Commuters Frustrated By MBTA Delays
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SILVER CAR, POSSIBLY WITH FOUR DOORS. THEY ARE REVIEWING SURVEILLANCE VIDEO FROM NEIGHBORING DORMS BUT DO NOT BELIEVE THERE IS A PRESENT DANGER ON CAMPUS ANY LONGER. LIVE IN AMHERST, JULIE LONCICH, WBZ NEWS. TROUBLE ON THE TRACKS. SIGNAL PROBLEMS CANCELING COMMUTER TRAINS IN AND OUT OF SOUTH STATION FORCING THOUSANDS TO FIND OTHER WAYS TO WORK AND TO HOME. PEOPLE DELAYED FOR HOURS. CONFUSING, SLOW, FRUSTRATING. TONIGHT, THAT SIGNAL PROBLEM IS NOT FIX. THE T ALREADY WARNING RIDERS OF A ROUGH START TO THE MORNING. MANY FRUSTRATED AS THE QUEUE METER OPERATOR KILLED OVER. MANY ARE BLAMING AMTRAK. THEY OPERATE AND MAINTAIN THAT STRETCH OF REAL. EITHER WAY, THE MORNING RUSH IS GOING TO BE HECTIC. WBZ’S KEN MacLEOD IS AT THE SOUTH STATION WHERE HE IS GATHERING INFORMATION ABOUT WHERE THE REPAIRS STAND. Reporter: PAULA, FOR MANY COMMUTERS, THIS IS WHERE THE TRAIN RIDE UNEXPECTEDLY ENDED THIS MORNING. LIKEWISE, THIS IS WHERE THE COMMUTE HOME BEGAN. I GUESS WE COULD CALL THAT PLAN B. CHECK OUT THE BOARD HERE. YOU CAN SEE THE NEXT THREE COMMUTER TRAINS OUT OF HERE. THEY ARE IN GREEN, ALL DELAYED. NO SURPRISE THERE. THE AMTRAK SIGNAL PROBLEM THAT PARALYZED SOUTH STATION IS NOT FIXED AND THERE IS APPARENTLY NO TIMETABLE FOR WHEN IT WILL BE. AS T WORKERS PARKED AT THE DETAILS OF TONIGHT’S MAKESHIFT COMMUTE, SOME IN THE SWARM OF TRAIN RIDERS WERE WILL BLOW ON PATIENTS. I JUST HATE IT. I HATE IT. IS A TAXI WASN’T $30 A DAY I WOULD DRIVE EVERY DAY. Reporter: THIS IS PART OF AN EFFORT TO GIVE FOLKS AWAY FROM A SOMEWHAT CRIPPLED SOUTH STATION WHERE WORKERS WERE STRUGGLING FOR A FIXED TONIGHT. I’M INCREDIBLY FRUSTRATED ABOUT THIS. Reporter: PROSTRATED BECAUSE THE PREDAWN MALFUNCTION OF AN AMTRAK SIGNAL MEANT THAT COMMUTER TRAINS HAD TO BE GUIDED INTO THE SPAGHETTI JUNCTION BY HAND. SOME MADE IT, BUT MOST DUMPSTER PASSENGERS A STOP OR TWO AWAY. FOR A BUS, PROBABLY, OR CAB RIDE AWAY TO WORK THAT MADE THEM AN HOUR OR TWO LATE, WHILE AMTRAK MADE NO PROMISES. WHAT THEY TOLD US RIGHT NOW IS THEY DO NOT KNOW WHEN THIS IS GOING TO BE FIXED. Reporter: THE T WEBSITE DIRECTED EVENING COMMUTERS TO FIVE OTHER STATIONS AND TRY TO STRING TOGETHER ENOUGH TRAINED TO GET THEM HOME. THERE WAITING FOR AN ANNOUNCEMENT OVER THE LOUDSPEAKER THAT IS NOT GOING TO COME. WHAT DO YOU DO? WEIGHT. Reporter: AND WEIGHT THEY DID. IN FACT, SOME FOLKS BOARDED TRAINS ONLY TO SET ANOTHER HALF HOUR WHILE THE T HUNDRED DOWN SOMEONE TO DRIVE IT. THIS WOMAN’S LOOK OF EXASPERATION SPOKE VOLUMES. I DON’T KNOW. I’M JUST TIRED OF IT. JUST TIRED. Reporter: SO, THE CHANCES ARE PRETTY GOOD YOUR TRAIN WILL NOT TAKE YOU ALL THE WAY TO THE SOUTH STATION TOMORROW MORNING. CHECK WWW.MBTA.COM, THEY’VE GOT A CHART UNDER THAT WILL SHOW YOU WHERE YOUR TRAIN IS GOING TO KICK YOU OUT AND ARGUMENT

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