Somewhere between JFK/UMass and Braintree, a Red Line train saw eternity and now there are "moderate" delays on the line.
A MassDOT report concludes the driver of the infamous train was to blame for it heading towards town by itself, but notes the T is also aiming to fix the condition that led him to leave the train in the first place - problems with an old cabling system leased from Verizon that was making signals fail and trains stop on the tracks south of North Quincy. Read more.
The T's reporting some travails getting riders into town from Braintree due to a train that decided to join Elijah. This was after earlier signal problems near JFK/UMass.
WBZ reports on the incident yesterday in the road outside the Barnes & Noble near South Shore Plaza.
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."
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.
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.
The MBTA reports "moderate" delays on the Red Line to Braintree due to signal problems, or as Dan Moore puts it: Read more.
David Parsons watched the horde sweep into H&M at South Shore Plaza early on Black Friday.
Ed. note: We went in the afternoon, when things were a bit calmer. But much of the second floor smelled overwhelmingly of stale popcorn butter - like a popcorn butter truck had exploded and they hadn't finished cleaning it up. Also, Lord & Taylor had a DJ at their first-floor entrance playing "Uptown Funk" cranked to 11 - who knew the store's demographic had changed so much.
Photo copyright David Parsons. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
The T is currently advising of "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to a recalcitrant switch in Braintree.
Jim Corbo noticed some sign fixing on Haywood Street in Braintree.
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Because if you do that, a police officer might get curious and amble over to see what you're up to.
Transit Police report arresting Ryan Ross, 30, on a charge of receiving stolen property worth more than $250 around 9:15 p.m. yesterday after officers on patrol noticed him doing just that in the lobby of the Braintree Red Line stop:
Boston Police report arresting Brandon Jones, 20, for allegedly trying to end an argument at Boston Garden last night with a knife.
The victim, a man in his early 20s, was taken to Mass. General and is expected to survive, police say.
The Patriot Ledger reports Transit Police are looking for 10 to 15 Braintree High School students who apparently decided to celebrate a trip to the Garden to watch their classmates in a basketball game last night by "smashing windows in a Red Line train packed with around 200 students in Braintree uniforms."
Jack Cawley reports:
I did not find this reassuring at Braintree station.
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