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By adamg - 6/17/19 - 2:55 pm

Mayor Walsh thundered on Twitter today: Read more.

By adamg - 6/17/19 - 9:00 am
Scrawl at Fields Corner against man buns and a man with a man bun

Joel Pettigrew was not expecting to be personally attacked by a scrawl on a pillar at the Fields Corner Red Line station this morning.

By adamg - 6/16/19 - 9:20 pm

The MBTA is advising Red Line riders to leave an extra 20 minutes or so to get where they're going tomorrow because of the ongoing signal issues at JFK/UMass left over from the derailment last week.

By adamg - 6/15/19 - 9:30 pm

UPDATE: The T now reports: "As of Sunday, June 16, Braintree branch riders will no longer need to switch trains at JFK/UMass."

As promised, the MBTA sent test trains down the repaired Red Line track at JFK/UMass today to see if it's ready for service on Monday. Only they ran into a problem that had nothing to do with the track: One of the test trains suffered mechanical problems and died - which led to 20-minute delays along the Braintree branch.

By adamg - 6/14/19 - 4:47 pm
Workers doing track work at JFK/UMass

Working on the tracks at JFK/UMass this afternoon.

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said this afternoon he hopes the T can restore "single seat" service to and from Braintree on the Red Line by Monday, but that a final decision will be made late Sunday afternoon, after a series of test runs by trains over the track that was damaged - along with the third rail and switch - by a train that derailed on Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/19 - 11:01 am
Workers at signal bungalow at JFK/UMass

From his seat on a commuter-rail train, Jed Hresko got a good view of the work this morning to repair the signal bungalows and tracks at JFK/UMass that were damaged in the Red Line derailment on Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/19 - 12:08 am

The MBTA says repairs are continuing on the tracks and signal systems taken out in Tuesday's derailment but say they won't know until this weekend when they might be able to resume direct Braintree service.

The MBTA will provide a schedule update on Sunday regarding resumption of Braintree branch service resuming through JFK/UMass.

By adamg - 6/13/19 - 1:48 pm
Everybody off the train at Andrew

Just because Red Line riders are still affected by Tuesday's derailment doesn't mean other things can't go wrong. Jules Wang was among the people ordered off an outbound train that developed a sudden case of the vapors or something at Andrew around 1:30 p.m. - at the same time the T was announcing Ashmont delays due to "police activity" at Fields Corner.

By adamg - 6/12/19 - 4:45 pm

The MBTA reports that riders on the Red Line's Braintree branch will continue to have to change trains at JFK/UMass if they don't follow T advice and take commuter rail instead, because of ongoing problems caused by the derailment yesterday. Read more.

By adamg - 6/12/19 - 8:56 am
Damaged signal equipment at JFK/UMass

The car that derailed damaged signal equipment at JFK/UMass. Photo via MassDOT.

The MBTA reports it'll be shutting the subway line down at 11 a.m. to try to make signal repairs related to the derailment yesterday: Read more.

By adamg - 6/11/19 - 4:06 pm

State Police report the ramps to and from the expressway at Exit 15 (Columbia Point) will be shut at 7 p.m. so workers can try to do something about that derailed Red Line train at JFK/UMass. When will they reopen? State Police say your guess is as good as theirs.

By adamg - 6/11/19 - 12:04 pm
By adamg - 6/11/19 - 7:11 am
Red Line train off the rails

Derailed Red Line train. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports evacuating 60 people from an outbound Braintree train that derailed at JFK/UMass around 6:10 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/19 - 7:18 pm

Blame signal issues at JFK/UMass for delays of up to 25 minutes, the T says.

By adamg - 5/26/19 - 5:33 pm
Two hot dogs on the Red Line

Fortunately, the air conditioning on the Red Line was working, Darbie reports.

By adamg - 5/22/19 - 10:15 am
Wanted for Shawmut armed robbery

UPDATE: Arrest made.

Transit Police have released photos of a guy they say arranged over social media to meet somebody with an "expensive iPhone" to sell - which they say he then stole at knifepoint. Read more.

By adamg - 5/21/19 - 7:19 am

The MBTA has replaced trains with buses along the Ashmont line due to a train that came off the rails just past the station. Count on an hour to get from Ashmont to JFK.

TV stations rushed their helicopters to the scene because a derailed train brings all the copters to the Ashmont yard.

By adamg - 5/18/19 - 11:55 am
View across the Charles towards the Back Bay from the Red Line on the Longfellow Bridge

Erin Kane got an unobstructed view from the Red Line as it crossed the Longfellow Bridge this morning:

Boston on a sunny spring day is pretty great

By adamg - 5/15/19 - 11:22 am

MassLive.com reports a congressional committee will look at the potential national-security threat posed by letting American subway systems buy rolling stock from a Chinese company with an assembly plant in Springfield - you just never know if the Chinese government will install cameras and use them to spy on us God-fearing Americans. Read more.

By adamg - 5/15/19 - 8:57 am

Transit Police report that four of the five people they say punched a man at the North Quincy T stop hard enough to break bones in his face turned themselves in. Read more.

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