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By adamg - 11/27/23 - 9:19 am

An inbound Red Line train pulled into Andrew shortly before 6:30 a.m. and then it suffered an embarrassing door problem that forced all the trains behind it to back up until the T could get the train and its stuck door out of there.

By adamg - 11/15/23 - 12:21 pm

Sure, Harvard station filled with smoke shortly after 8 a.m., but after getting the offending train out of the station, the MBTA responded to several people alarmed by the possibility they were on or near a flaming train: Read more.

By adamg - 11/9/23 - 5:23 pm
Waiting at Park Street

Waiting for Godot, um, the Red Line, at Park.

The MBTA reports 20 minute delays on the Red Line that won't be helped by the elimination of slow zones because a train is deader than a doorknob at Charles/MGH, and, say, whatever happened to those brand-new Red Line trains, anyway? Read more.

By adamg - 11/9/23 - 10:04 am

MBTA General Manager Phillip Eng this morning released a proposed schedule for track repairs across most of the T subway system in 2024 that will mean more of the multi-day shutdowns riders have grown accustomed to over the past couple of years, but which he says will ultimately mean faster, smoother rides. Read more.

By adamg - 11/8/23 - 9:44 pm

The MBTA reports a Red Line train gave up the ghost at Quincy Adams bollixed up Braintree Line service tonight.

At least two Red Line trains died in the morning commute.

By adamg - 11/7/23 - 9:08 am

Transit Matters runs the numbers and finds that two-week shutdown of the Red Line's Ashmont branch and the Mattapan Line seems to have worked: The trains are back to their 2018 trip times.

By adamg - 11/6/23 - 8:57 am

Right out of the gate, at like 5:15 a.m., the T was announcing delays on the Red Line because of problems completing overnight repair work.

At 6:56 a.m., the T reported delays on the Orange Line after one of its new Orange Line trains developed a case of the Mondays at North Station. Read more.

By adamg - 11/1/23 - 1:36 pm
Man in white Harvard cap and jacket, with white beard, sought for indecent exposure at Porter Square MBTA stop

Surveillance photos via TPD.

Transit Police report they are looking for an older guy they say exposed himself at the Porter Square Red Line stop around 11 p.m. on Oct. 15 and that he reacted to somebody telling him to zip it up by kicking the person. Read more.

By adamg - 10/30/23 - 2:31 pm
Phil Eng rides a new Red Line car

Happy days are here again, rider tells MBTA's Phil Eng.

The T reports the 16-day shutdown of the two lines worked, at least so far: All 38 slow zones on the Mattapan Line and the Red Line's Ashmont branch have become normal zones again.

By adamg - 10/27/23 - 1:35 pm

Transit Police report that around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, a man "committed a lewd act" in front of several people waiting for a train at Andrew station. Detectives were able to track the guy, who has "a history of these offenses," and issued him a summons to appear in court for being open and gross, police say.

By adamg - 10/25/23 - 10:07 am
Bus painted to look like a train, sort of

Martin Owens noticed this unusual bus at Ashmont this morning doing shuttle duty as part of the MBTA's Mattapan/Red Line shuttle service.

By adamg - 10/22/23 - 12:27 pm

The MBTA reports some yahoo threw something on the tracks at Park Street that came into contact with the third rail around 7 a.m., shorting out the system and forcing the T to run shuttle buses between Harvard and Broadway until a maintenance crew could undo the damage. Service resumed around 8:20 a.m.

By adamg - 10/18/23 - 10:29 am

The MBTA reports delays of up to 20 minutes on the Red Line due to a train that's decided not to run anymore near Broadway.

By adamg - 10/16/23 - 10:34 am
Mattapan Line without tracks

Trackless Mattapan Line.

Lee Toma surveyed the Mattapan Line and the Red Line Ashmont branch, now in the thick of the MBTA's 16-day repair "surge." Read more.

By adamg - 10/13/23 - 9:02 pm

The Dorchester Reporter urges riders to plan ahead - and consider the Fairmount Line, which will be free to CharlieCard holders during the shutdown.

Tips from the city of Boston.

By adamg - 10/12/23 - 6:00 pm

A roving UHub correspondent found his roving suddenly coming to a halt on an outbound Red Line train just before Andrew around 4:40 p.m. due to a wheelchair just sitting in the tracks at the station. Read more.

By adamg - 9/30/23 - 9:05 pm

78 Glendale St. in Dorchester seems like just the place for a large family, with seven bedrooms and three bathrooms. And one Red Line room. Scroll through the interior photos at that link. Keep scrolling. It'll hit you: A wall-size mural of a Red Line train, only one that then extends into the hallway with a door that lets you enter a "train" room that looks like what you'd get if you turned a Red Line car into a room (only with a giant circled F instead of a T).

Via Ari Ofsevit.

By adamg - 9/30/23 - 11:10 am

The MBTA had to roll out buses to replace the Red Line between Alewife and Harvard this morning after a train exhaled its last at Porter Square, the deepest station on the line. Things are now back to what passes for normal these days, the T reports.

By adamg - 9/27/23 - 9:10 am

The MBTA announced today that the Fairmount Line will be free between Oct. 14 and 29, at least to people with CharlieCards - as a possible replacement for the Mattapan Line and Ashmont service on the Red Line, which will be shut then for track repairs. The T will also be running shuttle buses along the Mattapan and Ashmont lines then.

By adamg - 9/25/23 - 10:01 am

The MBTA had to shut Red Line service inbound from Harvard Square after paper in rubbish barrels along the tracks underneath Quincy Street caught fire around 9:30 a.m. Read more.

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