Morning Red Line commute was no lark due to dead train between Braintree and Park

Long delays on the Red Line in Quincy

Some headway this morning. Photo by Matt Lacob.

The T says it's gotten the deceased train off the tracks, but that sort of thing always means residual delays and extra jammed cars. Sutter reports:

Passenger on the platform @ Wollaston asked if we can move in a little more. Everyone in the car said "NO." in unison.

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Thoughts & Prayers

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To any delayed commuters who are waiting outside. It's COLD out!

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Ashmont

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Brutal timing. 15 min between trains at 8:00am.

At least there was plenty of body heat in the sardine can.

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Smoke a bong

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Another stressful commute on the red line, now that smoking a bong is legal puffing away on the platform will relieve stress. Its not like the Transit Police enforce the no smoking cigarette rules.

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Hahaha

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That's great! Wait I forgot what I was saying lol

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Billing the T my hours lost

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I'm actually serious. An hour freezing my extremities off on an unheated outdoor platform in sub-freezing temperatures instead of actually working and making money. Expect the invoice later today MBTA, I'll be generous and give 30 day terms.

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Nothing in state law or on

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Nothing in state law or on the website or fare tariff, etc. says so. I've never heard of such a requirement (at least around here).

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Nope, they recinded the 'on-time guarantee'

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and stopped giving refunds in June of 2011. Given the performance of the system today, as compared to five years ago, that was probably a good decision on management's part.

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Man those were the days

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Although I wonder if the desire to be on time has diminished now that there's refund program.

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yesterday

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Yesterday there was a 12-15-minute gap in northbound service right at 5:30, with no alerts posted.

I rely on a site such as http://www.mbtainfo.com/red/RPRK to let me know if something is amiss.

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And now there's a "police action"

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Which I love because of its vagueness - could be anything from a Sting showing up for a popup cover of "Don't Stand So Close To Me" to a gangland shootout on the platform

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Every time

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Every time I hear "Police Action" some how my mind goes into the gutter.....

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Gotta love the people that

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Gotta love the people that say "can you move in a little" whren the train is clearly packed. This always happens @ Wollaston There were people who couldn't get on @ Quincy Center so NO you're not gonna get on

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To be fair, on the Orange

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To be fair, on the Orange Line at least there are always people that don't actually move in at all. I've given up on asking and either gently nudge them back or push around them. Most of the time it's people who get on the train, stand in one spot, and then bury their face in a phone, book, etc. completely oblivious to their surroundings until their stop.

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