Who knows why the Red Line lurched to a halt and wheezed its last this afternoon? At some point, it just ceased to matter. Riders crammed into stations waiting for trains that wheezed into stations so crammed the crammed riders on the platform could not cram into the crammed trains, which then slowly, ever so slowly crammedly made their way to the next crammed station, where the next futile door openings occurred.
This guy's got it going on. All he's missing is a little chianti.
UPDATED with info from MBTA.
Don't use your phone right on the yellow line, because you might drop it and then the driver of the train will stop his train so your phone can be retrieved before it is crushed into a gazillion pieces.
Tim Devin captured the action around 8 a.m. today at Davis Square, where a T spokesman says:
That word comes too late for a pair of Boston residents, whom Transit Police report were literally caught red handed on charges of defacing the driver's door of a Red Line trains last night.
Police say that around 8 p.m. yesterday, somebody punched in their digits to report that two guys who had been marking up the driver's door on a Red Line train were getting off at Downtown Crossing.
Transit Police report that around 5 p.m., somebody walked into the Savin Hill Red Line station, saw two people he wanted to shoot, took out a gun and began firing.
He missed, whereupon both his intended targets and he fled, police say. Police say they are continuing to look for him. About 40 minutes later, however, Cynthia Pesantez watched Boston Police take somebody into custody a few blocks away from the station.
For the second time in a week, Transit Police report stopping John Bubier at Andrew station for trying to ride the Red Line for free - and then placing him in custody because he has an outstanding warrant, this time for assault and battery, out of Boston Municipal Court.
Last week, Transit Police arrested Bubier for allegedly failing to register as a Level 3 sex offender. He has since registered.
Transit Police report arresting John Bubier, 60, around 9 a.m. today at Andrew Square after officers say they watched him piggyback through a fare gate behind a paying T rider and then discovered he had failed to register as a Level 3 sex offender.
Bubier, originally from Framingham, but best known for his croaking pleas for change in Downtown Crossing, was convicted of indecent assault and battery in 2011.
Ronei Souza, 28, of Quincy, was arrested at South Station around 12:45 p.m. after a Transit Police sergeant noticed him, police say. He's expected to be arraigned tomorrow in South Boston District Court.
Transit Police report they are looking for this guy for an incident involving indecent assault and battery on an inbound Red Line train around 7:10 a.m. on July 29, not long after he'd gotten on the train at Quincy Center.
He's described as Hispanic, 20 to 25, 5'5" to 5'7" and thin.
If you know him, you can contact detectives at 617-222-1050, or send an anonymous tip to 873873
Transit Police report a man was found stabbed at the Quincy Center T stop around 3:20 a.m.
Erik Manley, 37, of Braintree, was arrested on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The victim, 35, from Weymouth, was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive, police say.
Couple of dudes with knives got all Jim Croce on each other in Andrew Square around 9 p.m. yesterday and tried to slice each other up - with one of them stabbing a woman for good measure - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Orrett Daley, 31, of South Boston, was ordered held in lieu of $200,000 bail at his arraignment today in South Boston District Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed assault with intent to murder, the DA's office says, adding he went after not only Steven Sudler, 37, of Dorchester, but the woman as well.
A Red Line train heading towards Alewife took note of the time and decided rush hour was as good as any to up and die.
With nothing else to do, Jeremy Newman composed an Ode to the MBTA:
Crowded, stuffy, rates-a-hikin;
Bodies crammed; often late.
Sweat-a-drippin, whats that smell?
Cruel twist of public fate.
Kris Kream was more prosaic:
Shortly after 9 a.m., inbound Red Line service was halted so that EMTs could take a sick passenger off a train at Kendall. But service was delayed even before that due to another passenger who decided the best way to get help was to pull the emergency brake - while the train was still in the tunnel between Central and Kendall. A passenger on the train reports via e-mail:
Some idiot pulled the emergency brake in response. Conductor was not happy about that. We were stuck between Central and Kendall for about 8 minutes.
Does anybody know when weekend service disruptions on the Red Line between North Quincy and JFK/UMass will end? It seems like it's been happening a lot this summer. Currently, the MBTA web site shows that buses will replace the trains for two weekends in August. Is this part of a larger project that will have a definite end date, or just business as usual for the Red Line? I am relatively new to the area, so not sure what to expect. Thanks!
The Red Line and the Green Line (C in particular) have had better mornings, as have their riders.
And speaking of the Green Line, at 11, some folks will see if they can outrun the Green Line between BC and Blandford Street. Watch them live.
Anywhere she wants.
Alison Farquhar recounts an incident on a Red Line shuttle out of Broadway this afternoon:
Belligerent old Polish lady INSISTED the JFK/Andrew shuttle should drop her off at Old Harbor... so it did.
It would be one thing if she accidentally got on the wrong bus and it was too late, but she was stalwart.
Before it even left Broadway: "Ma'am you need to get on the #9 or 11." "No! No!"
Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester man on charges he got right behind a woman in a skirt on an escalator going up at the Downtown Crossing T stop, pointed his phone under her skirt and began videoing.
Police say they know this because another woman, behind Anwar Jaffar, 33, watched the whole thing around 9:10 a.m. yesterday and promptly reported the incident to them.