Red Line

By - 1/28/15 - 9:09 am

The T is back and running this morning, but as they warned us: Major delays. The Red and Blue lines in particular are running express to nowhere this morning.

Will reported from a Red Line train just sitting at Harvard:

PA operator just said "If you have other options you might wanna explore them."

By - 1/26/15 - 4:44 pm
North Station crowds in advance of the Blizzard of 2015

Crowds at North Station as North Shore trains delayed. Photo by Andrea Eberly.

UPDATE, 5:50 p.m. The Red Line surrendered in advance of the storm and is now just dead.

With those three words, the National Weather Service begins its latest report on the impending snowpocageddon, one its forecasters say could re-shape parts of the coastline with winds and waves punching out new inlets.

Later in the discussion, the NWS adds:


By - 1/23/15 - 9:37 am
Central Square crush on the MBTA Red Line

Bill Palin shows us the scene at Central Square around 9:30 a.m., as passengers wonder if they'll ever get to their destinations due to a train that went to its final destination at Harvard Square.

Coupled with a dead trolley on the Green Line, the Orange Line problems and inexplicably overpacked Blue Line trains, it was a rare superfecta on the T this morning.

By - 1/22/15 - 9:14 am
Keytar Bear in Davis Square Red Line station, Somerville

Politeness Points spotted Keytar Bear on the Davis Square Red Line platform this morning.

By - 1/21/15 - 5:32 pm

A 16-year-old already facing armed robbery and kidnapping charges for two incidents on Jan. 13 was arraigned yesterday on new charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and indecent assault and battery for incidents on Jan. 11 and 13, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The teen, not named because of his age, had his bail increased from $1 million to $2 million due to the new charges, the DA's office reports. Although he gave his last address as a school in Lancaster, he has family in Dorchester.

The DA's office described the four incidents:

By - 1/21/15 - 2:35 pm

Hyundai Rotem, the South Korean company that started delivering commuter-rail trains 2 1/2 years late, is suing the state for awarding the contract to build new Red and Orange Line trains.

By - 1/14/15 - 7:00 pm

A 16-year-old, apparently from Lancaster, was arraigned in Suffolk County Juvenile Court today on charges of armed and masked robbery, assault and battery, and attempted kidnapping for a Tuesday incident on the Red Line between JFK/UMass and Andrew stations and kidnapping and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for a Monday incident in the area of Fields Corner, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

He faces arraignment tomorrow in Dorchester Municipal Court on additional charges.

More to come ...

By - 1/9/15 - 6:21 pm

Oh, hey, it's Friday rush hour, so naturally a Red Line train got out a couple of old tokens to pay the ferryman, down at JFK/UMass, and now the entire line has slowed to a crawl and riders are grumbling the inevitable cracks about imagining what service will be like during the Olympics.

By - 12/17/14 - 8:19 am
Savin Hill on the Red Line at sunrise

Frankie P. says "good morning" from the Savin Hill T stop.

By - 12/12/14 - 6:37 pm
dummy's head on the Red Line

H gives us a head's up on the situation on the Red Line.

Meanwhile, Dana Busch wonders where the car is that left a hub cap on the platform at Porter Square.

By - 12/4/14 - 8:25 pm
Dog in tutu on the Red Line

Crystal Valencia spotted this Chihuahua/Jack Terrier mix on the Red Line's Ashmont branch tonight.

By - 12/2/14 - 8:06 am
On track on the Red Line

Peering inbound from South Station on the Red Line.

By - 11/29/14 - 4:25 pm

WCVB reports a trash fire on the Red Line around 2:30 p.m. was quickly put out by a T employee with a fire extinguisher, but, of course, delays on the Red Line persisted long beyond that, and people on incoming commuter-rail trains also had issues.

At 3:18 p.m., Jenna reported:

MBTA train to Boston from Providence now delayed 25 minutes. Starving passengers searching for the first sacrifice.

By - 11/26/14 - 5:37 am

UPDATE: The T reported at 8:23 a.m. that normal service was resuming, well, normal, but with residual delays, of course.

The T is running buses instead of trains between Alewife and Harvard Square this morning because of a dead maintenance vehicle on the tracks just south of Porter.

Crews are on scene, working to get the maintenance equipment off of the main line.

By - 11/17/14 - 5:46 pm
Silver Line crowding

Packing them in at a Silver Line stop. Photo by Martin Zero.

Problems on the Red and Green lines mean crankytime for evening T commuters. Christie F. gives us a taste:

35 minutes ago my train pulled out of Lechmere. We still haven't reached Haymarket.

Southbound Red Line service has yet to reach standstill proportions, but that's of little solace to people jammed onto platforms who can't even sardine themselves into trains.

By - 11/17/14 - 9:55 am

Witts and Snyder.

Two homeless people will be arraigned today on charges they brutally attacked a T worker - even ripping hair out of his scalp - when he tried to usher them out of the Downtown Crossing station early Sunday.

When Transit Police arrived around 3:30 a.m., the inspector was "bleeding profusely" from the nose and had numerous bruises on his face, according to a police report. Officers also observed fresh hair and blood on the sidewalk, "spreading across an area approximately 30 feet in length."

By - 11/14/14 - 7:53 pm
Huge crowds at Kendall Square on the Red Line

Kendall Square, 6:20 p.m. Photo by Mark.

Not long after 6 p.m., the Red Line did what it does so well: Fail. Specifically, a train got to the Longfellow Bridge, looked down and grew so terrified it would fall in the river, or something, that it just died right there, as Devin Cole shows us:

By - 11/8/14 - 9:34 am

Transit Police report the man wanted for stealing the phone of a woman who died when hit by a Red Line train Thursday night is in custody this morning.

Transit Police say Josue Gonzalez, 26, of Brockton, turned himself in at their Southampton Street headquarters around 9:30 p.m. yesterday - and that they have the woman's phone.

He is scheduled for arraignment on a charge of larceny in Boston Municipal Court on Monday.