Reports of smoke on the Downtown Crossing station triggered large disruptions to the MBTA’s core subway system, shutting down greater than a dozen stops on a day when the morning commute was already snarled by winter climate.
Shuttle buses changed Red Line and Orange Line service at greater than a dozen stops within the space Tuesday morning. Stretches of the Green Line in the identical space had been additionally offline for a multi-day, pre-planned closure.
The T reported the smoke at 8:22 a.m. Tuesday, as issues started for commuters coming back from a vacation weekend. At 8:36 a.m., the T stated on X that passengers at JFK/UMass station might use the commuter rail to get to inbound places.
At 8:46 a.m., the T reported that buses had been changing prepare service between JFK/UMass in Dorchester, although Boston, and to Harvard Station in Cambridge “due to an electrical problem at Downtown Crossing.”
“Boston Fire Department and our maintenance personnel are on scene. Updates will be provided,” the T stated.
The issues expanded to the Orange Line shortly after 9:30 a.m. Also citing an “electrical problem at Downtown Crossing,” the MBTA stated on X that shuttle buses changed Orange Line trains between Back Bay and North Station.
Green Line shuttle buses had been prolonged to run between Copley/Back Bay Stations and North Station to accommodate extra passengers, the T stated.
By about 10:45 a.m., the T had introduced that common service had resumed on each the Red and Orange strains, initially with delays.