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By adamg - 2/4/23 - 2:09 pm
Crashed car

The MBTA reports Alewife station is closed "due to an auto accident with the building structure." The Cambridge Fire Department reports the driver of a car on the top garage level slammed into a wall - intentionally, Transit Police say. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/23 - 12:39 pm

The MBTA had to stop the Red Line between Broadway and JFK/UMass this morning because of "a downed fence blocking the track area" near Andrew Square. And then there were the disabled trains it had to push/shove/somehow remove from the tracks on the Braintree branch.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 9:22 pm

CommonWealth reports Gov. Healey said she would rather work with CRRC than fight it, but that something has to be done about the fact that the company's Springfield plant hasn't shipped a new Red or Orange Line car here in more than seven months.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 5:09 pm

The MBTA reports southbound delays of up to 15 minutes on the Red Line due to a train suffering a coronary at Porter Square.

Video of a train being taken out of service at Park Street, no long after, with special guest appearance by a leaking ceiling in the station.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 4:09 pm

The MBTA is reporting delays of up to 15 minutes on the Orange Line due to a signal problem near North Station.

The outbound Red Line, meanwhile, is delayed as Transit Police swarm Harvard station to confront a large group of rowdy kids.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 9:42 am

The MBTA reports things are back to what passes for hunky dory on the Red Line now that they've disposed of a train with a "mechanical problem" at Fields Corner, so the governor should have no problems as she takes a ride on the Red Line at 12:30 to show her concern about T issues - from Park Street to South Station, from which she is supposed to walk to the T operations center on High Street, which, based on the continuing extra time between trains on the Red Line, is still understaffed.

By adamg - 1/31/23 - 2:20 pm

Red Line service in both directions was shut after a man wound up on the tracks at Park Street around 1:45 p.m.

The T is now running shuttle buses between Harvard Square and Broadway.

By adamg - 1/27/23 - 9:43 am

An inbound Red Line train at Andrew had to be taken out of service when it began to get more than just a tad smoky. The T reports: "The train had an issue with the heating/AC unit on top of one of the cars. The unit has been shut off and the train was sent to the yard," no doubt to think about what it had done.

By adamg - 1/26/23 - 9:35 pm

Fed-up passengers shove a belligerent, spitting homophobe off a Red Line train at South Station while another guy is sprawled across several seats, sleeping through it all.

By adamg - 1/26/23 - 5:24 pm

The Globe reports the T hasn't gotten a single new subway car in seven months now. CommonWealth reports on some of the numbers - and says the Chinese company the T hired wants it to pay for the added costs of Trump-era tariffs on Chinese goods, which the T could balance by implementing the $500-a-day penalties the contract allows for late deliveries.

By adamg - 1/26/23 - 3:19 pm
Rolled over truck

BlueEyesRedHair got a look at the 18-wheeler flipped on its side on the Expressway southbound at Savin Hill early this afternoon. Read more.

By adamg - 1/20/23 - 4:48 pm

A man with a criminal record dating to 1990 was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bail at his arraignment on a charge that he robbed the TD Bank branch at 250 Cambridge St. on Beacon Hill on Tuesday afternoon, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 1/17/23 - 11:35 pm

WriteHandMan reports that around 6 p.m., the driver of an 18-wheeler got good and stuck under the bridge that carries the Red Line over Freeport Street in Dorchester - causing 20-minute delays on the Red Line. Read more.

By adamg - 1/16/23 - 9:14 pm

The MBTA reports there were delays of up to 20 minutes inbound on the Braintree branch of the Red Line after a train developed one of those embarassing "mechanical issues" shortly before 8:30 p.m. But everybody's back to as hunky-dory as it gets on the Red Line these days, the T says.

By adamg - 1/15/23 - 5:38 pm

The Globe talks to former workers at the CRRC plant in Springfield about why they're former workers, notes that the T has not gotten a single new Orange or Red Line car from there since September.

By adamg - 1/15/23 - 2:40 pm

The MBTA reports delays of up to 15 minutes on the inbound Braintree line due to a train with one of those dreaded mechanical issues near Braintree.

By adamg - 1/13/23 - 10:04 am

Transit Police report arresting three of the four people they say got on the Red Line at Harvard with a crowbar, then used it to threaten people they beat and robbed on a trip that ended at the Fenway Green Line stop, where they got off a trolley and smashed the crowbar into a person's face before running towards Brookline Thursday afternoon. Read more.

By adamg - 1/11/23 - 7:14 pm
Window smasher on the T

Alleged teen window smasher on a Red Line train.

Transit Police report snaring a pair of junior-grade miscreants on the Red Line as part of a recent wave of vandalism on the T: Read more.

By adamg - 1/9/23 - 11:22 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports the entrance, closed since November as a menace, could re-open after workers finish getting it back into safe shape.

By adamg - 1/4/23 - 12:05 pm

The Globe got a hold of a letter from a T official to the head of the CRRC plant in Springfield that lists more than a dozen critical problems with the way the company is ever so slowly manufacturing new Orange Line and Red Line cars that are arriving here with critical problems - some of which the T says it's been complaining about for years - and accuses the company of "completely abandoning" any concept of quality control.

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