Signal problems from Orient Heights to Suffolk Downs caused major delays on the Blue Line at rush hours, the MBTA reports, adding the problems have been fixed.
UPDATE, 11:40 p.m. There's a dead train at Braintree gumming up the works.
The MBTA reports delays of up to 20 minutes on the Red Line due to signal problems at JFK/UMass.
Best re-do of an MBTA system map this year, maybe ever.
The MBTA reports an inbound Orange Line train appeared to have gone to its final reward at Tufts. An inspector was able to shock it back to life, but riders still face delays of up to 15 minutes.
Jesse Mermell reports from the Green Line this morning:
An older woman with a 20-something woman just got on the T car I’m on. A 20-something man kindly offered his seat. Without missing a beat the older woman says “thank you, you should meet my granddaughter Katie!” Katie looked mortified. Matchmaking grandmothers never rest!
She adds: Read more.
The MBTA reports delays of up to 15 minutes on the Red Line southbound due to a train with "a mechanical problem" at Porter.
The MBTA reports the morning commute started somewhat torpidly this morning due to a train that died at Malden Center on the Orange Line, a train that died at Braintree on the Red Line and a trolley that simply refused to move from Heath Street on the Green Line.
The T is auctioning off two old locomotives for demolition. And with a current minimum bid of just $26, it's even pretty affordable - especially since the T's already drained all the diesel fuel and other messy fluids.
At 130,000 pounds each, that's a lot of sledgehammering opportunities. Of course, there are a few catches: Read more.
"So much for getting home early for Halloween," T.J. Winnick sighed upon seeing the line just to get into North Station, never mind to his train - a line that stretched down Causeway past the Tip O'Neill building.
About 15 minutes earlier, the line only reached back to almost Portland Street: Read more.
MassDOT reports Forest Hills, Alewife and other T parking garages and lots are already full as fans stream to the Back Bay and downtown for The Parade.
With some more cars coming in from the CRRC assembly plant in Springfield, the T can now run a longer test train of the new cars - so maybe they're still on track to get at least one of the trains in service by the end of this year. Ari Ofsevit watched it bound through Assembly last night.
Lori Magno also spotted the train - and was able to see it filled with sandbags. Read more.
Those new Orange Line cars can't get here soon enough: Amy Bucher reports some seats in car 01311 had enough water in them from ceiling leaks they should have had signs warning parents to keep toddlers away so they don't drown. The ads on the wall were all wrinkly from water draining down across them. And, she added shortly after 10 a.m., on the train between Community College and North Station:
In fact there's water dripping on me as I type this!
The MBTA reports delays on the Orange Line due to "a train with a door problem" at Jackson Square.
The MBTA reports it's managed to get rid of the dead train at Broadway outbound but that residual delays of up to 10 minutes persist.
Transit Police report that around 7:40 p.m., a man "intentionally entered onto the right of way" at Green Street as an outbound Orange Line was approaching. The train hit and killed him, police say.
The MBTA had shuttle buses running between Jackson Square and Forest Hills during the investigation.
Around 2:30 p.m., the T was reporting delays of up to 20 minutes on the Orange Line due to an outbound train with "a mechanical problem" near Malden Center bad enough to have the train after it called up to push it to Oak Grove.
This is smoke billowing out of MBTA tunnel from Andrew. pic.twitter.com/nFa0Kga12p
— Kyle Thomas (@khemingway) October 25, 2018
The Red Line outbound is dead at Andrew Square due to what the T is calling a "power problem" - dead enough to try to get shuttle buses running between Park Street and Ashmont.
Thomas reports he was on the last car of a train around 11 p.m.:
We were evacuated in a hurry by an official who said the train was on fire, then corrected himself by saying there was a fire in front of the train.
Boston firefighters reported a fire near the tracks off Von Hillern Street.
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