North Station is so crowded with people trying to get on a commuter-rail train out of town that officials have shut the doors to the station. Meanwhile, people are continuing to pile up outside, so much so that Boston Police have shut Causeway Street to keep all those people safe.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m. The T will run buses instead of trolleys between North Station and Lechmere for the rest of Friday as it works to fix the signal problems.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays due to an Orange Line train that kicked the bucket somewhere between North Station and Ruggles. And signal problems on the Green Line at North Station mean it might take you less time to walk between there and Lechmere.
An Orange Line train gave up the ghost between North Station and Community College and now people are stacking up with no place to go. Courtney Hayes reports:
A train broke down between north station & community college, 20+ mins waiting for a train to push it into CC.
Transit Police will step up patrols in North Station and Boston Garden security guards will no longer be allowed to eject the homeless from the train station following the Globe's report on how some security guards apparently took out their aggressions on homeless people in the station.
The Globe reports on aggressive security measures against homeless people in North Station, including a Dec. 9 incident in which surveillance video apparently shows a guard smashing a man in the face with his own cane on Dec. 22.
What's the easiest and quickest way to get from North Station to South Station?
Currently I take the orange to the red line but that is usually a 20 min affair in the morning and worse at 5pm.
I'm thinking of getting an electric scooter or boosted board.
Two men got into a fight on an outbound Orange Line train approaching North Station shortly before 12:30 p.m. The loser got punched in the eye; the winner fled out the station and onto the street, where he melted away into the crowds.
A man who likes to carry a brick is scheduled for arraignment today on charges he beat a man at North Station - and tried to push him on the commuter-rail tracks - after finding out the victim was from Mexico, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
An Orange Line train stopped breathing at North Station; the T says the train is gone and the commute is back to normal, but some riders disagree:
Been at state for 20 mins. 1 very over crowded train only!!
UPDATE: Bail set at $5,000, but he won't be going anywhere because a Boston Municipal Court judge revoked his bail on an unrelated Malden case, per the Suffolk County DA's office. Should he get out, he has to stay away from Sarah, currently limping but in stable condition at Angell.
At 1:35 p.m., the MBTA sent out this tweet:
Lowell Train 319 (1:15 pm outbound) is operating 15-25 minutes behind schedule between North Station and Lowell due to terminal congestion.
keeping their trains running on time. They apparently don't even know the correct order of the stations they are supposed to stop at.
All trains have 10 to 15 minute delays per the station PA announcements. No phone alerts about this, but just got a reminder alert about the July fare increases - ugh!
The Herald reports Keolis estimates the T loses $35 million a year in unpaid commuter-rail fares and wants to spend $10 million on new gates at North, South and Back Bay stations. No word on how much is lost on overcrowded trains that conductors can't get through to check tickets.
The T itself, meanwhile, wants to hire private contractors to make sure people don't sneak on the back of Green Line trolleys.
Encountered this earlier this morning. WTF, given that the "roof" doesn't connect to anything.
This is getting more and more bizarre.
Looks like the covered walkway at North Station is already being dismantled.
UPDATE: The Globe reports police have video that appears to show Marr falling into the river.
A Boston Police dive team and other searchers have returned to the Charles River near North Station, where crews searched last week for evidence related to the disappearance of Zachary Marr, last seen outside the Bell in Hand and the Boston Public Market on Feb. 13. Read more.
Just got these alerts from the T within about 30 seconds of each other:
Delay: Haverhill Train 219 (6:20 pm from North Station) is stopped at Melrose Highlands due to a vehicle on the tracks near Greenwood Station.
Delay: Haverhill Train 274 (6:38 pm inbound) will depart Reading Station behind schedule due to a vehicle on the tracks near Greenwood Station.
Wonder if the driver was related to that woman in Andover Sunday morning, or was just another person putting blind faith in their GPS.
Delays of ten minutes on all Reading/Haverhill, Fitchburg, and Lowell departures. No reason given though.