Yes, it's another commute with signal problems at Braintee on the Red Line. However, all trains are operating with drivers.
WBZ reports the driver of the runaway train used a cord to tie down the speed-control lever to bypass the "dead-man's switch" feature before getting out of the train to flip the switch that would let the train travel through red signals - the ones that had been plaguing the Red Line in Braintree all week. Oops: He didn't set the train's brakes first.
WBUR reports Gov. Charlie Baker called the untended ride "an isolated incident" that resulted when "a single individual made multiple errors."
Kidlet got to school a bit early this morning and found this in the school library.
The T is warning of "moderate" delays on the Red Line to and from Braintree this afternoon, due to signal problems. Of course, Braintree has been having signal problems all week, including this morning, when a train left the station without the driver who had gotten out to deal with them.
State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack acknowledged this afternoon that the train's driver left the train to prep it to deal with signal problems that have plagued the Braintree branch of the Red Line all this week.
But at an afternoon press conference, Pollack added that "operator error" is the primary focus of an MBTA investigation into the incident - in which a train traveled from Braintree to North Quincy without a driver. Read more.
The T is investigating how a Red Line train managed to travel several miles from Braintree to the Neponset River without a driver at the controls.
Equipment tampering is one of the things investigators are looking at; trains aren't supposed to just move on their own volition, let alone travel several miles. The Herald reports the FBI is now on the case.
MassDOT reports: Read more.
UPDATE: T workers had to corral the train because it was coming down the tracks with no driver.
A train left its earthly body at North Quincy this morning, leaving the Red Line no choice but to immediately go into "severe delay" mode in both directions. But, hey, at least it wasn't signal problems today, amirite?
Transit Police report an Alewife train hit a woman as it entered Downtown Crossing around 6:40 p.m.
Power was shut in both directions to let firefighters extricate the body of the woman, about 42.
Shuttle buses replaced service between JFK/UMass and Harvard.
The incident happened less than 24 hours after a man wound up under a train at Broadway.
Just in time for the afternoon rush, the T is warning of "moderate" delays on the Red Line to Braintree.
My MBTA train is stuck at North Quincy and it sounds like an airplane about to take off.
The T is reporting continuing signal issues on the Braintree line, meaning Red Line riders who had problems getting home last night now have problems getting to work on time.
Shortly before 7 p.m. Transit Police report:
A male, age unknown , while trespassing on the right of way was struck by an inbound Red Line subway train. Boston Fire extricated the male and he was transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries. Shuttle bus service was set up between JFK and Park Street.
The MBTA reports "moderate" delays on the Red Line to Braintree due to signal problems, or as Dan Moore puts it: Read more.
Wes Dillingham captured a pencil sketch on the Red Line today.
An E Line trolley gave up the ghost at MFA, a Red Line train went express to Valhalla on the Braintree branch and an Orange Line train turned blue at Green. Or as MBTA Haiku put it:
Kicks off with a delayed train.
Cyber Monday gift.
The Herald reports comments by Frank DiPaola about that $80+ million in spending on new third rails, switch heaters and the like. Plus, they've got prisoners standing by to shovel out major snowfalls.
The Herald story is running on a morning when a train died on the Red Line, a trolley stopped functioning on the Mattapan Line and signal problems caused delays on the Blue Line.
Red Line riders say they appreciated the driver on their train who provided them with a unique way to remember the Paris victims today. As Anulfo Baez reports:
Really moved by this MBTA conductor welcoming people/announcing stops in French. "In honor of our friends...."
A T spokesman says:
The MBTA is very proud of Motor Person Michael Tsoukalas, who has been with the T for 20 years. A dedicated employee such as Michael represents all that is good about public service.
An Alewife train succumbed at Park Street around 6:40 p.m. and now growing numbers of riders are finding out just how many of them can be squeezed onto those platforms.
The MBTA has released what it says are the actual votes by people who care about the paint schemes for new cars on the Red and Orange Lines, and this time, they say, people voted for the same basic scheme for both, just in different colors, for the cars, which could be in service in a few years. Read more.
UPDATE: The Globe reports it's Florida all over again: The T has put the vote into abeyance until it can examine apparent voting irregularities.
Well, actually three winners. The MBTA has selected the final paint schemes for the new Green, Orange, and Red Line cars:
UPDATE: Some lines not affected by the signal problems are late because of the dreaded slippery rail.
The T is reporting delays on trains from the south due to Amtrak signal problems. And trains that would normally stop at Ruggles just aren't.
Also, trains decided it was Judgment Day on the Green and Red Lines and so gave up the ghost.