Red Line

By - 10/8/15 - 5:25 pm
Kicked off the Red Line at Broadway

As David Finnerty shows us at Broadway, people were told to exit their Red Line trains, since they could no longer run due to some sort of track issue at JFK/UMass.

The T is now sending Braintree trains to Ashmont, where shuttle buses are supposed to take riders to North Quincy.

By - 10/2/15 - 4:21 pm
Crowded Red Line platform at Downtown Crossing

Signal problems at Park Street are causing "moderate" delays in both directions on the Red Line this afternoon. Or as MikeAtlas, at Downtown Crossing, tags it:

#salmonspawn #cattleherd

By - 9/30/15 - 4:45 pm
Crowds at Park Street on the Red Line

5:50 p.m.: Residual delays meant throngs long after service resumed. Park Street photo by William Engels.

UPDATE, 5:10 p.m Trains began rolling again.

It's rarely a good sign when the fire department shows up at a T stop, and this afternoon will not be the exception that proves that rule. A track fire about 20 feet inbound from Broadway station shortly after 4 p.m. brought firefighters to the platform and a shutdown of electrical service so they could take care of business.

The result was "severe" delays on the Red Line, again.

By - 9/30/15 - 10:24 am

The T is reporting the feared "severe" delays on the Red Line inbound due to a dead train at Central - a train that may be dead because shortly before 10 a.m., a passenger tried rushing through closing doors, which got stuck on his bag, and he couldn't get it out, so he pulled the emergency brake.

By - 9/30/15 - 7:25 am

The exigencies of another day at work caused a Red Line train to take an eternal rest near Alewife and an Orange Line train to take a ride with the Grim Reaper at Downtown Crossing between 7 and 7:30 a.m.

By - 9/27/15 - 11:42 am
Struggling to get out of Park Street

A concerned citizen complains:

Rotating gate at park street that facilates the exit from inside the subway to the outside. It's extremely hard to push it. Elders and many others will not be able to push it. Needs to be fixed. Citizen here in action!! ;)

By - 9/24/15 - 7:41 am
Crowded Park Street platforms on the Red Line

Park Street under the weather. Photo by Johnmcboston.

UPDATE, 9:55 a.m. The problems and delays continue.

The governor said yesterday the Red Line's resilient enough for this coming winter, but he didn't say anything about this morning's commute, which first came to a halt around 6:30 a.m. because an inbound train went express to Valhalla near Kendall, then, later, because the signals at Alewife decided they were sick of hearing about resiliency and were going to show that Baker guy what they thought about that.

Bill Donuts exclaimed to the T:

Read more.

By - 9/21/15 - 3:19 pm

Updated with info from Transit Police.

Transit Police report a man believed to be in his 50s was hit and killed by a train at the Braintree platform at JFK/UMass.

The man died from his injuries, police say, adding that while an investigation is underway, foul play is not suspected. The Dorchester Reporter reports he jumped.

Extricating the man and investigating the incident halted Red Line service to Braintree; passengers crowded outside stations waiting for shuttle buses; some were able to get on South Shore-bound commuter-rail trains.what

By - 9/10/15 - 5:53 pm
Man in his own chair on the Red Line

Bring your own, as Shockey shows us.

In a pinch, you can also use a Red Line car as a place to catch a few winks: Read more.

By - 9/1/15 - 6:37 pm
Stationary train at Central Square on the MBTA

The Central stationary train. Photo by Brony Sanders.

Delays on the Red Line quickly went to "severe" when the Cambridge Fire Department ordered service halted to determine why several people came out of an inbound train coughing. After about ten minutes, firefighters could find nothing wrong and let service resume.

Ironically, just this morning, Transit Police and several other agencies held an exercise at the T's emergency training center on how to deal with a chemical release in a subway station.

By - 8/24/15 - 7:35 pm

Round about 6:30 p.m., a train bit the big one at South Station, causing the kind of sweaty mess riders haven't seen since Friday's track fire.

By - 8/23/15 - 10:39 am

WCVB has video taken by one Red Line rider of a second rider grabbing a third rider's phone and punching him in the face for videoing him being a drunken asshole to all the other riders in their car hurtling through Quincy Friday night.

By - 8/21/15 - 5:20 pm
The scene at South Station

The scene outside South Station. Photo by Ross Chanowski.

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. Trains running again. UPDATE: 6:02 p.m. Fire declared out, firefighters packing up.

An insulated cable that erupted into flames shortly after 5 p.m. south of South Station shut Red Line service in both directions between JFK/UMass and Park Street and forced the driver of one outbound train to reverse direction and head back to South Station. Read more.

By - 8/17/15 - 1:56 pm

The T is currently advising of "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to a recalcitrant switch in Braintree.

By - 8/14/15 - 5:56 pm
Dead train at JFK/UMass

Tense scene at JFK/UMass where doors refused to open. Photo by Angel.

A Braintree train pulled into JFK/UMass and then just sat there because the doors refused to open. Finally, workers figured out how to get people off the train.

Meanwhile, Josh Jacobs reports from a daisy-pushing trolley just past Longwood on the Riverside Line:

This ride on D line trolley 3603 is The Braking of the Riverside 1-0-3 (A.M. at this rate).

OK now someone playing Star Trek opening theme and totally trolling.

By - 8/6/15 - 5:17 pm

The MBTA reports it's taken delivery on 1,100 linear feet of brand spankin' new third rail that it will use to replace older, more brittle third rail on the Red Line later this month, as part of its program to make the T better able to withstand the sort of winters we've been known to get in New England.

"Replacing aging third rail with new rail makes the subway less vulnerable to power-related issues," a spokesman says.

By - 8/6/15 - 8:04 am
Dead train at Kendall Square

Richard Rininger shows us the scene at Kendall around 7:40 a.m., when a Braintree train gasped its last:

Train broken at Kendall, everyone told to get off.

By - 8/3/15 - 7:20 pm

The T reports "moderate" Red Line delays outbound due to a toasted switch at JFK, and by "moderate," they mean you don't have to abandon all faith just yet, but get ready to.

By - 8/2/15 - 1:21 pm
Wanted for Kendall Square indecent assault

Photo via Cambridge PD.

Cambridge Police report a woman exiting the Kendall Square Red Line station around 7:20 a.m. yesterday was approached by a man who, after a brief conversation, "grabbed the woman's buttocks."

The female yelled then punched the suspect in the face. This seemed to startle the male who then walked away.

He's described as black, medium build with dreadlocks and wearing a red shirt and black pants.

By - 7/23/15 - 9:18 am

Craig Wright reports on an incident on the inbound platform on the Red Line at South Station around 9 a.m.:

Woman hit older woman with iced coffee, then dumped on her head because she was "intentionally blocking her."

I guess from boarding the train? Who knows! To the older woman's credit - she just pretty much laughed it off.

The coffee dumper then walked away, he said.