In case you'd been wondering what the LaRouchies have been up to since the election, well, they've been steeling themselves to support Dear Leader, as Craig Caplan found out at Park Street today.
Corrected to note it was the Green Line, not the Red Line.
Lisa Johnson recounts the day she was rushing to the Green Line when she swerved to get around somebody near the yellow warning strip, lost her balance and fell on the tracks:
I think I may have been in shock, because I was just lying on the tracks trying to get my bearings. I don’t remember if it was me actively trying to get up and people grabbing my hands as I reached up or people just grabbing my hands and pulling me up. Either way, there were two sets of hands pulling me up.
Transit Police report arresting Shaun Goodwin, 41, for allegedly going after another man with a hypodermic needle yesterday morning at Park Street.
Police charge that Goodwin had harassed the man in the past and that on spotting him buying a CharlieTicket around 11:20 a.m., challenged him to a fight. Read more.
A dead trolley at Arlington outbound is backing up things on the Green Line. The T is reporting similar delays on the Red Line from Park to Alewife for unspecified reasons.
Via e-mail this morning, we got a photo of some some graffiti in an elevator at the Park Street T station that seems to indicate the author's carefully considered desire to build a wall to keep out Section 8 recipients. Our correspondent reports he notified the T, which promised a cleanup crew was on the way.
UPDATE: Then the signals went on the fritz between Central and Kendall.
A train that had to be taken out back and shot at Charles/MGH is getting Red Line riders all grumbly.
Christina Visconte reports: Read more.
Gin Dumcius witnessed T workers struggling to keep a guy from trying to kill himself at Park Street around 7:45 p.m. Ten workers eventually joined the successful effort to keep him off the tracks until he could be transported to the hospital.
The T says it's gotten the deceased train off the tracks, but that sort of thing always means residual delays and extra jammed cars. Sutter reports:
Passenger on the platform @ Wollaston asked if we can move in a little more. Everyone in the car said "NO." in unison.
Jason noticed this note at the Park Street T stop today:
I love this. We could all use some kindness these days.
When Venita Subramanian heard about some artists in New York who put out markers and sticky notes so subway riders could write up inspirational messages on a station wall, she thought Boston should do the same thing. Read more.
UPDATE, 8 a.m. MBTA says regular service has resumed.
Severe delays on the Red Line, again, after a train breathes its last at Park Street.
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.
UPDATE, 10:20 p.m. Red Line service was supposedly back to normal.
A touch of a trash fire on the Red Line tracks tonight. Quickly brought under control, but you know how that causes cascading delays up and down the line. Boston firefighters returned control of the tracks to the T around 8:50 p.m., but that brought no relief to riders because the train that may have caused the problem was stuck at Downtown Crossing. Instead, the T began corralling buses to shuttle riders between Park Street and JFK in both directions. Read more.
The BWSC's rain tally-o-matic shows Matthew-inspired precip levels for yesterday that range from 1.85 inches in subtropical Hyde Park and Adams Street in Dorchester to 1.49 inches in the Longwood Medical Area and Allston.
Of course, that rain has to go somewhere - like, oh, the Park Street Red Line platform.
People coming from the direction of Alewife are sitting in trains not moving because a train at Park Street just gained its wings.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays westbound due to a trolley now enjoying its eternal rest at Park Street. All trolleys not similarly indisposed will be leaving from the track along the wall.
Somewhere, a Red Line train paid its fare to the ferryman and now riders who just want to get home get to enjoy the company of their fellow commuters. At 6:17 p.m., Mark Peter Detwiler reported:
Issues on the redline southbound, been waiting at Park 25 minutes for a braintree train.
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