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Track fire south of Porter proves a real Red Line thwarter

A track fire just past the inbound side of Porter Square on the Red Line around 9 p.m. bollixed service tonight long after Cambridge firefighters extinguished the blaze.

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The reports last night were that the T was turning trains back at Harvard, which was probably a good decision. But my question is whether the power systems are separate for the separate tunnels in that area. If so, could one track be shut down with single-track operation on the other? This would allow service to be maintained to all stations. Might not be possible, though, especially with fire personnel headed down the long stairs at Porter.

The Tweets sent out by the T were quite informative and transparent, which is a far cry from the "The Red Line is experiencing moderate delays" tweets of the past.

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Is the deepest station in the system over 100 feet underground. A fire on the tracks could cause major problems for firefighters. Evacuating passengers and the homeless who live in the emergency exits which are the longest and deepest in the system would require a lot of firefighters. Just the thought of riding up the longest escalators in the state in a smoke filled station makes me shiver.

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