A man Transit Police say attacked a woman he was piggybacking behind at the JFK/UMass Red Line stop last Tuesday also punched an Uber driver on Arch Street on Friday afternoon, according to the driver's passenger at the time. Read more.
The Red Line and commuter-rail service came to a halt on either side of JFK/UMass shortly after 10 p.m. after a man jumped on the Red Line tracks, ran down them a bit and then jumped off. He didn't start the night as a Red Line track runner but as a simple motorist, except he apparently crashed into a parked car, then ran away and seemed to figure the best escape route might be on the subway tracks. Read more.
The MBTA is reporting Red Line delays up to 15 minutes due to a balky train inbound near JFK/UMass. John Lyons reports he was on the dead train for 20 minutes with nary an announcement what was going on.
But at least it was, they say, fixed before rush hour. At 2:57, the T reported delays on the Red Line after a train could go no more at JFK/UMass. About an hour later, the T reported delays on the Red Line due to signal problems at JFK/UMass. No word if the two incidents were connected (it has, of course, been known to happen).
With repairs to the destroyed JFK/UMass signal bungalows continuing apace, the MBTA announced today it hopes to restore fully automated signaling between JFK/UMass and Broadway by Aug. 15, which should cut five minutes off the longer Red Line commutes. Read more.
WBZ reports on the incident last night. The sound made at least one person think somebody was firing a gun and told that to Transit Police, which sent cruisers rushing to the scene, but by the time they got there, the hammer guy was gone.
The MBTA says that fully restoring the signaling equipment destroyed in the June 11 derailment at JFK/UMass will likely take until at least Labor Day, so that means riders will continue to need to allow extra time for their commutes. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.