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Red Line needs emergency maintenance after maintenance vehicle comes off the tracks, takes out the third rail at Park; thousands wait in broiling sun for shuttle buses

MBTA track workers at Park Street try to fix rail problems

They'll be working on the railroad, all the live long day. Photo by Just Some Dude.

Update, 10:16 a.m.: The MBTA reports normal Red Line service has resumed.

A maintenance vehicle being used for some overnight work at Park Street derailed this morning, knocking out the third rail and completely disrupting the morning commute.

The T wrangled some buses to shuttle riders between Harvard and Broadway, but, of course, they proved unable to completely replace multi-car subway trains and riders from Cambridge to South Boston faced long waits just to get on a bus - at the start of what could be the hottest day of the year.

By 8:40 or so, T workers had managed to re-rail the thing so that they could drive it away from Park Street, in this photo forwarded by Tom Brand. He adds that once the vehicle cleared the Longfellow, it was driven off the tracks and onto the road, after T workers removed a portion of fence.

Maintenance vehicle on the tracks on the Longfellow Bridge
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The MBTA failures like this are why people don't want to go into the office. These failures are also why people prefer to drive when they do go in to the office.

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Remember this comment on the daily stories of deadly car crashes, trucks hitting bridges on Storrow Drive, and the million other disasters that happen on roads around Boston.

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Driving takes too long.

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see photo for the answer on this creative take to the lightbulb joke

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The running of the bulls in Pamplona Spain or running for the shuttle buses in Boston.

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Do the bulls have googly eyes?

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Click clack, click clack
Running down the Harvard track
Red Line never seems to run on time
There, you have my little rhyme.

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They actually probably will “push it off the Longfellow” in a certain sense—there’s a “truck pad” at the Cambridge end to allow road/rail vehicles like this one to come on and off the tracks.

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If MBTA municipalities start installing more quick-build protected bike lanes it could go a long way toward providing people with an alternative transportation option during incidents.

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..from Bowdoin to Central.

Thanks yet again MBTA, don't expect much more from you anymore.

If we can't live close to our jobs because the real estate mafia has a chokehold on housing, and we can't rely on public transit because corrupt Republicans have gutted it, and the bike network in neighboring cities is insufficient, poorly planned or just non-existent, wtf are we supposed to do?

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Eddie Blake would find this hilarious.

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The buses they wrangled up to use as shuttles were pulled from the normal bus lines, so there was a sudden shortage of buses and consequent delays all over the place, too. At least ProximiT warned me about "20 minute delay due to Red Line shuttle" for my bus in Brighton.

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ProximiT is great. I rarely wait more than a few minutes for a train or bus thanks to it.

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