As if all the other mishegas on the T today weren't enough, Erinn Larson reports a Blue Line got stuck at State Street for some 15 minutes this afternoon, not because of any mechanical problems, but because of one of the T's more charming underground denizens - a guy with a bicycle, a shopping cart filled with lots of stuff - and a deep and abiding anger at something or other. Read more.
An empty BC trolley coming around the loop at Park Street derailed this evening. No injuries. Service is continuing, but with only one track in use, instead of the usual two, expect delays.
Michael Doyle is among the scores (hundreds? thousands?) of Fitchburg Line riders forced to deboard prematurely at Porter Square this evening due to either some sort of switch problem between there and Belmont or a train that gave up the ghost, depending on which MBTA alert one chooses to read.
Regardless of the reason, "no outbound train has left Porter in 90 minutes," Saul Blumenthal reports.
State officials shut the Silver Line tunnel in the waterfront area today after "loose pieces of concrete" fell from the ceiling at the World Trade Center station onto the inbound platform. MassDOT blames "ongoing construction activity on Congress Street" right near the station. Read more.
The MBTA reports an inbound Riverside Line has a "power problem" at Newton Centre, which is causing 20-25 minute delays.
The MBTA this week added some additional buses on weekday mornings to to the 16, 19, 31, 32, 65, 70, 104, 109 and 455 routes.
The 109, 117 and 455 routes get some extra service on Saturday mornings; the 31, 109 and 455 on Sundays.
A motor on a Red Line car at Park Street began to smoke this morning, but the T assures us that "station fans have been activated to alleviate any smoke in the station."
The MBTA reports the Orange Line is running extra slow because of a train with mechanical issues near Wellington.
The Blue Line continues to have residual delays due to a track fire earlier in the morning near Orient Heights, the MBTA advises.
A trip from BC to Harvard Square on the T is filled with the milk of human kindness for one out-of-town student.
Kyle P. was minding his own business as he took the Red Line into town. Then he looked up and noticed there, in the next car, Bojack Horseman. Horseman got off at Downtown Crossing, he reports.
A train died at JFK/UMass as rush hour started this morning, causing delays and, as JohnMcBoston shows us, trains with no more room for additional passengers like him.
At 7 a.m., the MBTA reported a track fire on the Red Line at South Station was causing major delays - about a half hour after a deceased train at Park Street caused its own set of issues.
Things were slow into Boston from the south on the Red Line this morning after a train up and died in Quincy.
The MBTA reports Orange Line service towards Forest Hills got delayed because of a recalcitrant door on a train at North Station.
The Chelsea Record reports the MBTA has sprung for money to buy some software that will let the operator of the Chelsea Street Bridge give the T a head's up when the bridge is about to be lifted to let boats through - so the T can re-route the new Silver Line buses on detour routes, rather than just sitting waiting for the bridge to come down.
The T plans to start up the Silver Line extension between Chelsea and Logan Airport on April 21. The route mostly uses a recycled railroad right of way - but includes travel over the bridge, the center section of which is lifted for the tankers that traverse Chelsea Creek.