The MBTA reports workers are continuing to hammer away at JFK/UMass signal problems have turned Red Line trains into giant turtles with seats.
Around 8:06, the MBTA dolefully reported delays of up to 10 minutes on the Red Line due to a train that went DOA near Harvard. At 8:26, the T upped the delays into town to 30 minutes even though crews had managed to get the train the hell off the tracks. Passengers piled up like cordwood all up and down the Red Line. Patrick Ryan reported from Dorchester: Read more.
Before 7 a.m., the Red Line had trains up and die at Downtown Crossing and Kendall. Before 8, another train decided it could no longer go on and so just stopped between North Quincy and JFK/UMass.
UPDATE: Both firefighters and police departed the tracks at 3:05 p.m.; service resumed around 3:35 p.m.
Boston firefighters are on scene trying to extricate the person.
The MBTA reports it is running shuttle buses between JFK/UMass and Park Street.
The MBTA reports Red Line delays of up to ten minutes due to a train with "mechanical issues" at Kendall that belched a lot of smoke.
The MBTA reports Red Line delays of up to 15 minutes due to an inbound train near Central that developed signal troubles and had to be removed from service, and you know how long that can take.
It was another weary morning for commuters on the Red and Green Lines due to a Red Line train that developed mechanical problems near Harvard and trolleys that started pondering the meaning of life inbound at Sutherland Road and outbound at Arlington. But the T says all is fine and dandy again.
Transit Police have released a photo of a man they say will be charged with assault and battery on a 71-year-old man for an incident at the Ashmont Red Line station on Jan. 11.
WBZ interviewed the victim, who said he was about to tap his CharlieCard when he spotted the guy come up behind him and force his way through with the man, who tried to keep him from piggybacking.
The MBTA reports things are back to normal on the Red Line, after delays caused by a train that up and died at JFK/UMass.
The Cambridge Fire Department reports there was a bit of flaming trash between Harvard and Porter stations this morning, but that it was quickly extinguished and that train service was not interrupted because of it.
Red Line service came to a halt on the Ashmont branch around 8 a.m. after a person wound up under a train at the Fields Corner station. The T is using buses instead between Ashmont and JFK/UMass.
NBC Boston reports the person was extricated shortly before 9 a.m., conscious, with possible broken bones.
The MBTA reports Red Line delays of up to ten minutes due to a train that developed "a motor problem" at JFK/UMass toward Braintree. The train has been taken out back - after passengers were asked to detrain and shield their eyes.
A Winter Knight sums up the morning commute into town from the south:
I scheduled myself an HOUR to get from Quincy Adams to Park Street. "Track problems", then "We are experiencing smoke on this train, coming out of service."
Update, 10:47 p.m. Problem fixed, normal service resumed.
The MBTA reports "a track issue" on the outbound side is forcing Alewife trains to halt at Harvard, so riders have to detrain, then go upstairs, where a shuttle train is running on what are normally the inbound tracks between Harvard and Alewife (the reverse then holds for people from the north trying to get into Boston).
Let's see: There was smoke on the tracks near South Station and a train was taken out of service. Then another train approaching South Station from the south had some mechanical issues. But as of 9 a.m., service is back to normal, the T advises.
The MBTA reports delays of up to 15 minutes on the Red Line into town from Quincy due to a train that had to be taken out of service due to some sort of door issue.
If we had a dime for every T delay, we'd be rich. Here are the ones we rhymed in 2018. It's far from a complete list of delays - we missed a few and didn't do rhymes for delays caused by deaths or that involved people being forced to walk through tunnels to escape from dead trains. Read more.
Update: Mere seconds after posting this around 9:15 a.m., we started seeing reports of new delays heading towards Alewife.
A Red Line train died near Andrew during rush hour, causing delays for riders going into town from Dorchester, about an hour after signal problems near Davis caused delays for riders going into town from Cambridge and Somerville.
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