Kevin was just minding his own business, riding the Red Line down towards Braintree when the train breathed its last and stopped shortly before 5 p.m. in that vast no-man's land between JFK/UMass and North Quincy - after the driver announced "he is having problems 'moving the train.' "
These are fire/smoke partitions that are being installed as part of the DTX elevator project. Upon fire alarm, those doors will close to create a point of safety for people as they egress.
UPDATE, 8 a.m. MBTA says regular service has resumed.
Severe delays on the Red Line, again, after a train breathes its last at Park Street.
Today's tales from the underground involve delays caused by signal problems at Harvard.
Nick Barber noticed the open doors on the wrong side of the train at Kendall Square around 7:20 a.m.
The T, which seems to have stopped announcing just how serious the delays are, is reporting delays on the Red Line due to a train that got to Park Street and could go no more.
A Red Line train became the latest little train that couldn't when a train pushed up daisies shortly before 9 a.m. at North Quincy.
Ari Ofsevit was among the riders ordered off an inbound Red Line train at Harvard around 9:40 a.m. because, oh, who the hell knows anymore?
UPDATE: The T now blames signal problems at Alewife for ongoing delays.
Service all along the Red Line has come to a grinding halt due to a train that has left this mortal coil at Alewife.
Meanwhile, the Rockport/Newburyport is once again imitating the Fairmount Line.
On Saturday morning, officials will run an exercise at Alewife station to simulate what happens when a Red Line train stops in a tunnel and the tunnel and T stop start filling with smoke, Cambridge Police report. Read more.
The MBTA is reporting delays on both the Red and Orange lines due to track problems on both lines near Downtown Crossing.
UPDATE, 10:20 p.m. Red Line service was supposedly back to normal.
A touch of a trash fire on the Red Line tracks tonight. Quickly brought under control, but you know how that causes cascading delays up and down the line. Boston firefighters returned control of the tracks to the T around 8:50 p.m., but that brought no relief to riders because the train that may have caused the problem was stuck at Downtown Crossing. Instead, the T began corralling buses to shuttle riders between Park Street and JFK in both directions. Read more.
Around 4:25 p.m., the T advised Red Line riders:
Delays due to Vice Presidential motorcade
More specifically, due to the motorcade passing by the junction at JFK/UMass (what, you thought we meant this junction?).
The BWSC's rain tally-o-matic shows Matthew-inspired precip levels for yesterday that range from 1.85 inches in subtropical Hyde Park and Adams Street in Dorchester to 1.49 inches in the Longwood Medical Area and Allston.
Of course, that rain has to go somewhere - like, oh, the Park Street Red Line platform.
The T is reporting the dreaded severe delays on the Red Line inbound due to a train whose poor heart gave out at Andrew.
A deceased trolley near Boylston is playing hob with the Green Line (an hour or so after another trolley flatlined on the E Line); a train is pushing up daisies at Alewife on the Red Line.
Somebody got his hand stuck in a Red Line door at Central, somebody else pulled the emergency cord and, boom, instant delays that led to people piling up at stations up and down the line as T workers set about opening the door and re-setting the brake, or whatever it is they do after somebody pulls that cord. At least we know it works.