Red Line

By - 8/14/18 - 1:15 pm
Not the seats we'll get on the Red Line

These are only placeholder seats.

As officials from the MBTA and CRRC, the company building our new Red and Orange Line cars, awaited a visit from the governor this afternoon, they explained the mock up on display on City Hall Plaza has something the actual cars won't: Shiny, slippery fiberglass seats that make riders feel like they're going to get closer than they want to to their neighbors on curves and coming into stations. Read more.

By - 8/13/18 - 10:57 am
Test Red Line car on City Hall Plaza

Glenn Whidden reports workers were busy on City Hall Plaza this morning setting up a mock-up of a new Red Line car - about two-thirds the length of the actual cars - for public inspection. Read more.

By - 8/12/18 - 9:12 pm

MassDOT reports engineers have concluded the spot repairs done over the weekend are good enough that the garage at the Alewife T stop can re-open for business at 5 a.m. on Monday. The state began a rolling shutdown of 500 spaces at a time in the garage after concrete plunged onto a car Wednesday. Read more.

By - 8/10/18 - 1:14 pm

WCVB reports more concrete came plummeting down at the garage at the Alewife T station today. MassDOT reports:

Through ongoing assessments and repair work, additional areas of deteriorated concrete that need to be addressed have been discovered. As such, the garage will be closed over the weekend to address these areas and to expedite the repair plan.

By - 8/9/18 - 6:19 pm

MassDOT reports that the total number of spaces at the Alewife garage will once again be down 500 spaces tomorrow as crews roam the station making "spot repairs" following yesterday's plunge of some concrete onto a car. Read more.

By - 8/8/18 - 11:51 pm

MassDOT reports a piece of "delaminated concrete" fell on a car parked on the second floor of the garage at Alewife station this afternoon. Read more.

By - 8/8/18 - 2:40 pm

Shamus Moynihan captured a Red Line mock-up car in South Boston today, probably on its way from the dock (at which it arrived from China) to the Red Line yard (don't worry, the actual cars will be bigger). Read more.

By - 8/7/18 - 10:35 pm

Daniel Brim was among the people trapped in an un-air-conditioned car on an Alewife-bound Red Line train that had started to leave Park Street when it suddenly just stopped around 6:30 p.m. He reports on the increasingly dire situation that ended only when people tried (and failed) to bust open a door and called 911 about heat stroke: Read more.

By - 8/7/18 - 6:29 pm

The MBTA reports delays of up to 20 minutes on the Red Line because of a train with a recalcitrant door at Charles/MGH.

By - 8/6/18 - 5:29 pm
Horrible conditions on the Red Line

South Station sucks right now. Photo by Meri Persisted.

The T is reporting major delays - as in like 30 minutes - due to "a track problem" between Quincy Center and Wollaston.

Meri Persisted reports from a packed South Station: Read more.

By - 7/27/18 - 5:28 pm

A heap of trash on the tracks at Charles/MGH naturally chose rush hour to combust into flames, causing delays on the Red Line.

By - 7/17/18 - 6:15 pm

The MBTA is reporting Alewife-bound delays of up to 20 minutes due to a train with "a power problem" at Charles/MGH.

By - 7/16/18 - 10:02 am
Red Line car mockup

MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramirez posted a couple of photos of the Red Line mockup the T received hot off the boat from China (don't worry - the real cars will be longer and have more doors); says that after T engineers give the thing a thorough inspection, it'll be put up somewhere for public viewing.

By - 7/12/18 - 6:18 pm

The MBTA reports an outbound train flatlined at South Station, causing delays of 15 minutes heading out of town from there.

By - 7/12/18 - 7:42 am

Shortly before 7:30 a.m., Cambridge firefighters rushed to the Central Square Red Line stop to rescue a woman who'd fallen on the outbound tracks just as a train was pulling into the station. Read more.

By - 7/10/18 - 5:55 pm

One one of the hotter, more humid days of the year, the Red Line is doing its best to imitate one of the rollers on those 7-Eleven hot dog things that turn oh, so slowly, because of signal problems at Quincy Adams

By - 7/6/18 - 5:15 pm

Of course the signals go out in a sweltering Friday rush hour on the Red Line.

By - 6/26/18 - 1:49 pm

Celtkicks reports what happened shortly before 12:30 p.m. at Andrew on the Red Line:

Guy just fell on the tracks at Andrew. Thankfully we were able flag down train to stop and pull him up. Must’ve fainted as he was talking then just plopped right down on track...

By - 6/24/18 - 6:09 pm

The MBTA is reporting various delays on the Red Line due to a train that expired at Harvard Square as well as some "ignited debris on the tracks."

By - 6/21/18 - 9:12 pm

Transit Police report they are looking for Nicholas Dercolo, 18, of Brockton, on a charge of assault and battery on an elderly person for an incident on a Red Line train at South Station on June 11.

Read more.