Red Line shut by trash fire, but at least it wasn't cows
Power was shut off to the Red Line this afternoon as Boston firefighters investigated burning trash on the tracks near Broadway station.
Meanwhile, for all the problems on the T, riders are unlikely to be delayed due to cows, unlike out in Amherst:
MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo forwarded the photo and this account:
Friday, August 12 at 6:45 AM the UMass Transit Services Belchertown Center bus was delayed by a small herd of cows that had wandered into the street. The delay occurred on Old Amherst Rd. in Belchertown. The bus stopped about 60 feet from the cows initially. A pedestrian walking a dog drew the cows interest and caused the pedestrian and dog to run away. The cows then marched down the street and confronted the bus, standing about 10 feet from the bus, lining up across the road, facing the bus. The driver was instructed to honk at the cows (which got them moving). She honked again, and the cows slowly moved back down the street and into the woods. The driver then continued on her way. The whole incident lasted about ten minutes.
Peasturo said he has not heard of any cow-related delays on T routes, but cautioned if you had asked him a year or so ago about snakes, he probably wouldn't have thought snakes on a train were possible, either
Speaking of Penelope, Pesaturo reports that after sending her owner a second bill for a $650 cleanup, the T has turned the matter over to a collection agency.