Red Line

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

Meet the Boston Chapter of Operation Arch Angels

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.

By - 1/6/17 - 9:12 am

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.

By - 1/5/17 - 10:21 am
James Walker Morales

From Morales's wanted poster.

UPDATE, 3:58 p.m. WBZ reports he's been captured in Somerville.

UPDATE: Cambridge Police report the suspect may be escaped Cambridge desperado James Walker Morales.

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.

By - 1/3/17 - 8:48 pm

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.