Red Line

By - 1/23/15 - 9:37 am
Central Square crush on the MBTA Red Line

Bill Palin shows us the scene at Central Square around 9:30 a.m., as passengers wonder if they'll ever get to their destinations due to a train that went to its final destination at Harvard Square.

Coupled with a dead trolley on the Green Line, the Orange Line problems and inexplicably overpacked Blue Line trains, it was a rare superfecta on the T... Read more

By - 1/22/15 - 9:14 am
Keytar Bear in Davis Square Red Line station, Somerville

Politeness Points spotted Keytar Bear on the Davis Square Red Line platform this morning.

By - 1/21/15 - 5:32 pm

A 16-year-old already facing armed robbery and kidnapping charges for two incidents on Jan. 13 was arraigned yesterday on new charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and indecent assault and battery for incidents on Jan. 11 and 13, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The teen, not named because of his age, had his bail increased from $1 million to $2 million due to the... Read more

By - 1/21/15 - 2:35 pm

Hyundai Rotem, the South Korean company that started delivering commuter-rail trains 2 1/2 years late, is suing the state for awarding the contract to build new Red and Orange Line trains.

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Hyundai Rotem alleges winning bidder CNR shmoozed then Gov. Patrick and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey at a secret meeting in Hong... Read more

By - 1/14/15 - 7:00 pm

A 16-year-old, apparently from Lancaster, was arraigned in Suffolk County Juvenile Court today on charges of armed and masked robbery, assault and battery, and attempted kidnapping for a Tuesday incident on the Red Line between JFK/UMass and Andrew stations and kidnapping and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for a Monday incident in the area of Fields Corner, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office... Read more

By - 1/12/15 - 5:44 pm

File this under: Kids, don't try this at home - or when Transit Police are around, or, at all:

By - 1/9/15 - 6:21 pm

Oh, hey, it's Friday rush hour, so naturally a Red Line train got out a couple of old tokens to pay the ferryman, down at JFK/UMass, and now the entire line has slowed to a crawl and riders are grumbling the inevitable cracks about imagining what service will be like during the Olympics.

By - 12/17/14 - 8:19 am
Savin Hill on the Red Line at sunrise

Frankie P. says "good morning" from the Savin Hill T stop.

By - 12/12/14 - 6:37 pm
dummy's head on the Red Line

H gives us a head's up on the situation on the Red Line.

Meanwhile, Dana Busch wonders where the car is that left a hub cap on the platform at Porter Square.

By - 12/4/14 - 8:25 pm
Dog in tutu on the Red Line

Crystal Valencia spotted this Chihuahua/Jack Terrier mix on the Red Line's Ashmont branch tonight.

By - 12/2/14 - 8:06 am
On track on the Red Line

Peering inbound from South Station on the Red Line.

By - 11/29/14 - 4:25 pm

WCVB reports a trash fire on the Red Line around 2:30 p.m. was quickly put out by a T employee with a fire extinguisher, but, of course, delays on the Red Line persisted long beyond that, and people on incoming commuter-rail trains also had issues.

At 3:18 p.m., Jenna reported:

MBTA train to Boston from Providence now delayed 25 minutes. Starving passengers searching

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By - 11/26/14 - 5:37 am

UPDATE: The T reported at 8:23 a.m. that normal service was resuming, well, normal, but with residual delays, of course.

The T is running buses instead of trains between Alewife and Harvard Square this morning because of a dead maintenance vehicle on the tracks just south of Porter.

Crews are on scene, working to get the maintenance equipment off of the main line.

... Read more
By - 11/17/14 - 5:46 pm
Silver Line crowding

Packing them in at a Silver Line stop. Photo by Martin Zero.

Problems on the Red and Green lines mean crankytime for evening T commuters. Christie F. gives us a taste:

35 minutes ago my train pulled out of Lechmere. We still haven't reached Haymarket.

Southbound Red Line service has yet to reach standstill proportions, but that's of little solace to people jammed onto platforms who can't even sardine themselves into trains.... Read more

By - 11/17/14 - 9:55 am

Witts and Snyder.

Two homeless people will be arraigned today on charges they brutally attacked a T worker - even ripping hair out of his scalp - when he tried to usher them out of the Downtown Crossing station early Sunday.

When Transit Police arrived around 3:30 a.m., the inspector was "bleeding profusely" from the nose and had numerous bruises on his face, according to a police report.... Read more

By - 11/14/14 - 7:53 pm
Huge crowds at Kendall Square on the Red Line

Kendall Square, 6:20 p.m. Photo by Mark.

Not long after 6 p.m., the Red Line did what it does so well: Fail. Specifically, a train got to the Longfellow Bridge, looked down and grew so terrified it would fall in the river, or something, that it just died right there, as Devin Cole shows us:

The driver somehow managed to coax the... Read more

By - 11/8/14 - 9:34 am
Arrested

Transit Police report the man wanted for stealing the phone of a woman who died when hit by a Red Line train Thursday night is in custody this morning.

Transit Police say Josue Gonzalez, 26, of Brockton, turned himself in at their Southampton Street headquarters around 9:30 p.m. yesterday - and that they have the woman's phone.

He is scheduled for arraignment on... Read more

By - 11/7/14 - 2:27 pm
Downtown Crossing jerk

Surveillance photo via Transit Police.

UPDATE: Suspect turned self in.

Transit Police say that as a woman lay dying under a Red Line train at Downtown Crossing last night, a guy who watched her jump in front of the train proceeded to steal her phone, which had landed on the platform:

At this time the male depicted within, who we believed observed the incident, walked over to

... Read more
By - 11/6/14 - 10:10 pm

Happened around 9:50 p.m.

KidAtlantic reports he was on the train:

Calm and collected from MBTA personnel while evacuating the train at DC. Passengers shocked on platform to learn woman was struck.

Woman on platform upon exiting says she saw another woman standing on the yellow line as the train approached.

Power was shut so firefighters could extricate her body.

The T... Read more

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