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Buses provide warm refuge for Green Line commuters

After a fire shut down the Green Line, commuters were forced into the frigid temperatures as they took shuttle buses.

SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF

After a fire shut down the Green Line, commuters were forced into the frigid temperatures as they took shuttle buses.

With service stopped on the Green Line in this morning’s bitter cold due to a smoldering cable in a tunnel, commuters at Copley Station were directed to hop on a steady stream of buses headed inbound and outbound, some displaying “GREEN LINE”’ on their electronic signs.

At both Arlington and Copley stations, buses arrived several times per minute, often stacked one behind another in traffic. Commuters rushed out, some breaking into a jog as they set foot on the pavement, and sped off for their destination. Few felt chatty about the delay to their commute.

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“I’m so sorry,” said one woman, asked to talk about her experiences on the shuttle bus. “You can’t imagine how late I am.”

An MBTA Transit Police officer, asked how people had been taking the news that their commute was waylaid, started to answer when two women walked up to him, demanding to know what was wrong with the trains. After explaining that they would need to step onto the shuttle waiting nearby, the two women groaned dramatically before hustling toward the open door of the bus.

“How are they taking the news?” he repeated. “Like that, generally.”

At about 11:10 a.m., the doors to Copley Station were once again opened, and riders shuffled inside.

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