Ari Ofsevit takes a look at the state's shelved plans to extend the Blue Line 1,300 feet to Charles/MGH and explains how the state screwed up all the cost estimates by proposing ridiculous construction techniques just because they don't feel like building the thing.
Firefighters had to foam down a smoking Red Line on the Longfellow Bridge just past Charles/MGH around 6 p.m. Gabriel Fishman, who captured the scene just as firefighters arrived, reports they made short work of whatever the problem was and that service seemed to start up not long after.
Around 6 p.m., the outbound platform at Charles/MGH looked pretty much the same right after a train pulled out as it did before. As Lindsay Devers reports, the train was so crowded nobody could get on it.
Elsewhere? At least people waiting for trains out of South Station were inside. Ditto for North Station, where Ben Higgins snapped the departure list:
Not long after 6 p.m., the Red Line did what it does so well: Fail. Specifically, a train got to the Longfellow Bridge, looked down and grew so terrified it would fall in the river, or something, that it just died right there, as Devin Cole shows us:
Firefighters responded to Charles/MGH around 10:15 a.m. for a fire that started in the wheel assembly of an inbound car on a Red Line train. They made short work of the fire, but, of course, that meant "severe" delays - as well as smoke in Kendall station.
Around 10:40 a.m., the train was pushed into the station for inspection before being pushed to the Cabot train yard in South Boston.
So there's a defunct train at Charles/MGH. Or maybe it's the train that was offloaded at Kendall. Whatevs, the Red Line is a hot rush-hour mess this evening.
UPDATE: By 6:12, trains were slowly running again, but the problem was they were running so full that people on platforms couldn't get in, given that we don't have any of those Tokyo pushers around here, as Stephanie B. and "A very grateful pedestrian" show us:
A woman's screams from one end of the outbound Charles/MGH platform got the attention of other people waiting for the train shortly before 9:30 this morning - and some of them started running after the guy who'd just grabbed her purse. Sarah Connors reports: