Orange Line trains be parking, after trackside cable starts sparking

The MBTA reports "moderate" delays on the Orange Line due to a troublesome trackside cable at Community College that started spitting sparks. The Boston Fire Department took a look, declared an all out, but not until trains were held up and down the line.

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In other broken T news I just

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In other broken T news I just received this alert: "T-Alerts texts were delayed this morning due to technical problem. This problem is now resolved. Sorry for any Inconvenience."

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Gonneville noted this issue at the FMCB

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He also noted the continuing operating issues with the T system post-2015. Meanwhile Pollack and Ramirez patted themselves on the back for a terrible job.

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Were it a busted train, sure

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And as we saw today, busted pipes are par for the course in this weather (or at least the weather we are hopefully leaving behind.) But even I sigh when it is this kind of infrastructure breakdown. I don't know what kind of preventative maintenance would keep this from happening (as I remind people that I don't in fact work for the T) but when it comes to signals, switches, and apparently cables, this is something that doesn't need to be manufactured overseas and assembled here- it can be done closer to home and a bit more quickly.

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Hire more consultants!

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The MBTA will announce the hiring of high priced consultants to study why dog sleds in Siberia provide a more efficient and safe mode of public transportation.

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Thank...

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Thank Rick Astley I wasn't going to Boston that day, because figuring out the alternative bus routes is a massive dismay.

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