Red Line

By - 2/24/16 - 9:04 am

Shortly before 9 a.m., Lyzard reported:

MBTA is jerking us around on the Longfellow for over 10 minutes .start.. Stop.. Starts. Stops. Riders Ready to puke.

Five minutes later, the T announced "moderate" delays due to signal problems on the bridge and now at least one train is just sitting there.

By - 2/18/16 - 8:22 am
Porter Square with lots of people in the Red Line station

Hangin' out at Porter Square. Photo by Jamie E.

Just as the T was telling riders from the South Shore to try their luck with the Red Line because commuter rail was dead, a Red Line train realized it was more than six feet under near South Station and started pushing up daisies. Read more.

By - 2/15/16 - 10:44 am
November Project participants on a Red Line train

For a holiday morning, one Red Line train seemed a bit crowded this morning, Charles Cherney reports.

By - 2/15/16 - 9:29 am
By - 2/14/16 - 9:41 am

MBTA trains are no different than us - they don't like going out in subzero temps, either. At one point this morning, the T announced "moderate" delays on the Green Line due to "multiple disabled trains." Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 9:12 am

The T's reporting some travails getting riders into town from Braintree due to a train that decided to join Elijah. This was after earlier signal problems near JFK/UMass.

By - 2/5/16 - 12:18 pm

The T reports it's busing Red Line riders between Alewife and Harvard due to a power problem at Harvard. Word came right after Gov. Baker, in a snow news conference, said, "The T actually had a pretty good morning."

By - 2/2/16 - 7:03 pm

There's a dead train somewhere on the Orange Line (the T isn't saying where) and a train that breathes no more at Quincy Center on the Red Line. Passengers are not happy, but whadaya gonna do?

By - 1/28/16 - 5:47 am

UPDATE, 7 a.m.: Equipment removed, T reports "minor" residual delays.

The T is running shuttle buses between North Quincy and JFK/UMass due to "disabled work equipment" at Savin Hill. A T spokesman adds:

MBTA crews are on scene, working hard to get the piece of equipment off the main line. Customers may also board Commuter Rail trains at Braintree, Quincy Center and JFK for service into South Station. Customers are asked to allow extra time to commute.

By - 1/26/16 - 7:18 am

The T warned riders yesterday that delays related to the reconstruction of the Longfellow Bridge would continue today. What they optimistically didn't warn riders about, however, were the signal problems between North Quincy and JFK/UMass - of the sort the Braintree line has been having for a couple of months now.

From the north, though, the trains are running well over the bridge.

By - 1/25/16 - 7:39 am

UPDATE: The MBTA warns Longfellow-related slowdowns could last two to three days.

Red Line trains in both directions are moving kind of slow this morning, due to the weekend track work on the Longfellow Bridge.

At 7:40 a.m., Justlippe reported:

I left Central at 7:10am. We're just now hanging half out of the tunnel headed to MGH.

Read more.

By - 1/23/16 - 6:52 pm
Stuck buses on Cambridge Street in Boston

Buses stuck on Cambridge Street by MGH. Photo by Caitlin Melnick.

First responders from both Cambridge and Boston and divers from Boston rushed to the Charles River near the Longfellow Bridge around 6:30 p.m. on what appeared to be a report that two people might be in the river. Read more.

By - 1/22/16 - 5:37 pm

Ailing signals are keeping southbound Red Line commuters from dinner tonight, but possibly driving them to drink.

By - 1/20/16 - 2:46 pm
Guy doing lunges on the Red Line

Matt snapped this guy doing lunges on a Red Line train today; reports he was doing a series of them.

Hmm, he looks a bit like this guy doing crunches at Back Bay on the Orange Line a couple years ago.

By - 1/20/16 - 7:32 am

The T is advising "moderate" delays into town on the Red Line from Braintree due to a train that just could not make it past Quincy Center, and "minor" delays into town on the Orange Line from Forest Hills, due to a train that ascended to the pearly gates at Mass. Ave.

By - 1/19/16 - 7:48 am

UPDATE: Another Blue Line train died, at Airport. More trolleys died, at Waban and Arlington.

So far this morning, trains have shuffled off this mortal coil on the Green Line (Brookline Village and Reservoir on the D and Washington Street on the B) and the Blue Line (State Street). Riders on the Orange and Red lines didn't miss any of the fun, however, due to what the T says are now fixed signal issues near Wellington and JFK/UMass (the Blue Line also had some signal woes). Red Line riders also saw trains slow due to the ongoing work on the Longfellow.

By - 1/18/16 - 9:50 am
Working on the Red Line tracks on the Longfellow Bridge

John McLachlan watched workers working on new Red Line tracks on the Longfellow Bridge yesterday. Read more.

By - 1/15/16 - 7:28 am

The T is warning of "moderate" delays in both directions on the Red Line due to a track problem between Kendall Square and Charles/MGH (which would be, what, the Longfellow?).

UPDATE: At 8:20, the T reported delays southbound due to a train that met its maker at Alewife.

By - 1/12/16 - 6:41 pm

The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to signal problems at Central Square. Dave translates the T's "moderate" into English:

Red line is in rough shape. Been sitting between Kendall and Central for at least 10 mins.

Equally intrepid Red Line regular Jake Wark reports from Downtown Crossing that as his Alewife train just sat there, the driver informed people rushing to the train: Read more.