Red Line

Red Line

By - 4/20/15 - 9:50 am
Dead Red Line train at Central Square in Cambridge

Around 9:30 a.m., Kevin Slane reports, a Red Line train that just sat there at Central Square, quietly expiring for about 10 minutes, was pronounced dead and riders were ordered off.

By - 4/17/15 - 10:04 am
Red Line pokeball sculpture in downtown Boston

Flea took a look at one of the new sculptures outside 100 High St. - just down the street from the MBTA's main operations center.

The Red Line poké ball and a similar Green Monster ball are the work of sculptor Lars-Erik Fisk, who loves him some spherical art (more examples).

By - 4/16/15 - 7:48 am
Truck hanging off I-93 in Dorchester

The view from Sidney Street. Photo by Meg Reils.

UPDATE: State Police report the truck and a Scion tC collided around 6 a.m., sending the truck partially over the Jersey barriers.

A box truck that wound up hanging off I-93 south in Dorchester this morning created problems on both the highway and the Red Line below - which the MBTA shut until mechanics could move the truck and end the risk it might plunge onto the tracks.

By - 4/9/15 - 7:59 am

The State House News Service reports interim T GM Frank DePaola told legislators he had to choose between making riders wait for a shuttle bus on a July night or a February night.

By - 3/28/15 - 6:04 pm

Because if you do that, a police officer might get curious and amble over to see what you're up to.

Transit Police report arresting Ryan Ross, 30, on a charge of receiving stolen property worth more than $250 around 9:15 p.m. yesterday after officers on patrol noticed him doing just that in the lobby of the Braintree Red Line stop:

By - 3/25/15 - 3:20 pm
Shuttle bus on Red Line at Park Street

A lone shuttle bus at Park Street.

UPDATE: Transit Police report the man was taken out alive from under the train.

A man jumped in front of a train around 2:20 p.m. on the outbound side of the Red Line.

One witness on the platform said he heard a "boom" then screeching as the train driver hit the brakes.

The MBTA substituted bus service between JFK/UMass and Kendall as firefighters and paramedics worked to extract the man and get him to a hospital.

Firefighter with Jaws of Life going down to platform:

By - 3/19/15 - 1:29 pm

Last May, the MBTA released a video showing a Transit Police detective rescuing a man from jumping in front of a train at Park Street. WCVB reports the man now has a lawyer - who had to sue to get the complete video, which shows the two struggled on the platform and the detective punching the man to subdue him.

By - 3/17/15 - 3:14 pm

A Braintree man admitted today he walked across the tracks from one platform to the other at Andrew Square station on Sunday - narrowly avoiding getting flattened by a train entering the station at the same time.

In exchange, a South Boston Municipal Court judge continued Patrik Finnerty's trespassing case for three months, during which he has to perform 25 hours of community service and stay out of South Boston, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 3/16/15 - 1:51 pm
Guy walking across tracks at Andrew station in South Boston

Surveillance photos via TPD.

UPDATE, 3:15 p.m., Tuesday: Finnerty found, shows up in court, has case continued without a finding pending three-month period.

UPDATE: Warrant issued for his arrest after he failed to show up at his arraignment, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 3/15/15 - 6:34 pm

Transit Police report somebody who didn't belong in the Cabot train yard off Dorchester Avenue was hit and killed by a train about 5:45 p.m.

Police say the man was about 25. Foul play is not suspected.

By - 3/10/15 - 3:22 pm

The Patriot Ledger reports Transit Police are looking for 10 to 15 Braintree High School students who apparently decided to celebrate a trip to the Garden to watch their classmates in a basketball game last night by "smashing windows in a Red Line train packed with around 200 students in Braintree uniforms."

By - 2/28/15 - 9:48 pm
Hawk trapped in Alewife station on the Red Line in Cambridge

Curt Nickisch phototographed this poor hawk unable to figure a way out of Alewife station around 7:30 p.m. The Animal Rescue League reports a happy ending to this tale:

Got word that the hawk was caught and moved outside.

By - 2/27/15 - 9:43 am

The Herald reports an escalator at Davis Square ripped a man's pants clear off. Fortunately, the Herald adds, he stayed cool - and had the foresight to wear blue gym shorts.

By - 2/25/15 - 8:36 am
Dead train at South Station on the Red Line

Molly Lanzarotta was among those crammed into South Station on the Red Line around 8:15 a.m., where a train tried but failed to come to grips with its own mortality.

By - 2/23/15 - 9:37 pm

Firefighters responded to South Station shortly before 9:30 p.m. for a trash fire on the outbound side of the Red Line. The fire was not on the tracks, it was quickly blasted with some water and that was that, except for the smell of smoke and the delays on the Red Line.

By - 2/22/15 - 7:41 pm
Shovels at Braintree station on the Red Line

Jack Cawley reports:

I did not find this reassuring at Braintree station.

By - 2/20/15 - 7:33 pm

Central Square on the Red Line right now is just full of Cambridge firefighters bearing hoses. There's a hazmat truck on Mass. Ave. A train in the station was evacuated. The T is warning of moderate delays due to "Cambridge Fire Department activity."

Evacuation photo.

By - 2/20/15 - 10:18 am
Alice Donovan handing out optimism tickets at Park Street

Roving UHub photographer Ted Dillon caught up with Alice Donovan handing out more of her Boston Transit Therapy Authority tickets at Park Street this morning.

By - 2/18/15 - 6:47 pm

State officials tonight released a schedule for re-opening currently shut subway segments. The Red Line will be extended to North Quincy on Friday, followed by Braintree on Monday, along with B trolleys on the Green Line. The Mattapan Line will remain shut until Friday, Feb. 27.

However, officials cautioned:

Reduced train counts due to the unprecedented winter storms will result in longer wait times and some crowding in the short term.

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