Train comes to sudden stop; riders grow tired of this kind of flop

A Red Line train figured out how to go six feet under on the inbound side of the Longfellow shortly before 9.

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    I heard several alerts

    These are the alerts that the MBTA was pedaling: a medical emergency at South Station, a medical emergency at Kendall Sq, a disabled train at Charles/MGH, and a disabled train at Porter Sq. All at the same time. Which were right (or if all were right) is anybody's guess, because you can't even take any of these alerts for their word. There's no consistency.

    I'm pretty sure that at the very least, the Charles/MGH disabled train was legit.

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    I was on the Charles/MGH

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    I was on the Charles/MGH disabled train, and it was indeed disabled, so I can at least vouch for that excuse. Boarded just before 8:45 at Central, slogged through Kendall, and stopped abruptly just a tiny way up the bridge, where we sat for about 15 minutes before hearing anything from the operator, then sat for about another 15 minutes before we moved.

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    I *tried* to board at 8:45

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    but couldn't squeeze on the first two trains that came by. Sooooo sad that our "flex" time got less flexible. arriving downtown at 10 is infinitely easier than arriving at 9.

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    Ditto

    I was on the car next to a woman who was having a claustrophhobic freak-out. Taking the T must be a constant source of joy for her.

    Hopefully not a regular thing

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    I had one of those on the red line once. I don't normally have a problem at all, including actual confined spaces (caves, steam tunnels, etc) but for some reason, being stuck in a red line car on the Longfellow between Kendall and Charles/MGH, I started to feel lightheaded and panicky. I asked the person in front of me if I could have her seat. She took one look at me and got right up. The people around me were very helpful and gave me a little space. Once we finally pulled into Charles, I got off and decided to walk the rest of the way to work. That was about 20 years ago and it hasn't happened since.

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    After taking 30 minutes to

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    After taking 30 minutes to get from ashmont to JFK this morning, the conductor announced a red line trifecta - 2 medical emergencies and a disabled train. Once again, wishing I drove in.

    Last Thursday, I got off the trolley at Ashmont, heard the announcement of severe delays and the next train (at rush hour) not leaving for 20+ minutes....so i promptly took the trolley back to my car and drove in town instead. The red line is worse than broken at this point.

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    Driving In

    Well, why not find one or two other people to split the parking costs and gain you HOV lane use and see what happens?

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    It doesn't help that the

    It doesn't help that the design of the zipper lane sucks. A single accident backs up the whole thing. It would have made a lot more sense to do what they do in tons of other cities and have two (or more) lanes in the middle of the highway that can be rearranged to flow in either direction by moving a few sawhorses. Then it would take a *little* more effort to block the whole thing completely. The total cost of reconstructing the expressway in that configuration would probably have been less than the cost of buying and maintaining the zipper trucks all these years, but I assume that someone knew someone who had a cousin who could sell them the zipper trucks (and the special custom Jersey barriers) and here we are.

    I hate the HOV lane--not only

    I hate the HOV lane--not only for the reason that you describe, but if traffic is moving and you're not barreling along at 85, there's some jack*ss on your tail.

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    Wrong Way Buses

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    Ask your grandparents about that adventure.

    Massholes will be massholes, even when they are going the wrong way.

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    No barrier = new problems

    Now that they have taken down the barrier on the I-93 HOV lane north of the city, there is a constant threat of some asshole hurtling into the lane from the traffic jam because he or she is too special to organize a car pool or wait his or her turn.

    I mean, it was damn funny when one of these special upscale car persons did so such that an unmarked state trooper SUV had to brake hard, but it more often results in brake slamming, horn honking shitfest

    If they had a bi directional HOV lane on 93 south of the city? You better believe that it would be a week at most before somebody exited the backup and plowed head on into another vehicle.

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    When I've seen it other

    When I've seen it other cities, the HOV is separated by (regular) Jersey barriers from the regular traffic lanes, so there's no way anybody is cutting over. The only way in or out is at the two ends. Seems like (as in London, where they put metal railings up to keep people from crossing the street between crosswalks), they prefer to rely on physical objects rather than their citizens' innate respect for the law to keep traffic flowing.

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    ADAM

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    They should either close up shop or hire a cop because when they stop people could drop.

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    Earlier train

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    I was on a train going through there at 8:20 or so, and it was proceeding awfully strangely on the uphill piece of the bridge. It was jerking forward and then release, forward, release, rather violently.

    Related?

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    Probably,

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    ..I was on it at like 7:30 and it was doing stall routines as it climbed out of the tunnel.

    Another disabled train

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    Another disabled train somewhere between Harvard and Charles this afyernoon. currently Sitting at Harvard 'standing by' packed into a waiting train behind it

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