Red Line

By - 12/10/15 - 7:31 am

UPDATE: T workers had to corral the train because it was coming down the tracks with no driver.

A train left its earthly body at North Quincy this morning, leaving the Red Line no choice but to immediately go into "severe delay" mode in both directions. But, hey, at least it wasn't signal problems today, amirite?

By - 12/9/15 - 6:54 pm
Downtown Crossing

The scene in Downtown Crossing. Photo by Josh Cronin.

Transit Police report an Alewife train hit a woman as it entered Downtown Crossing around 6:40 p.m.

Power was shut in both directions to let firefighters extricate the body of the woman, about 42.

Shuttle buses replaced service between JFK/UMass and Harvard.

The incident happened less than 24 hours after a man wound up under a train at Broadway.

By - 12/9/15 - 4:07 pm

Just in time for the afternoon rush, the T is warning of "moderate" delays on the Red Line to Braintree.

Flea adds:

My MBTA train is stuck at North Quincy and it sounds like an airplane about to take off.

By - 12/9/15 - 8:03 am

The T is reporting continuing signal issues on the Braintree line, meaning Red Line riders who had problems getting home last night now have problems getting to work on time.

By - 12/8/15 - 7:21 pm

Shortly before 7 p.m. Transit Police report:

A male, age unknown , while trespassing on the right of way was struck by an inbound Red Line subway train. Boston Fire extricated the male and he was transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries. Shuttle bus service was set up between JFK and Park Street.

By - 12/8/15 - 6:26 pm

The MBTA reports "moderate" delays on the Red Line to Braintree due to signal problems, or as Dan Moore puts it: Read more.

By - 12/1/15 - 10:37 am
Sketch on the Red Line

Wes Dillingham captured a pencil sketch on the Red Line today.

By - 11/30/15 - 8:55 am

An E Line trolley gave up the ghost at MFA, a Red Line train went express to Valhalla on the Braintree branch and an Orange Line train turned blue at Green. Or as MBTA Haiku put it:

Holiday season
Kicks off with a delayed train.
Cyber Monday gift.

By - 11/18/15 - 8:05 am

The Herald reports comments by Frank DiPaola about that $80+ million in spending on new third rails, switch heaters and the like. Plus, they've got prisoners standing by to shovel out major snowfalls.

The Herald story is running on a morning when a train died on the Red Line, a trolley stopped functioning on the Mattapan Line and signal problems caused delays on the Blue Line.

By - 11/14/15 - 5:28 pm

Red Line riders say they appreciated the driver on their train who provided them with a unique way to remember the Paris victims today. As Anulfo Baez reports:

Really moved by this MBTA conductor welcoming people/announcing stops in French. "In honor of our friends...."

A T spokesman says:

The MBTA is very proud of Motor Person Michael Tsoukalas, who has been with the T for 20 years. A dedicated employee such as Michael represents all that is good about public service.

By - 11/12/15 - 6:53 pm

An Alewife train succumbed at Park Street around 6:40 p.m. and now growing numbers of riders are finding out just how many of them can be squeezed onto those platforms.

By - 11/12/15 - 4:20 pm
New MBTA subway cars

The MBTA has released what it says are the actual votes by people who care about the paint schemes for new cars on the Red and Orange Lines, and this time, they say, people voted for the same basic scheme for both, just in different colors, for the cars, which could be in service in a few years. Read more.

By - 11/10/15 - 3:54 pm
New paint schemes for Red, Orange and Green Line trains

Winners.

UPDATE: The Globe reports it's Florida all over again: The T has put the vote into abeyance until it can examine apparent voting irregularities.

Well, actually three winners. The MBTA has selected the final paint schemes for the new Green, Orange, and Red Line cars:

http://blog.mass.gov/transportation/mbta/mbta-public-selections-for-new-...

By - 11/9/15 - 7:18 am

UPDATE: Some lines not affected by the signal problems are late because of the dreaded slippery rail.

The T is reporting delays on trains from the south due to Amtrak signal problems. And trains that would normally stop at Ruggles just aren't.

Also, trains decided it was Judgment Day on the Green and Red Lines and so gave up the ghost.

By - 11/3/15 - 8:43 am
White pants and no shoes at Davis Square on the Red Line

Slam reports this guy with no shoes - and white pants after Labor Day - got on the Red Line with him at Davis Square this morning.

Still on our train at Charles MGH... Bold to say the least.

By - 10/21/15 - 9:58 am

Peggy McClellan captured an interesting performance at the Harvard Square T stop yesterday.

By - 10/20/15 - 12:41 pm
Proposed Orange Line paint scheme

Benday dots for the Orange Line?

State transportation officials have three proposed exterior paint schemes for the new Orange, Red and Green Line trains that could begin rolling out in a few years and want the public to help them pick among them.

The first of 24 new Green Line trolleys are scheduled for 2017 delivery, while some of the 152 new Orange Line cars should begin rolling out the next year, followed by some of the 132 new Red Line trains in late 2019.

By - 10/16/15 - 9:37 pm

Transit Police report a man on the Old Colony tracks just south of Wollaston station was stuck and killed by a train around 8:30 p.m. Read more.

By - 10/14/15 - 8:23 am

A Red Line train bought the ranch at Quincy Adams and now Braintee riders are facing "moderate" delays.