Public transportation nearly ground to a halt in and around Boston on Friday, with MBTA, Amtrak, and intercity bus service canceled, taxi service suspended for a few hours in the morning, and numerous flight delays at Logan International Airport as authorities conducted a massive manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
The MBTA canceled its trains and buses early Friday morning. All Amtrak and bus service at South Station was also suspended. Passengers who had already purchased tickets were being offered refunds or vouchers.
“The building is locked down. There’s nobody coming in, going out,” said Stephen Squibb, bus manager at South Station. “Everything has been canceled completely.”
Planes were still taking off and landing at Logan, with only a handful of cancellations, but about a third of the flights were experiencing delays. Many airlines, including JetBlue Airways, American Airlines, US Airways, and United Airlines, waived change fees for passengers scheduled to fly in or out of Boston on Friday.
Security has been heightened at the airport since Monday, when two explosives killed three people and injured more than 170, but security lines were short in Terminals B and C early Friday afternoon. Transportation Security Administration passengers checks did not appear to be out of the normal.
Taxis continued to pick up and drop off passengers throughout the morning, despite the temporary ban on taxi service in Boston. In fact, cabs outnumbered waiting customers at several taxi stands at the airport.