BOSTON (AP) — A smoldering cable in Boston’s subway system prompted a more than two-hour power shutdown that forced between 1,000 and 1,500 commuters riding trolleys between stations to walk through tunnels to exit the system.
MBTA officials say firefighters responded to reports of smoke from an electric box about 100 feet outside Arlington Street station around 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The T shut off power around 8:30 a.m. and employees escorted Green Line riders on four two-car trolleys through tunnels to the nearest stations.
MBTA general manager Beverly Scott says 70 buses were diverted to shuttle passengers to their destinations and full trolley service resumed at 10:55 a.m.
Scott calls the situation unfortunate and says a power cable overloaded because of a combination of cold temperatures and the age of the system.
No injuries were reported.