Red Line

By - 12/31/13 - 10:55 am

No, they won't be counting down to the rockin' New Year tonight, but will tell you how long until the next Red Line train. The T reports they blinked into existence today.

By - 12/30/13 - 5:35 pm

A roving UHub reader just checked in from Downtown Crossing, where a dead train is causing all sorts of ire:

The ire at Downtown Crossing is so strong you could hang your parka on it. "Moderate delays" per automated announcement, but this crowd is overflowing from the platform to the stairs and hallways.

By - 12/17/13 - 8:15 am

A dead train at Sullivan Square around 8:20 a.m. quickly cascaded into commuting hell for Orange Line riders heading into the city from the north. At Malden, riders were told to abandon all hope get on commuter rail. At Community College, riders were told to just go home walk to North Station.

A train died earlier in the morning on the Red Line.... Read more

By - 12/13/13 - 8:10 am
Jesus at Central Square

Prayer couldn't hurt. Kate spotted Jesus at Central Square this morning.

As of 8 a.m., there have been two dead trains: One inbound Red Line train (of course) from Braintree and one inbound trolley on the B Line.

By - 12/12/13 - 3:57 pm

Shortly before the southbound platform was evacuated as well. Photo by Fatty.

UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: Transit Police report the package has been "cleared"- by an X-ray - which means service can resume soon. But expect "severe" residual delays, the T warns. WBZ reports the object was a duffle bag with wires coming out of it.

Transit Police have evacuated the three Red Line platforms at Park Street due to a suspicious package on an Alewife-bound train there.... Read more

By - 12/12/13 - 6:31 am

The Globe reports MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott has ordered an audit of all the third rails on the Red, Orange and Blue lines to try to stave off the sort of problems that bollixed commutes on the Red Line Wednesday morning and Tuesday evening.

Carl Stevens reports the inspections will focus on the welds that connect sections of the third... Read more

By - 12/11/13 - 8:43 pm

More specifically, NECN reports, the T is blaming cold weather for the third-rail problem that waylaid Red Line commuters from the south this morning.

By - 12/11/13 - 6:39 am
Packed Red Line at JFK/UMass

Riders from Ashmont trying to get onto train from Braintree at JFK. Photo by Jerome Leslie.

Updated, 7:50 a.m.

First it was signal problems inbound approaching South Station. Then, a third rail cracked in the area of JFK/UMass, which forced riders arriving from Ashmont to try to cram into already packed trains from Braintree.

Also, the Mattapan High Speed Line is more like the Mattapan No Speed Line due to a dead trolley.... Read more

By - 12/10/13 - 4:35 pm
Crowded Red Line platform at Park Street

Where's Waldo? Not getting on the Red Line at Park Street, that's for sure. Photo by Shumita Basu.

The T's now acknowledging that a dead train at JFK/UMass means "severe" delays. As in 30 and 45-minute delays.

UPDATE, 5:30 p.m. Problems persist - The Braintree-bound are being told to take any train they can jam into to JFK for a shuttle bus.

At South Station, Kate Birney reports:

just got pulled off braintree to alewife & routed to

... Read more
By - 12/6/13 - 7:17 am
Slow Red Line

6:33 a.m.: Dead train on the Braintree line. Inbound, of course.

Mike, who took the above photo, asks:

Red Line failing during rush hour. On what planet is 8 mins ok? Full trains are full.

By - 12/5/13 - 7:22 am

A T alert went out around 6:50 a.m. for a dead Red Line train at Downtown Crossing.

By - 12/4/13 - 7:28 am

You get a delay! And you get a delay! And you get a delay!

Trains lapsed into unconsciousness on the Red Line and the C, D and E trolley lines. But the Orange Line saved the worst for last: A dead train at Ruggles that sat there for nearly 20 minutes before operators got the idea to get the train behind it to push it... Read more

By - 11/27/13 - 8:23 am

MikeHeXt tweets:

Ugh Disabled southbound Red Line train at Kendall causing northbound delays too. Here we sit.

By - 11/26/13 - 9:15 am

Some of the "pop up" performances on the T last week.

H/t Steve Annear.

By - 11/25/13 - 7:25 am

Dead train reported at Ashmont at 7:13 a.m.

Also reported: Signal problems on the Reservoir Line and a wicked late train on the Franklin Line. " Free hot chocolate on board?" one commuter freezing at Walpole asks hopefully.

UPDATE: An Orange Line train froze to death at Sullivan Square around 7:40 a.m. An inbound train, of course. It was followed in quick succession by... Read more

By - 11/23/13 - 9:14 pm

Anson Stewart videoed the Red Line shuttle today.

By - 11/22/13 - 7:29 am

JFK/UMass. The alert went out around 5:50 a.m.

By - 11/20/13 - 9:52 pm

Transit Police report arresting somebody too young to have his name released for the botched robbery attempt last week that ended with him being chased out of Charles/MGH by a group of fed-up commuters.

The teen was scheduled for an appearance in Boston Municipal Court's juvenile session on a charge of assault with intent to rob, police say.... Read more

By - 11/20/13 - 5:03 pm

South Station! Pat yourself on the back if that was your guess - unless you're actually trying to get somewhere northbound on the Red Line, in which case, never mind.

By - 11/18/13 - 8:38 am
Crowding at Ashmont

Blame signal problems at Ashmont for the slow pace of trains, which led to the sort of platform crowding Erica Mattison walked into at Ashmont around 8:20 a.m.

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