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.

By - 11/7/14 - 2:27 pm
Downtown Crossing jerk

Surveillance photo via Transit Police.

UPDATE: Suspect turned self in.

Transit Police say that as a woman lay dying under a Red Line train at Downtown Crossing last night, a guy who watched her jump in front of the train proceeded to steal her phone, which had landed on the platform:

By - 11/6/14 - 10:10 pm

Happened around 9:50 p.m.

KidAtlantic reports he was on the train:

Calm and collected from MBTA personnel while evacuating the train at DC. Passengers shocked on platform to learn woman was struck.

Woman on platform upon exiting says she saw another woman standing on the yellow line as the train approached.

Power was shut so firefighters could extricate her body.

By - 11/1/14 - 10:43 am
Stuck Red Line train in Boston

The scene around 10:30. Photo by Stephen Marsden.

Firefighters responded to Charles/MGH around 10:15 a.m. for a fire that started in the wheel assembly of an inbound car on a Red Line train. They made short work of the fire, but, of course, that meant "severe" delays - as well as smoke in Kendall station.

Around 10:40 a.m., the train was pushed into the station for inspection before being pushed to the Cabot train yard in South Boston.

By - 10/24/14 - 8:58 am
Christopher Hicks

Transit Police report arresting a Cambridge resident on charges he started an unprovoked attack on a man on a Red Line train, then followed him out of the train into Harvard Square station and punched him in the head.

Christopher Hicks, 26, is scheduled for arraignment today in Cambridge District Court on charges of assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - a shod foot - police say.

By - 10/23/14 - 6:08 pm

Gianna Maria reports her inbound Red Line train came to a halt around 6 p.m. on the Longfellow to avoid making pate out of a silly goose who refused to move. After about ten minutes, the goose moved out and so did the train.

By - 10/21/14 - 6:57 pm

It was just another one of those evenings where trains became too weary to go any further, leading to the usual extended-version commutes on both the Red and Orange lines.

By - 10/21/14 - 5:23 pm
Chart showing CNR the cheapest bidder for new MBTA subway trains

Chart by state transportation staff.


State officials are leaning towards a company owned by the Chinese government to replace aging subway cars with new cars to be assembled in Springfield that will feature wider doors, the ability to carry 15 additional passengers, computerized and LED station announcements and a dramatic jump in reliability, although with the possible loss of fake wood-grain paneling.

By - 10/20/14 - 6:07 pm

If only Boston could win the Olympics, we'd have world-class trains for sure!

By - 10/20/14 - 11:39 am

Transit Police provide a couple examples of alleged dumbassery at two of our major transit hubs:

Shortly after 2 a.m. today, police - and firefighters - responded to South Station because somebody had activated a fire alarm there. Transit Police report officers found Marwin Maurin, 22, of Revere, standing by a closed Red Line entrance:

By - 10/20/14 - 7:53 am
Evil grinning skull at JFK/UMass Red Line stop in Dorchester

Marta C. captured the visage that woke her up at the JFK/UMass Red Line stop this morning.

By - 10/2/14 - 3:46 pm

A Brighton Municipal Court jury yesterday convicted John Biesiot, 36, of Chicago, on 15 counts of vandalism for incidents in 2008 and 2010 that left several T cars tagged up with nom de paint of Wyse, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Judge David Driscoll sentenced Biesiot to a year and a day in the Suffolk County House of Corrections, and will hold a hearing next month to determine how much Biesiot will have to pay the MBTA for cleaning up after him.

The jury found Biesiot not guilty of tagging up the Blue and Orange Lines, the DA's office reports.

According to the DA's office:

By - 9/29/14 - 9:50 am

Meet Tina Lunn, who, at least based on the account provided by Transit Police of her arrest at Quincy Center yesterday, is a few cigarettes short of a full pack.

Smart until proven otherwise.

By - 9/24/14 - 6:02 pm
Red Line train offloaded at Park Street

Outbound Red Line train offloaded at Park. Photo by Chuck Giroux.

So there's a defunct train at Charles/MGH. Or maybe it's the train that was offloaded at Kendall. Whatevs, the Red Line is a hot rush-hour mess this evening.

UPDATE: By 6:12, trains were slowly running again, but the problem was they were running so full that people on platforms couldn't get in, given that we don't have any of those Tokyo pushers around here, as Stephanie B. and "A very grateful pedestrian" show us:

By - 9/19/14 - 1:49 pm
Guy with shopping cart on the MBTA's Red Line

Why didn't anybody tell us this was Bring Your Big Stuff on the T Week? As if Comfy Chair Guy, Bowl of Pasta with Grated Parmesan Guy and Motor Scooter Guy weren't enough, let us introduce you to Shopping Cart Guys. Paul Nutting spotted this duo on the Red Line earlier this week with a shopping cart full of tools. They got on at Downtown Crossing and off at South Station. He adds:

You should have seen the look an off duty T employees was giving them.