Wednesday Morning Commute Snarled by Pair of T Problems

An electrical problem on the Green Line and a disabled train on the Red line have tied up the morning commute and forced a partial service shutdown during one of the coldest days of the year.

Two separate incidents have troubled Wednesday morning's subway commute. 

An electrical problem at the Arlington station has shut Green line service at different points for each branch of the line. Inbound service on the B branch ends at Blandford Street, the C and D branches end at Kenmore and all E branch service is suspended. 

For the B, C and D branches, bus shuttles will ferry riders inbound to Government Center. For E branch riders, the MBTA recommends they take the 39 bus instead.

According to the Boston Fire Department, the trouble started around 8 a.m. when smoke from an electrical line forced officials to power down and evacuate Arlington and Copley stations. 

By 10 a.m., the MBTA was able to isloate the problem cable. 

Meanwhile, a disabled train on the Red Line has delayed service between JKF/UMass and Park Street, according to the MBTA website.

Commuters stranded in the cold took to social media to voice their displeasure.

"The #MBTA should pay reparations for the freezing walk I just took from Kenmore to my office. 100's at Kenmore waiting for buses #fail," wrote @SamIamantha.

"Looks like I'll be adding an extra hour or so to my commute since all boston trains are boycotting work today. #mbta #fb#gonnabesocold," wrote @EMongrello.

"Seems like the public transportation apocolypse here in #Boston this morning...working from home until the#MBTA can get it together..." wrote @aks106.

Matthew January 23, 2013 at 07:26 PM
The MBTA should "pay reparations"? I'm no fan of MBTA management, but this individual's comment shows just how bratty and entitled our society is. Boo hoo, you had to walk. You survived, and the MBTA does not owe you "reparations". I walk almost two miles to work everyday, rain or shine, cold or hot.
TheMaskedTruthsayer January 23, 2013 at 07:59 PM
These sound like the same people the cameras catch boarding the busses and trains AFTER the crash, looking for a nuisance lawsuit. I'm in no way a fan of the T but this is just nuts.


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