The morning started off with delays due to unspecified debris on the tracks (we like to think of it as being the remains of a snack by the blind white wolves that roam the Orange Line at night). A train departed this mortal coil at Oak Grove. And now there are signal problems at Wellington, and you know what that means.
Nick Palmarozzo took the photo of waiting commuters, reports:
Made it as far as not-quite-Wellington before more delays: switching problem, traffic ahead AND a schedule adjustment. Harsh!
UPDATE, 8:45 a.m. An inbound Red Line train from Braintree clutched its chest just before JFK/UMass, yelled "This is the big one! You hear that, Elizabeth? I'm coming to join ya, honey!" and died.
Updated and corrected with info from Transit Police.
Transit Police report a man, about 40, was stabbed "in the torso area" around 5:50 p.m. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive.
At the height of the storm, the T posted a photo of General Manager Beverly Scott watching the displays at the T's High Street command center.
That was just about when a train at Tufts Medical Center on the Orange Line decided it wanted a change of careers, stranding the same sort of commuters who got stuck when another Orange Line train died at Sullivan Square in the morning commute.
At 5:07, Leigh Montgomery tweeted:
Stuck underground, did not make 1 stop. Between Back Bay & Tufts
Ten minutes later, she reported:
Just arrived at Tufts. We will be walking to N Station from here
A dead train at Sullivan Square around 8:20 a.m. quickly cascaded into commuting hell for Orange Line riders heading into the city from the north. At Malden, riders were told to
abandon all hope get on commuter rail. At Community College, riders were told to just go home walk to North Station.
A train died earlier in the morning on the Red Line. Two trolleys were taken out and shot on the Green Line. A Silver Line bus suffered an existential crisis at Mass. Ave. and Washington Street and could go no further.
After performing quite well during the storm last night (except for that little fire at Aquarium on the Blue Line), the T is struggling this afternoon:
On the Green Line, something went horribly awry with a switch and now there are supposedly shuttle buses from Kenmore to points inbound. At 3:20 p.m., Sam H. tweeted:
Shuttles replacing B, C, and D inbound at Kenmore but no buses to be seen, most walking.
The Globe reports MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott has ordered an audit of all the third rails on the Red, Orange and Blue lines to try to stave off the sort of problems that bollixed commutes on the Red Line Wednesday morning and Tuesday evening.
Carl Stevens reports the inspections will focus on the welds that connect sections of the third rail together.
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.
Ezra Freedman wonders:
For years there have been cans of Tab at the end of the Green Street platform, what's the deal?
Ed. note: So that's what happened to Steve Slyne's stash after his place in West Roxbury got turned into the Real Deal!
Two Transit Police officers couldn't keep a large man from flinging himself off the Orange Line bridge over the Mystic River early on Nov. 17, but they didn't give up on him - ultimately helping him out of the cold water and into the back of a waiting ambulance.
Officers Eli Bojorquez and Kenneth Phillips will be given formal commendations at a ceremony next Wednesday for saving the man's life after his 30-foot plunge.
You get a delay! And you get a delay! And you get a delay!
Trains lapsed into unconsciousness on the Red Line and the C, D and E trolley lines. But the Orange Line saved the worst for last: A dead train at Ruggles that sat there for nearly 20 minutes before operators got the idea to get the train behind it to push it out of the way a little after 9 a.m.
Anna Lawless was on the pusher train:
After sitting outside Ruggles for 20 mins, we seem to be pushing the disabled train ahead of us.
A.P. Blake captures authors Jeremy Fox (l) and Andrew Elder at Downtown Crossing today, celebrating the 105th anniversary of the Washington Street tunnel, which today forms the downtown core of the Orange Line (they're holding a copy of their new book about the Orange Line).
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.
One of the first trains from Oak Grove this morning got to Malden said that's it, it's not going any further and refused to move.
A train died at Oak Grove around 8:30 a.m.
A dead train gave Orange Line commuters extra time to check e-mail or read the Metro cover to cover and back again. Around 7, Ford Inbody tweeted:
Overall from Sullivan Square to Back Bay took me 52 minutes. Normally around 20 in the morning.
That included waiting 20 miunutes at Sullivan just for a train to show up and 10 minutes just sitting at Downtown Crossing.
There was also a dead train on the Red Line, but that was around 6 a.m., when hardly anybody was awake to notice.
At least two trains died on the Red Line this morning, one around 6:30 a.m. at Porter and another a little more than an hour later just outside Alewife.
Commuters have been waiting at N Quincy since 7:35am. When will there be room on the #mbta to get on? #freezing & it's not even snowing yet.
Around 6:40 a.m., Orange Line riders heading into town from the north got to join in on the fun when one of their trains died.
Signal problems at Sullivan Square mean sardine-level packing on inbound Orange Line trains this morning.
Meanwhile, there are major delays on the Worcester Line due to a train hitting and killing somebody.
Around 1 p.m. The MBTA reports:
There was no train in the area. He made no contact with the third rail. Taken to Brigham and Women's to be checked out.
A witness on the platform says he appeared to just pass out and fall down, on the left track: