Trains on both the Orange and Red Lines took a look at the thermometer earlier this morning and decided not to get out of bed, causing delays for people who had reasons to be places. Both lines are now back to normal, the T reports.
Dot Malone came across some storrowing action on Conley Street, off Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester around 8 a.m. - a driver manage to wedge his or her truck nice and tight under the Red Line's Braintree branch.
But at least it was, they say, fixed before rush hour. At 2:57, the T reported delays on the Red Line after a train could go no more at JFK/UMass. About an hour later, the T reported delays on the Red Line due to signal problems at JFK/UMass. No word if the two incidents were connected (it has, of course, been known to happen).
The MBTA reports an inbound Red Line train left Broadway around 8 a.m., then thought better of it and decided to just sit there - about an hour after another train died outbound at Harvard. Katelyn reports from the train: Read more.
The MBTA reports inbound delays of up to 10 minutes due to a dead train that has to be shoved out of the way at Central. Yael reports from Harvard that people are being told the problem is "debris" on the tracks at Central, which doesn't seem like a nice way to refer to one of the Red Line's old warhorses, unless maybe it didn't just die, but dropped some parts, too.
The MBTA reported delays of up to 30 minutes on the Ashmont branch of the Red Line this morning after a train left this mortal coil at JFK/UMass, leaving behind only a cold, dead husk that had to be pushed out of the way by another, still breathing train.
Lm3r reported from Central Square around 9:20 a.m. that several MBTA workers were down on the tracks, apparently installing a new metal thingee that connects one of the rails to the ties - about the same time the T was reporting Red Line delays of up to ten minutes due to track work at Central. Read more.
Even as state officials keep boasting of $8 billion in upcoming new trains and tracks and stuff, the T is continuing to suffer serious safety and other problems because of inadequate maintenance of the trains and facilities it already has, caused in large part by ineffective policy setting by constantly changing leadership, according to a report by a panel formed to investigate T safety issues. Read more.