Red Line

By - 10/5/18 - 10:01 am

Progressive Railroading reports the T has signed a $218-million contract with Barletta Heavy Division to installs new signalling equipment along the two lines and to upgrade switches on the Red Line to go along with the new cars that are supposed to be in full service by 2023.

By - 10/4/18 - 7:00 pm

The MBTA reports 10-minute delays on the Red Line towards Alewife because of signals that aren't quite feeling their oats.

By - 9/24/18 - 12:48 pm
Allege spitter

Transit Police report they are looking for a man who spit in the face of a woman he didn't know when she refused to pay for his T fare, even after he began screaming at her. Read more.

By - 9/24/18 - 8:50 am
People forced off train at Central Square

12 Overripened Plums was among the people ordered off an inbound Red Line train at Central Square when smoke began coming off it. Read more.

By - 9/13/18 - 9:41 am
Thing with long wire connected to Alewife garage

Presumably, that $5.7-million repair contract for the Alewife garage that should be starting soon will include doing something about circuit boxes or light fixtures dangling from one garage level to the ground, like the one Alewife Commuter spotted this morning.

By - 9/10/18 - 4:41 pm

Transit Police report arresting Isaisa Plaza, 18, of Chelsea, for an incident in the corridor between the Red and Orange lines at Downtown Crossing around 10 a.m. yesterday.

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By - 9/9/18 - 10:07 am

Transit Police report a man died on the outbound side of the Red Line past Porter Square after he was hit by a Red Line train around 7 a.m. Read more.

By - 9/6/18 - 4:33 pm

The MBTA reports an inbound train with "a power problem" at Harvard Square is causing 15-minute delays on the Red Line.

By - 9/5/18 - 8:26 pm
Man getting off train at JFK/UMass

Suspect getting off Red Line train. Surveillance photo via TPD.

Transit Police report arresting a guy they say beat up an elderly man on a Red Line train pulling into JFK/UMass shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Monday. Read more.

By - 8/25/18 - 11:15 am
By - 8/24/18 - 2:30 pm
Wanted man

Transit Police report they are looking for a man they say masturbated "in close proximity to a female" on a Red Line train between Davis and Alewife around 5 p.m. on Aug. 16.

If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050 or send an anonymous tip to 873873.

By - 8/24/18 - 12:33 pm

MassDOT reports today that the engineers have given the Alewife garage a clean bill of health and that it will resume regular operations tomorrow - and keep doing so at least until a contractor comes in next month for a $5.7-million repair job.

The garage had been having partial and full closures for repairs since Aug. 8, when some concrete fell on a car.

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.