The Green Line Was an Absolute Disaster This Morning

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St. Mary’s Street. Photo by Kyle Clauss

If you took the Green Line to work Monday morning—or, more accurately, in the general direction of work—you’re likely reading this through a cataract of flop sweat and despair.

Signal problems caused by a power outage crippled the busiest light rail system in the country between Kenmore and Park Street, resulting in “extreme, heavy traffic” that left riders to fend for themselves on the first 90-degree morning commute of the year—a fine time to walk to work. (To be sure, T spokesperson Joe Pesaturo says the delays were not weather-related.)

Riders heading inbound were stranded just before Kenmore, while those already underground were kept at a standstill. Hundreds of straphangers at the C line’s St. Mary’s Street stop were ordered off the train, with no shuttle bus or alternate transportation offered.

“If you can take the bus or any other form of transportation, I highly recommend you get off the train—otherwise you might not get to work today,” one B line driver told passengers.

#MBTA Green Line is up and running after a power problem hurt signals. At least 1 trolley (yes, mine) was at a near standstill for ~50 mins.

— Adam Vaccaro (@adamtvaccaro) June 12, 2017

I just spent over an hour standing on the train in the tunnel of the Green Line @MBTA #Monday

— Alex Munoz (@AlexardMunoz) June 12, 2017

This is what it looks like when the #mbta fails. pic.twitter.com/RY0lldwysn

— Juliana (@attackofthetext) June 12, 2017

Those betting on a ride-hailing service to ferry them the final leg of their journey to work were met with sky-high surge rates, some as high as $45 downtown.

Uber surges to almost $50 as passengers have been stuck on the Green Line for almost an hour. #mbta #publictransportationfail pic.twitter.com/ULPrFn0uX8

— Allison Harvey (@allisonmaeh) June 12, 2017

Earlier Monday morning, a woman reportedly collapsed on an inbound Red Line train at Andrew, causing moderate delays. Regular service resumed around 9.

It’s the EMTs that are taking forever to get here. Not the @MBTA pic.twitter.com/O6ljJvaglF

— James Lau (@james_lau) June 12, 2017

Source URL: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2017/06/12/mbta-green-line-signal-problems/