A concerned citizen pleads for action:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
MBTA 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.
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:
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.
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. ...
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.
A South End carjacking that ended with a crash near the JFK/UMass T stop had police searching Red Line trains for the suspect this morning.
MBTA Transit Police investigating a report of a man exposing himself at the Red Line stop Sunday evening arrested Enrique Lopes on charges he grabbed the buttocks of one woman - and suspect him for grabbing another woman.
Boston Police tweet on the accident early this afternoon. MBTA spokeswoman Lydia Rivera says an inspector came in contact with an exposed wire and was shocked, never lost consciousness and was taken to Boston Medical Center with a non-life threatening injury.
Switching problems at JFK/UMass are causing all sorts of problems on the Red Line tonight.
Alison: "Just took me 45 minutes to get from Park Street to JFK Umass with some chick coughing swine flu on me."
Laura Vogel: " 'We are experiencing high delays' - what does that even mean?? Red Line, Davis to Park, at least give us an ETA!"
Funktionslust: "Longest MBTA ride ever. Helped by 60 minute wait at JFK."
Jay Svoboda posts some video so you can hear the marching-band music blaring out of the loudspeakers at the JFK/UMass stop on the Red Line.
Nothing like signal problems on a Monday morning. This morning's best Red Line tweet:
T stuck between alewife & porter. missed the shuttle. mbta bus late. cornered on bus by stranger who Likes To Talk. yay monday.
And file this under: good to know:
So the food stand at the JFK/Umass stop was out of coffee. The employee went into the MBTA bathroom then proceeded to fill pot. No joke. Yum