeboats together, leading to a faster demise than if they remained apart."
The Globe reports.
All the doctors in the world upstairs could do nothing to revive the outbound Orange Line train that expired at Tufts Medical Center around 8:20 a.m.
This was after a Green Line trolley expired at Copley and various trains heading to South Station took a break in their morning routine thanks to switch problems.
Around 2 p.m., Adam Castiglioni reported the lights were out at the Tufts Medical Center stop.
Transit Police responded fairly quickly:
Electricians are working on the problem and additional staff were sent to the station to assist passengers.
As of 5 p.m., however, Boston to a T reports:
Still pretty much pitch black at Tufts Medical station.
A fire in an electrical room just beyond the inbound platform at Tufts Medical Center brought the Orange Line to an abrupt end this morning.
The Boston Fire Department reports a 15,000-volt line began to smolder around 10:10 a.m. Firefighters had to bring in dry-powder extinguishers to put out the fire - and several "smoke ejectors" to clear the smoke out of the station.
The station was turned back to the T around 11:50 a.m. Service on the Orange Line resumed shortly after noon - although the Tufts Medical Center stop remained shut.
Transit Police report arresting a man on charges he tried to steal a woman's phone out of her hands at the Tufts Medical Center stop on the Orange Line last night.
According to police, Joaquin Armaiz, 43, went up to a woman walking towards the platform around 7:40 p.m., grabbed her by the shoulders and demanded her phone:
MBTA Transit Police report an Orange Line rider engrossed in a game on his iPhone 4 failed to notice the guy who was about to snatch it out of his hands as the train pulled into Tufts Medical Center around 12:20 p.m.
However, police say:
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