Red Line

By - 2/13/17 - 5:36 pm
John Gearty

Transit Police report arresting a Cambridge man they say put on an angry show just outside the Ashmont T station during yesterday's storm.

Police say John Gearty, 29, was in the process of being ejected from the station around 4:30 p.m. for being loud and obnoxious "for no legitimate reason," when he decided to crank things up a notch: Read more.

By - 2/13/17 - 9:20 am

Once again, the T survives a big storm only to have issues the next morning. At 8:50 a.m., Martin Zero reported:

Stuck at Charles/MGH for more than 20 mins. Doors are open We're freezing!!

By - 2/10/17 - 9:54 am

The T says service was pretty durn good on the four subway lines thanks to all the investments in things like new third rails and plows and dispatch centers.

So far this morning, the T has reported Red Line problems that include dead trains at South Station and near Ashmont, signal and switch problems on the Braintree branch and at Park Street. Green Line trolleys ran even slower than usual on the C line.

But as of 9:50 a.m., the T says everything's back to normal.

By - 2/9/17 - 3:19 pm
Orange Line snow plow

The T has hooked 80 of plows to the front of Red and Orange Line trains today to try to smash that demon snow away from the trains' air scoops so it won't short out the motors like it did so disastrously in 2015 (but just in case). Also, it will have a jet-powered Snowzilla like this to blast the snow away.

By - 2/8/17 - 5:01 pm

Dead train at Harvard Square is leaving plenty of commuters saying mean things about the T this afternoon.

By - 2/8/17 - 4:54 pm
Plenty of spare train engines

The T reports it has dozens of spare engines ready to replace any on the Red and Orange lines that might burn out during tomorrow's storm.

By - 2/7/17 - 9:44 pm

Transit Police say a report on Facebook about fake ICE agents trying to shake down Hispanic T riders for their personal information was incorrect.

Transit Police say the report, originally reposted here, stemmed from a single incident in which an officer stopped somebody for an investigation into fare evasion.

By - 2/7/17 - 11:53 am

The T says only "minor" delays into town on the Red Line as a result.

By - 2/3/17 - 4:29 pm
Janet Bourke

Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester woman on charges she threw hot coffee in a T worker's face around 9:30 p.m. yesterday.

Police say Janet Bourke, 61, of Dorchester, was trying to get into Broadway on the Red Line without paying when the worker spotted her and tried to stop her.

By - 1/30/17 - 11:17 am
Weird dot map in Davis Square Red Line station

Goddess of Art & War spotted this map and dots in the Davis Square Red Line stop.

And you know, if the thing stays, somebody's going to apply lots of blue and yellow dots, just because.

By - 1/30/17 - 10:19 am

Via e-mail this morning, we got a photo of some some graffiti in an elevator at the Park Street T station that seems to indicate the author's carefully considered desire to build a wall to keep out Section 8 recipients. Our correspondent reports he notified the T, which promised a cleanup crew was on the way.

If you want to see it.

By - 1/26/17 - 8:56 am

A couple hours ago, a Red Line train met its maker at Quincy Adams. The T is still reporting "minor" delays between Braintree and Quincy Center due to the "residual" effects of that.

By - 1/25/17 - 9:26 am
Red Line riders waiting for a train

The lost souls of Beetlejuice now take the Red Line south. Photo by Cinnamngrl.

UPDATE: Then the signals went on the fritz between Central and Kendall.

A train that had to be taken out back and shot at Charles/MGH is getting Red Line riders all grumbly.

Christina Visconte reports: Read more.

By - 1/23/17 - 4:34 pm

Just in time for the evening rush hour, the T reports "moderate" delays towards Alewife on the Braintree side due to some sort of track problem at JFK/UMass.

By - 1/21/17 - 4:33 pm
Maverick on the Blue Line at 10:48 a.m.

Maverick station, 10:48 a.m. Photo by Max Grinnell.

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.

By - 1/19/17 - 5:45 pm

The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Red Line because of a train that flatlined at Charles/MGH.

By - 1/14/17 - 9:15 am

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.

By - 1/12/17 - 11:45 am
Rubber mat stretched to catch water in Downtown Crossing MBTA station

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.