One train's get up and go got up and left at Alewife, causing "severe" delays on the Red Line, the MBTA reports.
Somewhere, a Red Line train paid its fare to the ferryman and now riders who just want to get home get to enjoy the company of their fellow commuters. At 6:17 p.m., Mark Peter Detwiler reported:
Issues on the redline southbound, been waiting at Park 25 minutes for a braintree train.
Police stopped the Red Line in both directions shortly before 9:45 p.m. because of a guy dumping things on the tracks at Broadway, including what appeared to be one of those heavy bomb-resistant trash barrels. Read more.
UPDATE: Statement by Transit Police.
Jamie Davenport reports on an incident Thursday night on a Red Line train ordered held at South Station until the police could clear a group of rowdy black teens off her car. She watched silently - until a cop ordered a black kid who wasn't part of the group off the train as well: Read more.
Blake Stacey reports from an inbound Red Line train sitting in the tunnel just short of Central Square:
There is literally a trash fire on the tracks in front of us (just north of Central).
Conductor on PA: "It's just newspaper, don't worry."
State House News Service reports 55 congressmen want the Treasury department to investigate the way a Chinese company won the bid to build new Red Line and Orange Line trains, in part because of allegations it was able to submit a low-ball bid due to Chinese government subsidies, in part because they worry about the Chinese gaining access to critical national infrastructure, such as rail lines. Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Somerville) did not sign on, saying he wants to learn more first.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Red Line's Ashmont branch due to signal problems at Ashmont.
A train that came up lame at Alewife is now causing "moderate" delays on the Red Line. Or as one rider puts it:
I am now 1hr into my 1hr commute, and nowhere near my destination.
A Red Line rider forwards this photo of a guy who tried and failed to get the attention of the two women on either side of him, or maybe upskirt them, on an Alewife-bound train between JFK/UMass and South Station.
However, the cars in question were built by CSR in China, while our new Red Line and Orange Line trains, to be delivered by 2022, will be built in Springfield.
People stuck on the Red Line are reporting their drivers are telling them there's maybe a fire or maybe a police action or maybe even both at Porter Square, but whatever it is, Red Line riders would dearly love to be somewhere else right now.
With the higher-fare clock counting down to Friday, Red Line riders are experiencing all sorts of delays thanks to a deceased train at Alewife this morning.
Kylejemge watched the driver of an outbound Red Line train get out of the train and put a fire extinguisher to good use just before Charles/MGH this afternoon:
Climbed back in and kept going.
The T posted a couple photos today of the Springfield site where a Chinese company is building a factory that will build new Orange Line and Red Line cars, which are expected to roll out between late 2018 and 2022.
A power cable that caught fire at Charles/MGH around 1:40 a.m. meant no service between Kendall Square and Park Street first thing this morning. The T announced around 7 a.m. that repairs had been finished and service was resuming, but with "residual" delays.
Phillip Naslund wonders if the fare increase means the T will be able to pay the electric bill for Porter Square station.
The delays have been reduced from "moderate" to "minor" on the inbound Red Line due to a train that let Elijah carry it upward at Shawmut.