The Casey Overpass is scheduled to be shut between 9 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday for repaving, MassDOT advises.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports the city has put the T's Arborway bus yard on its list of problem properties, which it usually uses for places at high risk of catastrophic fires, excessive illegal activities and the like. In the yard's case, the issue is chemical storage and fumes. The T has shelved plans to renovate the property, citing lack of money.
UPDATE, 9:24 a.m.: The T says normal service has resumed, but with "residual delays."
You'd be hard pressed to pick a worse time for the Orange Line to die than 8 a.m. on a weekday. But there's no service south of Ruggles as the T tries to figure out where the power went. Shuttle buses are allegedly plying the roads; the queueing masses at Forest Hills are being told to take the 39. Rider Jennifer M sums it up:
Of course, the problems quickly backed up north of downtown as well. Shana O. tweets:
Stuck on an orange line train packed like sardines delayed at CC, feeling claustrophobic
Sarah Freeman (l.) and Beth Worell were among the protesters on New Washington Street under the Casey Overpass today urging the state Department of Transportation to replace the crumbling hulk with at-grade intersections and parks.
Martin Connolly reports some savvy/sneaky inbound commuters at Stony Brook and Green Street take the outbound train to Forest Hills, then don't get off as the train becomes an inbound one, which reduces the odds that poor Forest Hill saps like him can get a seat.
Boston Police report a Plymouth man who helped lead them to the guy who held him up at gunpoint near the Forest Hills T stop yesterday wound up arrested himself when it turned out the stuff he'd had stolen was itself stolen property.
First, police say, Gregory B. Bray, 41, of Dorchester, was arrested at the T stop on armed-robbery charges after he used a pellet gun to stick up Joel Diaz-Sanchez, 32, of Plymouth on South Street around 1 p.m. Police say investigating officers found Diaz-Sanchez's stuff in a trash barrel at the station:
Liam, who lives in Forest Hills, explains his support for a proposal to replace the crumbling hulk of an overpass by the T stop with an at-grade crossing, rather than with another overpass:
Meg Fowler Tripp got on a train this morning and soon after heard the driver exclaim:
I'm closing the doors to this train, and don't you be thinkin' God's gonna open a window and let your ass on.
If you immediately thought gotta be the Orange Line, congratulations, get yourself a donut at Mike's or Donut and Donuts.
Superguppy reports power is out along Hyde Park Avenue from Ukraine Way to Walk Hill Street tonight - the same area that had a planned outage on Oct. 14 for NStar to do some maintenance work.
A fed-up citizen files the latest report on somebody calling himself Bold, who keeps scribbling his fool name all over Forest Hills.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports a task force looking at how to replace the hulking Casey Overpass are down to two options: A bridge that would replicate the current traffic flow and ground-level intersections. State Rep. Russell Holmes, who favors a bridge, said the committee should hold hearings in Dorchester and Mattapan, in addition to JP, because of the overpass's importance as a regional route.
The Metro reports. Don't worry: Homeland Security paid for the upgrade.
The Boston Climate Action Network reports, posts photos from a march from Forest Hills to downtown on Saturday
On Sept. 13, an advisory group working on the Casey Overpass replacement project is scheduled to reveal three possible alternatives: Two involving bridges and one involving the complete demolition of the current hulk and replacing it with a ground-level intersection.
Pete Stidman of the Boston Cyclists Union is looking for a volunteer to work on a video explaining why ground level would be better:
A roving UHub photographer captured the scene around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday in the Zipcar spaces next to the liquor store across from the Forest Hills T stop, where two Honda Insights had had their wheels stolen.
MBTA Transit Police report arresting a Jamaica Plain man on indecent assault and battery charges for an alleged attack at the Forest Hills busway on Saturday.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports an unexpected federal grant could provide enough money to start work on the $200-million rehab of the "temporary" facility - which the T recently said it couldn't do at all.