Red Line

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

By - 11/1/14 - 10:43 am
Stuck Red Line train in Boston

The scene around 10:30. Photo by Stephen Marsden.

Firefighters responded to Charles/MGH around 10:15 a.m. for a fire that started in the wheel assembly of an inbound car on a Red Line train. They made short work of the fire, but, of course, that meant "severe" delays - as well as smoke in Kendall station.

Around 10:40 a.m., the train was pushed into the station for inspection before being pushed to... Read more

By - 10/24/14 - 8:58 am
Christopher Hicks

Transit Police report arresting a Cambridge resident on charges he started an unprovoked attack on a man on a Red Line train, then followed him out of the train into Harvard Square station and punched him in the head.

Christopher Hicks, 26, is scheduled for arraignment today in Cambridge District Court on charges of assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous... Read more

By - 10/23/14 - 6:08 pm

Gianna Maria reports her inbound Red Line train came to a halt around 6 p.m. on the Longfellow to avoid making pate out of a silly goose who refused to move. After about ten minutes, the goose moved out and so did the train.

By - 10/21/14 - 6:57 pm

It was just another one of those evenings where trains became too weary to go any further, leading to the usual extended-version commutes on both the Red and Orange lines.

Then, around 6:30 p.m., an alleged mini punk of 14 or so kicked out a window on a Red Line train approaching Savin Hill station. The driver stopped the train, junior and several friends decided... Read more

By - 10/21/14 - 5:23 pm
Chart showing CNR the cheapest bidder for new MBTA subway trains

Chart by state transportation staff.

CNR

State officials are leaning towards a company owned by the Chinese government to replace aging subway cars with new cars to be assembled in Springfield that will feature wider doors, the ability to carry 15 additional passengers, computerized and LED station announcements and a dramatic jump in reliability, although with the possible loss of fake wood-grain paneling.

Gov. Patrick and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey willl... Read more

By - 10/20/14 - 6:07 pm

If only Boston could win the Olympics, we'd have world-class trains for sure!

By - 10/20/14 - 11:39 am

Transit Police provide a couple examples of alleged dumbassery at two of our major transit hubs:

Shortly after 2 a.m. today, police - and firefighters - responded to South Station because somebody had activated a fire alarm there. Transit Police report officers found Marwin Maurin, 22, of Revere, standing by a closed Red Line entrance:

Maurin informed the officers he set off the fire

... Read more
By - 10/20/14 - 7:53 am
Evil grinning skull at JFK/UMass Red Line stop in Dorchester

Marta C. captured the visage that woke her up at the JFK/UMass Red Line stop this morning.

By - 10/2/14 - 3:46 pm

A Brighton Municipal Court jury yesterday convicted John Biesiot, 36, of Chicago, on 15 counts of vandalism for incidents in 2008 and 2010 that left several T cars tagged up with nom de paint of Wyse, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Judge David Driscoll sentenced Biesiot to a year and a day in the Suffolk County House of Corrections, and will hold a... Read more

By - 9/29/14 - 9:50 am

Meet Tina Lunn, who, at least based on the account provided by Transit Police of her arrest at Quincy Center yesterday, is a few cigarettes short of a full pack.

Smart until proven otherwise.

By - 9/24/14 - 6:02 pm
Red Line train offloaded at Park Street

Outbound Red Line train offloaded at Park. Photo by Chuck Giroux.

So there's a defunct train at Charles/MGH. Or maybe it's the train that was offloaded at Kendall. Whatevs, the Red Line is a hot rush-hour mess this evening.

UPDATE: By 6:12, trains were slowly running again, but the problem was they were running so full that people on platforms couldn't get in, given that we don't have any of those Tokyo pushers around here, as... Read more

By - 9/19/14 - 1:49 pm
Guy with shopping cart on the MBTA's Red Line

Why didn't anybody tell us this was Bring Your Big Stuff on the T Week? As if Comfy Chair Guy, Bowl of Pasta with Grated Parmesan Guy and Motor Scooter Guy weren't enough, let us introduce you to Shopping Cart Guys. Paul Nutting spotted this duo on the Red Line earlier this week with a shopping cart full of tools. They... Read more

By - 9/17/14 - 5:36 pm
Riders waiting for the Red Line at Park Street in Boston

The faces say it all. Aubrey Bracco captures the mood at Park.

Who knows why the Red Line lurched to a halt and wheezed its last this afternoon? At some point, it just ceased to matter. Riders crammed into stations waiting for trains that wheezed into stations so crammed the crammed riders on the platform could not cram into the crammed trains, which then slowly, ever so slowly crammedly made their way to the next crammed station,... Read more

By - 9/16/14 - 4:20 pm

This guy's got it going on. All he's missing is a little chianti.

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