Around noon, a B Line trolley slipped off the rails at Park Street, sending the T to both right the train and alert the few remaining Green Line passengers that they'd need to take the Orange or Red lines if they needed to get to Park Street.
New England Folklore recounts the story of the two elms that flank the Robert Gould Shaw memorial at Beacon and Park streets - planted by John Hancock himself before the Revolution. Turns out the memorial sits on a vault designed to protect the roots of the trees.
With the old year ticking down, a Green Line train composed of two of the brand-new trolleys died right at Park Street, where everybody could see it. Steve Timmins reports workers "separated train into two singles, trains now moving again after about 20 minutes."
Aaron Rosenberg spotted this fare-increase advisory being used to block a Park Street escalator that's been out of service for three weeks - after he had a "45 minute commute to go 3 stops." Also, note the date on the sign.
A northbound train with "a mechanical problem" limped into Park Street, where it was taken out of service, adding ten more minutes to whatever it now takes Red Line riders to get anywhere, the MBTA reports.
Transit Police report arresting a man they say started an argument with some people outside the Park Street T stop early this morning, slammed one to the ground, then began chasing others until he ran into a police officer who was able to apply his training and handcuffs to the situation.
What the MBTA described as "a power problem" on the Green Line at Park Street tonight forced the evacuation of the platforms and royally screwed up service on the line. Power problem? Yeah, just a tad.