It had been awhile since we had a really good Red Line delay

Crowded Red Line platform at Park Street

Where's Waldo? Not getting on the Red Line at Park Street, that's for sure. Photo by Shumita Basu.

The T's now acknowledging that a dead train at JFK/UMass means "severe" delays. As in 30 and 45-minute delays.

UPDATE, 5:30 p.m. Problems persist - The Braintree-bound are being told to take any train they can jam into to JFK for a shuttle bus.

At South Station, Kate Birney reports:

just got pulled off braintree to alewife & routed to an ashmont car that’s not moving!

Erica Mattison adds:

Chaotic, packed Braintree Red Line becomes chaotic, packed Ashmont train. "Ugh" by conductor on loudspeaker says it all.

Mark Sauter advises:

Passengers close to rioting.

Jeremy Ackman captured the scene at JFK/UMass around 5:45 p.m.:

JFK  station



Free tagging: 


Red Curse

Imagine how blessed we would feel if trouble in the tunnel only occurred every 28 days, rather than so frequently and unpredictable in severity and duration.


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I feel like I'm missing something on that guy's comment. Can you explain?

OMG - I'm so dense

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I can't believe it took me half a day to understand that comment. I should hand in my woman card immediately. Since this is a family show, I will keep the jokes running through my head to myself.

My name is Nancy and I upvoted this comment.

What Are You Saying?

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That T Police on the Blue Line caused a delay on the Red Line? Or that they should stop what they're doing at Aquarium to push a train into Park?

That if the same amount of

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That if the same amount of money thrown at ineffective countermeasures against the terrorist bogeyman were spent on, you know, infrastructure, we wouldn't have daily breakdowns of 40-year-old subway cars.

But clearly my sarcasm escaped you.

I think he's saying that if

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I think he's saying that if the T police could be trained to repair trains the T would run better.

Holy Crap

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Delays of this magnitude should be unacceptable, not commonplace.


Like, we should keep trolling Romney and all the other idiots with too much money and not enough attention on this. Then, have some kind of ceremony where we invite them to announce their plans to the public, then we just throw pies at them.

As for the Red Line, SHUT IT DOWN. Gordon Ramsay wouldn't abide this if he were in charge. Tell everybody to use their fare money to buy a Smart Car and build a dozen parking garages for them. Disabled folks can take Uber, with a private contractor providing a service previously offered by the government.

Better yet, offer every big employer downtown a tax break for letting their employees work X hours a year at home.

Commuter rail as alternative

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I know this comment is a bit late, but, if anyone is headed to JFK, Quincy Center or Braintree, checking the CR schedule might be a good idea...

Did anyone try that, have anything to report?

I tried looking at the

I tried looking at the commuter rail to go inbound from Quincy Center shortly after 4:30. There was an inbound from Greenbush at 4:28, but after that nada until later in the evening.

Oh, inbound would be screwed

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Old Colony is single tracked for several miles in Boston, so it's real tricky to squeeze a reverse-peak direction trip in during the rush.

The MBTA should make announcements

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They should contain the address, phone, e-mail, and website for state senator Stan Rosenberg.

He of the "why should western mass "subsidize" the MBTA?". Go to his office, and demand that his bullshit dump on the T be fixed ... and then go to your state Senator's office and demand that any and all highway funds for Western MA be held up until the T debt is fixed.

This asshole needs to pay for his handiwork.

Braintree line only running to and from JFK at 10:00pm

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Ashmont only trains running southbound from park, DTX, etc . All Braintree branch passengers had to get off at JFK and go over to Braintree platform.
Conductor said problem would be fixed my am commute.

Good Lord