With a large puff of smoke around 8 a.m., the Blue Line lost power between State and Government Center this morning, halting trains and their riders in tunnels, as riders who had yet to board stacked up at stations all along the line.
T workers escorted the riders of at least one train down the tracks to safety at State Street (video). But not immediately: Riders on trains along the line reported having to just sit on trains for quite awhile first.
Kim C reports:
Was sitting half in/half out of aquarium for over 20 mins. They finally backed up and let us out. I’m going to be like an hour late for work and gross from sweating in a humid car then walking to the green line. Thanks for the fare hike @mbta!
Boston firefighters were unable to find the source of the smoke. The T began rolling out shuttle buses between Maverick and Bowdoin - and told riders they could also take the Silver Line from Airport.
Waiting for a shuttle bus at Maverick (photo by Brian Premont):
Waiting for a bus at Airport (photo by hkergrrl):
Uber prices skyrocketed.