Signal problems at Wellington are jamming up Orange Line platforms as trains slow to a crawl. David Christopher reports he's at Wellington, where he watched helplessly as two completely full trains pulled in and then left, with no room for anybody to get on.
You think the developer of this complex is working on anything in Plain Jamaica or Bay Back?
The MBTA cut the power to both sides of the Orange Line at Back Bay around 12:30 after trash between the tracks just outbound from the station burst into flames. The fire was quickly extinguished and the Boston Fire Department returned the scene to T control around 12:45 so that power could be turned back on.
Even with a guaranteed - and free - parking space in the City Hall garage, at-large City Councilor Michelle Wu usually takes the T to work from her home in Roslindale. This week, she decided to experiment and up her game - and try to get around Boston only on the T and Hubway. She chronicled her experience: Read more.
Lisa Angelo spotted those two new Orange Line cars out for a spin on the third set of tracks near Wellington station this morning as they undergo several months of testing.
Meanwhile, the T reports the CRRC plant in Springfield has accepted four new Orange Line "shells" for assembly into actual Orange Line cars: Read more.
The MBTA reports delays towards Oak Grove on the Orange Line because of a train with a door that wouldn't recycle at Downtown Crossing earlier.
As we all know, the state has a contract with a Chinese company to build hundreds of millions of dollars wroth of new cars for the Orange and Red Line. And while the cars will be assembled in good old Springfield, MA, the components will be mostly manufactured in the People's Republic (and no, not Cambridge). CRRC, the company in question, has concerns, you betcha: Read more.
Biker Rider watched shiny new Orange Line cars gliding through Sullivan Square this morning on the express track rebuilt just for testing out the new cars. No passengers were allowed on, of course, not while they undergo several months of testing.
The MBTA reports the Orange Line is running extra slow because of a train with mechanical issues near Wellington.
The MBTA reports Orange Line service towards Forest Hills got delayed because of a recalcitrant door on a train at North Station.
UPDATE: Jamaica Plain News reports the victim is 19, the suspect 17.
Shortly after 2:30 p.m. at the Green Street Orange Line station, according to Mass Incidents, which reports one person is in custody. The victim's injuries do not appear life threatening.
Orange Line service slowed as trains bypassed Green Street, which was shut for the investigation.
There was a bit of a third-rail fire on the Orange Line outbound at State Street. The fire's out, but so is the power, at least until after MBTA electricians can arrive and determine everything's OK.
UPDATE: The T has suspended all service between North Station and Back Bay. Have fun on the Green Line.
The Orange Line suffered delays due to signal problems at Oak Grove, while the Red Line slowed to a crawl because of a dead train at Davis earlier this morning.
Meanwhile, over on commuter rail, a dead train is causing problems on the Fitchburg Line, which is not one of those coastal routes where that was supposed to happen.
Boston firefighters responded around 11:15 a.m. to Forest Hills station when an overheated motor on an Orange Line train parked on one of the storage tracks past the station sparked a small fire. Firefighters quickly doused the fire and packed up their equipment - and the command center they'd set up inside the station.
The MBTA reports residual "moderate" delays from an Orange Line train that came to an end near Downtown Crossing.
UPDATED with MBTA statement about what the thing was. Also, Back Bay station was re-opened shortly after 2 p.m.
A ceiling drain pipe fell on the roof of an inbound Orange Line train at Back Bay around 12:25 p.m. No injuries, but passengers were briefly ordered held in the train. Needless to say, inbound service from Forest Hills is now at a standstill. The T is starting up a bus shuttle between Jackson Square and Back Bay.
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