On Saturday morning, officials will run an exercise at Alewife station to simulate what happens when a Red Line train stops in a tunnel and the tunnel and T stop start filling with smoke, Cambridge Police report. Read more.
The MBTA is reporting delays on both the Red and Orange lines due to track problems on both lines near Downtown Crossing.
UPDATE, 10:20 p.m. Red Line service was supposedly back to normal.
A touch of a trash fire on the Red Line tracks tonight. Quickly brought under control, but you know how that causes cascading delays up and down the line. Boston firefighters returned control of the tracks to the T around 8:50 p.m., but that brought no relief to riders because the train that may have caused the problem was stuck at Downtown Crossing. Instead, the T began corralling buses to shuttle riders between Park Street and JFK in both directions. Read more.
Around 4:25 p.m., the T advised Red Line riders:
Delays due to Vice Presidential motorcade
More specifically, due to the motorcade passing by the junction at JFK/UMass (what, you thought we meant this junction?).
The BWSC's rain tally-o-matic shows Matthew-inspired precip levels for yesterday that range from 1.85 inches in subtropical Hyde Park and Adams Street in Dorchester to 1.49 inches in the Longwood Medical Area and Allston.
Of course, that rain has to go somewhere - like, oh, the Park Street Red Line platform.
The T is reporting the dreaded severe delays on the Red Line inbound due to a train whose poor heart gave out at Andrew.
A deceased trolley near Boylston is playing hob with the Green Line (an hour or so after another trolley flatlined on the E Line); a train is pushing up daisies at Alewife on the Red Line.
Somebody got his hand stuck in a Red Line door at Central, somebody else pulled the emergency cord and, boom, instant delays that led to people piling up at stations up and down the line as T workers set about opening the door and re-setting the brake, or whatever it is they do after somebody pulls that cord. At least we know it works.
The MBTA reports the usual "severe" delays on the Red Line inbound from Braintree this morning, due to the usual deceased train.
The MBTA reports "moderate" delays due to a little Red Line train that couldn't, just before Wollaston.
The Boston Business Journal reports T officials are musing aloud about how wonderful it would be if they could replace all the cars on the Red Line with new cars with better brakes, which would let them run trains more often. No cost estimates yet, and, of course, we won't even start seeing the new cars already on order until 2019, if everything goes according to schedule.
Octr202 took some time out of this morning's rush to enjoy the fountains at the Alewife T stop.
And shuttle buses went around the Red Line station at the start of the morning rush hour until police determined the bag was not dangerous.
On the Red Line, giddy up and go is now giddy up and went as riders pour into stations, where they are forced to just stand there due to a train that died at Central Square around 5 p.m. At 5:41, Kathleen Mulligan reported:
Literally approaching an hr into my commute to go from kendall to park.. 2 stops
Won't it be grand when the T finally gets those new Red Line trains that shouldn't break as much? Maybe in our lifetimes?
Rumor has it Adele is going to do an impromptu concert there. Transit Police say the rumor is false:
Adele is NOT showing up to Quincy T station. She is playing at TD Garden only.
Workers have dragged a dead Red Line train out of Porter Square, but the line is still experiencing "moderate" delays as a result, the T says.
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