Red Line

By - 8/21/15 - 5:20 pm
The scene at South Station

The scene outside South Station. Photo by Ross Chanowski.

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. Trains running again. UPDATE: 6:02 p.m. Fire declared out, firefighters packing up.

An insulated cable that erupted into flames shortly after 5 p.m. south of South Station shut Red Line service in both directions between JFK/UMass and Park Street and forced the driver of one outbound train to reverse direction and head back to South Station. Read more.

By - 8/17/15 - 1:56 pm

The T is currently advising of "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to a recalcitrant switch in Braintree.

By - 8/14/15 - 5:56 pm
Dead train at JFK/UMass

Tense scene at JFK/UMass where doors refused to open. Photo by Angel.

A Braintree train pulled into JFK/UMass and then just sat there because the doors refused to open. Finally, workers figured out how to get people off the train.

Meanwhile, Josh Jacobs reports from a daisy-pushing trolley just past Longwood on the Riverside Line:

This ride on D line trolley 3603 is The Braking of the Riverside 1-0-3 (A.M. at this rate).

OK now someone playing Star Trek opening theme and totally trolling.

By - 8/6/15 - 5:17 pm

The MBTA reports it's taken delivery on 1,100 linear feet of brand spankin' new third rail that it will use to replace older, more brittle third rail on the Red Line later this month, as part of its program to make the T better able to withstand the sort of winters we've been known to get in New England.

"Replacing aging third rail with new rail makes the subway less vulnerable to power-related issues," a spokesman says.

By - 8/6/15 - 8:04 am
Dead train at Kendall Square

Richard Rininger shows us the scene at Kendall around 7:40 a.m., when a Braintree train gasped its last:

Train broken at Kendall, everyone told to get off.

By - 8/3/15 - 7:20 pm

The T reports "moderate" Red Line delays outbound due to a toasted switch at JFK, and by "moderate," they mean you don't have to abandon all faith just yet, but get ready to.

By - 8/2/15 - 1:21 pm
Wanted for Kendall Square indecent assault

Photo via Cambridge PD.

Cambridge Police report a woman exiting the Kendall Square Red Line station around 7:20 a.m. yesterday was approached by a man who, after a brief conversation, "grabbed the woman's buttocks."

The female yelled then punched the suspect in the face. This seemed to startle the male who then walked away.

He's described as black, medium build with dreadlocks and wearing a red shirt and black pants.

By - 7/23/15 - 9:18 am

Craig Wright reports on an incident on the inbound platform on the Red Line at South Station around 9 a.m.:

Woman hit older woman with iced coffee, then dumped on her head because she was "intentionally blocking her."

I guess from boarding the train? Who knows! To the older woman's credit - she just pretty much laughed it off.

The coffee dumper then walked away, he said.

By - 7/23/15 - 9:07 am
In search of a Murakami novel that was lost on the Red Line at Harvard

Deborah Kaplan spotted this plaintive flier posted at Harvard on the Red Line this morning.

By - 7/21/15 - 4:04 pm

Around 3:45 p.m. on an inbound train at Kendall. The spitter will face a charge of assault and battery if found.

By - 7/17/15 - 9:33 am
Wanted for Savin Hill attack

Transit Police have released photos of a man they say attacked and robbed a woman over 60 around 11:10 p.m. on Wednesday.

If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous tip to 873873.

By - 7/3/15 - 12:35 pm
Math problem as graffiti in Harvard Square

iFnLvBos wonders about the meaning of this scrawl at the Harvard Square T stop.

John Ruch points us to the infamous P versus NP problem:

Informally, it asks whether every problem whose solution can be quickly verified by a computer can also be quickly solved by a computer. It was essentially first mentioned in a 1956 letter written by Kurt Gödel to John von Neumann.

By - 6/30/15 - 9:23 pm

Arlington Police report they are looking for a guy who had permission to blindfold and cuff a Spy Pond Parkway resident this afternoon - but not to take his cash and car. Read more.

By - 6/25/15 - 7:22 am

A train that headed across the rainbow bridge is causing the dreaded "severe" delays in both directions on the Red Line this morning.

UPDATE: The T reported at 7:44 a.m. that regular service had resumed.

By - 6/12/15 - 10:59 pm
Red Power Ranger on the Red Line

Tyler Fitzpatrick watched Red Ranger chatting up another Red Line rider tonight.

By - 6/10/15 - 6:18 pm
Smokey Red Line

Firefighters had to foam down a smoking Red Line on the Longfellow Bridge just past Charles/MGH around 6 p.m. Gabriel Fishman, who captured the scene just as firefighters arrived, reports they made short work of whatever the problem was and that service seemed to start up not long after.

By - 6/4/15 - 10:21 pm

The Braintree train was taken out of service at South Station; now the Red Line has "severe" delays.

By - 6/2/15 - 10:32 am

Transit Police report arresting a Wrentham man on charges he responded to requests from other Red Line riders to stop being obnoxious by doubling down and dropping trou. Read more.

By - 5/29/15 - 11:57 am
Failed ninja

Transit Police report arresting a man on charges he groped a woman in the tunnel between the Orange and Red Lines at Downtown Crossing Thursday morning - and after he tried to fight off arriving officers. Read more.

By - 5/27/15 - 6:48 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court judge today denied a request from Hyundai-Rotem to block the T from buying new Orange and Red Line cars from a Chinese manufacturer. Read more.