Peggy McClellan captured an interesting performance at the Harvard Square T stop yesterday.
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.
A Red Line train bought the ranch at Quincy Adams and now Braintee riders are facing "moderate" delays.
Around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Stanley Staco reports.
As David Finnerty shows us at Broadway, people were told to exit their Red Line trains, since they could no longer run due to some sort of track issue at JFK/UMass.
The T is now sending Braintree trains to Ashmont, where shuttle buses are supposed to take riders to North Quincy.
Signal problems at Park Street are causing "moderate" delays in both directions on the Red Line this afternoon. Or as MikeAtlas, at Downtown Crossing, tags it:
UPDATE, 5:10 p.m Trains began rolling again.
It's rarely a good sign when the fire department shows up at a T stop, and this afternoon will not be the exception that proves that rule. A track fire about 20 feet inbound from Broadway station shortly after 4 p.m. brought firefighters to the platform and a shutdown of electrical service so they could take care of business.
The result was "severe" delays on the Red Line, again.
The exigencies of another day at work caused a Red Line train to take an eternal rest near Alewife and an Orange Line train to take a ride with the Grim Reaper at Downtown Crossing between 7 and 7:30 a.m.
A concerned citizen complains:
Rotating gate at park street that facilates the exit from inside the subway to the outside. It's extremely hard to push it. Elders and many others will not be able to push it. Needs to be fixed. Citizen here in action!! ;)
UPDATE, 9:55 a.m. The problems and delays continue.
The governor said yesterday the Red Line's resilient enough for this coming winter, but he didn't say anything about this morning's commute, which first came to a halt around 6:30 a.m. because an inbound train went express to Valhalla near Kendall, then, later, because the signals at Alewife decided they were sick of hearing about resiliency and were going to show that Baker guy what they thought about that.
Bill Donuts exclaimed to the T:
Updated with info from Transit Police.
Transit Police report a man believed to be in his 50s was hit and killed by a train at the Braintree platform at JFK/UMass.
The man died from his injuries, police say, adding that while an investigation is underway, foul play is not suspected. The Dorchester Reporter reports he jumped.
Extricating the man and investigating the incident halted Red Line service to Braintree; passengers crowded outside stations waiting for shuttle buses; some were able to get on South Shore-bound commuter-rail trains.what
Delays on the Red Line quickly went to "severe" when the Cambridge Fire Department ordered service halted to determine why several people came out of an inbound train coughing. After about ten minutes, firefighters could find nothing wrong and let service resume.
Ironically, just this morning, Transit Police and several other agencies held an exercise at the T's emergency training center on how to deal with a chemical release in a subway station.
WCVB has video taken by one Red Line rider of a second rider grabbing a third rider's phone and punching him in the face for videoing him being a drunken asshole to all the other riders in their car hurtling through Quincy Friday night.
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.
The T is currently advising of "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to a recalcitrant switch in Braintree.
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.