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Green Line shut in Back Bay

Smoldering cable forces evacuation

After a smoldering cable caused the Back Bay stretch of the Green Line to shut down for hours during Wednesday’s morning rush hour, forcing thousands of riders to wait for shuttle buses in the bitter cold, some officials are pointing to the transportation debacle as evidence that the MBTA needs the increased funding that would come with Governor Deval Patrick’s proposed tax hikes.

Service on the line was shut down from about 8 a.m. to shortly before 11 a.m. A smoldering cable, about the diameter of a paper coffee cup, had begun to fray with age. Single-­digit temperatures put extra stress on the wiring, which began to smoke as the rubber insulation melted.

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