Even with extra subway trains and more commuter-rail coaches, the T groaned under the load of the larger than expected crowds heading to the Women's March on the Common this morning. Read more.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Red Line because of a train that flatlined at Charles/MGH.
A group of people taking inspiration from the old Guardian Angels have started patrolling Boston and the T: The Boston Arch Angels. In recruiting fliers posted on the Red Line, they vow to deter crime, make citizens arrests and provide first aid.
H/t Ron Newman.
Who'll stop the rain? Not the creaky infrastructure at the Downtown Crossing T stop. Mark Novak captured some T worker's ingenious solution for stopping the water plotzing on people's head in a stairway between the Red and Orange Lines. Hopefully, somebody remembers to empty it before it gives way, though.
Gabs spotted this ad - and the associated commentary - on the Red Line today.
The T had to hold a train from Braintree at JFK/UMass so Transit Police could remove a woman who refused to put out her cigarette, filling her car with the smell of smoke.
UPDATE, 3:58 p.m. WBZ reports he's been captured in Somerville.
Police searching for the guy who held up the Bank of America branch at 772 Mass. Ave. around 9:30 a.m. halted the Red Line so they could search cars for him - because they know that bank robbers like to try to escape on the Red Line when they don't have a getaway car.
Gin Dumcius witnessed T workers struggling to keep a guy from trying to kill himself at Park Street around 7:45 p.m. Ten workers eventually joined the successful effort to keep him off the tracks until he could be transported to the hospital.
Red Line riders have certainly taken a lump or two this year. Photo by Cybah.
The T says there are "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to malfunctioning signals at Alewife.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays due to a train that's refusing to move at Ashmont.
The T's reporting "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to a train near JFK/UMass that suffered an attack of permanent frostbite.
The T says it's gotten the deceased train off the tracks, but that sort of thing always means residual delays and extra jammed cars. Sutter reports:
Passenger on the platform @ Wollaston asked if we can move in a little more. Everyone in the car said "NO." in unison.
MassLive reports the T powers that be are expected to vote on a new $277-million order with the Chinese company gearing u to build Red Line cars in Springfield for an additional 120 Red Line cars - turns out that buying new would be cheaper than rehabbing the old cars that would remain.
"Moderate" delays towards Alewife on the Red Line, the T says.
There was a medical emergency on a train between Central and Kendall, but the severe delays on the Red Line this rush hour are also due to signal problems near Harvard, the T and riders advise.
David Weininger reports that not only was this elf at Kendall Square on the Red Line playing an accordion this evening, she was playing "Paint It Black."
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