By - 1/6/14 - 8:21 am

Dead trains at JFK/UMass and Harvard creating all sorts of fun for commuters this morning.

Various commuter-rail lines into North Station also having various issues. The Fitchburg Line has major delays because the 6:55 train hit somebody near Snake Hill Road in Ayer. The MBTA reports the person's injuries are not considered life threatening.

By - 12/31/13 - 10:53 pm

Transit and Boston Police and EMTs responded to the busway at JFK/UMass around 10:40 p.m., where a man showed up sliced in the throat and chest, although not life-threateningly so. Transit Police report he was stabbed off T property, but wound up there.

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 an ashmont car that’s not moving!

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 out of the way a little after 9 a.m.

Anna Lawless was on the pusher train:

After sitting outside Ruggles for 20 mins, we seem to be pushing the disabled train ahead of us.

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

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

By - 10/5/13 - 9:01 am

The crashed cruiser at JFK/UMass. Photo by Kevin Aries.


A man apparently breaking into a car outside 97 Baxter Street in South Boston around 4 a.m. was interrupted by police officers, who began running after him.

He then jumped into one of their cruisers and floored it, hitting at least two of them, sending them to the hospital with minor injuries, a source says. They got off several shots at the fleeing car, but didn't hit him. A few minutes later, he crashed into a guard rail by the JFK/UMass T stop. Police then nabbed him, placed him under arrest and put him in another cruiser - in the back, in handcuffs.

UPDATE: Boston Police identify the suspect as Wilfredo Rodriguez, 37, of South Boston. He faces a variety of charges.

By - 7/20/13 - 12:27 am

BroxtonTransit Police report arresting Christopher Broxton, 36, of Quincy, on charges he grabbed money out of a Red Line rider's hands at JFK/UMass on Monday.

By - 7/18/13 - 11:18 am

Transit Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office are investigating after the body of a white man, believed to be in his 40s, was found this morning.

Also found dead, yesterday in Lincoln, Stephen "Stippo" Rakes, who had his liquor store taken away by Whitey Bulger.

By - 7/17/13 - 11:52 am

UPDATE: Arrest made.

Transit Police report they are looking for a man who went up to somebody counting money on the Red Line platform around 9:40 p.m. on Monday, grabbed the money, then fled up the stairs to Columbia Road.

Photos and video after the jump, but first a fun little game: Guess the guy's race.

By - 1/3/13 - 7:18 am

UPDATE: A second Red Line train died at Alewife; another Green Line trolley gave up the ghost, bollxing up outbound C and E service. Commuter rail? You don't want to know.

In this young year, the Red Line is now 2 for 2 in morning-commute delays due to dead trains, this time at JFK/UMass, but today has the extra bonus of delays due to "weather-related issues."

Meghan C. reports it took her 75 minutes to get from Braintree to MGH.

By - 12/20/12 - 8:07 am

MBTA Transit Police report a Red Line rider and her cash were reunited this holiday season thanks to an honest fellow passenger.

Last Friday afternoon, police say, a guy on his way into town who was about to sit down at JFK/UMass started to move what he thought was some trash on the seat:

By - 12/5/12 - 3:23 pm

Boston Police report they are looking for a guy who is robbing women coming out of the JFK/UMass, Savin Hill, Shawmut and Ashmont T stop between 7 and 10:30 p.m.

In some of the incidents, the suspect, described as a black male with a thin build, age 20-30, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and showed a handgun. The male suspect has engaged victims in a brief conversation before demanding money.

By - 8/28/11 - 12:44 pm

Fallen tree on Red Line

The MBTA forwarded this photo of a tree down on the Red Line just south of Fields Corner and this photo of a tree down just north of JFK/UMass:

By - 8/12/11 - 1:09 pm

PaulMBTA Transit Police report arresting a man they say was about to sell some drugs at the JFK/UMass Red Line stop yesterday evening.

Robert Paul, 36, of Roxbury, was allegedly packing meth, pot, heroin, oxycodone and diazepam when two officers interrupted him and a potential buyer near a Columbia Road exit gate around 7:30 p.m. He also had a portable digital scale, a glass pipe and 13 spare plastic bags, along with a folding knife and $237 in cash, police say.

Because the station sits next to the Boston Collegiate Charter School, he will be charged with a variety of offenses in a school zone. He is also wanted on a parole violation in Concord, NH, where he was convicted of armed robbery, police say.

By - 5/30/11 - 8:00 pm

State Police shut down Carson Beach and the roads around it and the JFK/UMass T stop when a giant brawl broke out around 5:30 p.m., according to Local 718 and Shawn Granniss.

Channel 4 reports as many as 1,000 people showed up for a gang fight, and that this was the third day in a row of gang trouble at the beach.

J.J. Leslie tweets:

By - 1/18/11 - 10:25 pm

How about "a structural problem" that has closed the bus ramp to JFK/UMass? The T is running a shuttle bus between JFK and Andrew.

Oh, and there's a boring disabled train at Braintree.

By - 10/22/10 - 7:30 pm

Ed Forry watched a tragedy averted this afternoon:

At about 4:40 this afternoon, I walked down the stairs to the platform to catch an Ashmont train that was just arriving. At the platform, I saw several passengers gathering to look into the outbound pit, and saw a young woman lying flat on her back in the middle of the tracks, just four feet away from the third rail. ...

By - 9/23/10 - 10:53 pm

For the second night in a row, somebody fell on subway tracks, but this time with a happier outcome.

Boston Fireman reports a man in a wheelchair somehow wound up in the pit at JFK/UMass shortly before 10:30 p.m. Power was shut off northbound and toward both Ashmont and Braintree as fire crews got the man and his chair off the tracks.

Channel 7 tweets the man is 65 and was taken to Boston Medical Center. The incident is, as they say, under investigation.