A heap of trash on the tracks at Charles/MGH naturally chose rush hour to combust into flames, causing delays on the Red Line.
The MBTA is reporting Alewife-bound delays of up to 20 minutes due to a train with "a power problem" at Charles/MGH.
An Alewife train got sick at Charles/MGH (well, if you're going to get sick, that's the place to do it), and now the Red Line is running kinda slow in that direction.
Another Red Line train has taken the siding to Valhalla, this time at Charles/MGH.
The MBTA reports "severe" delays due to a Norwegian Blue of a train inbound at Charles/MGH.
The T has pushed the inbound train out of the way, but still reports "moderate" delays on the Red Line.
Yesterday, a Red Line train died on the outbound tracks near Charles/MGH. Today, a Red Line train's dead on the inbound tracks near Charles/MGH. The word of the day is "severe," the T advises.
A Red Line train came up lame at Charles/MGH outbound and now the MBTA is reporting "moderate" delays.
An Orange Line train stopped at North Station and refused to budge, but the T reports it made it budge and now things are back to normal on that liine.
The MBTA is reporting "moderate" delays on the southbound side of the Red Line due to a train that couldn't be revived even by the doctors stationed just outside Charles/MGH.
UPDATE: Then the signals went on the fritz between Central and Kendall.
A train that had to be taken out back and shot at Charles/MGH is getting Red Line riders all grumbly.
Christina Visconte reports: Read more.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Red Line because of a train that flatlined at Charles/MGH.
Ari Ofsevit takes a look at the state's shelved plans to extend the Blue Line 1,300 feet to Charles/MGH and explains how the state screwed up all the cost estimates by proposing ridiculous construction techniques just because they don't feel like building the thing.
Kylejemge watched the driver of an outbound Red Line train get out of the train and put a fire extinguisher to good use just before Charles/MGH this afternoon:
Climbed back in and kept going.
The T is warning of "moderate" delays in both directions on the Red Line due to a track problem between Kendall Square and Charles/MGH (which would be, what, the Longfellow?).
UPDATE: At 8:20, the T reported delays southbound due to a train that met its maker at Alewife.
Firefighters had to foam down a smoking Red Line on the Longfellow Bridge just past Charles/MGH around 6 p.m. Gabriel Fishman, who captured the scene just as firefighters arrived, reports they made short work of whatever the problem was and that service seemed to start up not long after.
Around 6 p.m., the outbound platform at Charles/MGH looked pretty much the same right after a train pulled out as it did before. As Lindsay Devers reports, the train was so crowded nobody could get on it.
Elsewhere? At least people waiting for trains out of South Station were inside. Ditto for North Station, where Ben Higgins snapped the departure list:
Not long after 6 p.m., the Red Line did what it does so well: Fail. Specifically, a train got to the Longfellow Bridge, looked down and grew so terrified it would fall in the river, or something, that it just died right there, as Devin Cole shows us:
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