UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. Trains running again. UPDATE: 6:02 p.m. Fire declared out, firefighters packing up.
An insulated cable that erupted into flames shortly after 5 p.m. south of South Station shut Red Line service in both directions between JFK/UMass and Park Street and forced the driver of one outbound train to reverse direction and head back to South Station. Read more.
Louis Venturelli was among the hundreds of commuter-rail riders who just sat or stood there in South Station as signal problems meant massive delays on all line between roughly 5:40 and 6:40 this evening.
The former governors say it's last time to connect the two terminals with a rail link.
Craig Wright reports on an incident on the inbound platform on the Red Line at South Station around 9 a.m.:
Woman hit older woman with iced coffee, then dumped on her head because she was "intentionally blocking her."
I guess from boarding the train? Who knows! To the older woman's credit - she just pretty much laughed it off.
The coffee dumper then walked away, he said.
The Braintree train was taken out of service at South Station; now the Red Line has "severe" delays.
Protesters marching in support of a $15 minimum wage in Massachusetts are marching down Boylston Street and in the Chinatown area this rush hour.
Before they got to Boylston, the Back Bay protesters shut down Huntington at Mass. Ave., as URNotInvisible shows us:
Transit Police report they are looking for this yegg for a safe-cracking job in the basement of South Station on March 16.
After breaking into an office in the station basement and opening the safe - police did not say how - he took money and fled in a cab, which dropped him off on Decatur Street in Charlestown.
If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous tip to 873873.
Claire Blechman watched workers reinstall the Hubway station outside South Station this morning.
There are some things you just shouldn't be seeing first thing in the morning at South Station, and Serena Tang reports this group of black-clad symbolic cats is one of them. And she reports they could sense her get-away-from-me-ness:
They started meowing at me.
The operators of the Tavern in the Square outpost in South Station want to add a second food and drink outlet: A Mexican restaurant.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let Tavern in the Square's three owners buy the liquor license from the soon to be demolished Brighton Beer Garden so they can open Tavitas inside the station. The new restaurant would have 47 seats inside with another 21 seats in the station concourse.
Molly Lanzarotta was among those crammed into South Station on the Red Line around 8:15 a.m., where a train tried but failed to come to grips with its own mortality.
Firefighters responded to South Station shortly before 9:30 p.m. for a trash fire on the outbound side of the Red Line. The fire was not on the tracks, it was quickly blasted with some water and that was that, except for the smell of smoke and the delays on the Red Line.
And the lucky ones get a ride home! Such as Molly Lanzarotta, who looked back through the station to see who was looking up at the departures board around 5:10 p.m.
Owen Smith is among the people packed into South Station this afternoon.
A Dorchester teen who allegedly pulled a knife on somebody at the South Station bus terminal last night tried to make like an egg and beat it when the law arrived.
He failed, Transit Police report.
The long arm of the law reached out and grabbed Eddie Divas, 18, cuffed him and charged him with assault by means of a dangerous weapon - a knife - Transit Police say.
Transit Police report arresting a guy from New York at South Station today on charges he was trying to palm off four bogus tickets to this Sunday's game - for $800.
Police credit a Channel 25 tweet about an arrest of alleged fake-ticket sellers in Somerville - and an alert would-be buyer of the doubtful ducats: