Just in time for the evening rush hour, the T reports "moderate" delays towards Alewife on the Braintree side due to some sort of track problem at JFK/UMass.
The T had to hold a train from Braintree at JFK/UMass so Transit Police could remove a woman who refused to put out her cigarette, filling her car with the smell of smoke.
The T's reporting "moderate" delays on the Red Line due to a train near JFK/UMass that suffered an attack of permanent frostbite.
UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. Trains have begun rolling again.
A small track fire near JFK/UMass has turned the evening Red Line commute into yet another exercise in futility.
Two South Boston brothers today admitted they attacked a man sleeping near the JFK/UMass T stop with a metal pole and their urine on their way home from a Sox game last August because he was too Mexican for their tastes. Read more.
Somewhere between JFK/UMass and Braintree, a Red Line train saw eternity and now there are "moderate" delays on the line.
Stanley Staco reports an alert Red Line worker found a partially undressed boy, about 6, near the JFK/UMass station in Dorchester around 3:30 a.m.
A car came off I-93, pulled over on Columbia Rd, child exited then car hopped back onda the highway & left.
The T is reporting signal problems between North Quincy and JFK/UMass on the Red Line.
At 7:21 a.m., Dave Curran reported he got on the train at Wollaston 30 minutes earlier and still hadn't reached JFK/UMass.
And it is, of course, an inbound train.
A Suffolk County grand jury yesterday indicted Scott and Steve Leader on charges of civil rights violations while causing bodily injury, assault and battery for purposes of intimidation causing bodily injury, assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for an Aug. 19 incident in which they allegedly beat and urinated on a homeless man they found outside the JFK/UMass T stop on their way home from a Sox game.
According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office:
One of them took a metal pole and struck the victim with it repeatedly. The two assailants then walked away laughing, witnesses said.
The victim was transported immediately to Boston Medical Center, where he was treated for a broken nose, serious bruising across his torso, and other injuries.
At the State Police barracks in South Boston, Scott Leader allegedly made a series of incriminating statements, including that he and his brother “tuned up” an “illegal immigrant,” and that this behavior was acceptable because the victim was homeless and Hispanic.
Just the civil-rights charge carries a potential sentence of ten years in state prison, the DA's office reports.
As David Finnerty shows us at Broadway, people were told to exit their Red Line trains, since they could no longer run due to some sort of track issue at JFK/UMass.
The T is now sending Braintree trains to Ashmont, where shuttle buses are supposed to take riders to North Quincy.
Updated with info from Transit Police.
Transit Police report a man believed to be in his 50s was hit and killed by a train at the Braintree platform at JFK/UMass.
The man died from his injuries, police say, adding that while an investigation is underway, foul play is not suspected. The Dorchester Reporter reports he jumped.
Extricating the man and investigating the incident halted Red Line service to Braintree; passengers crowded outside stations waiting for shuttle buses; some were able to get on South Shore-bound commuter-rail trains.what
A judge ordered Scott (l) and Steve Leader held without bail pending a Sept. 3 dangerousness hearing, the Suffolk County DA's office reports.
State Police report the brothers interrupted their journey home from last night's Sox game to attack a homeless man they found wrapped in a sleeping bag on Columbia Road next to the JFK/UMass station. Read more.
A Braintree train pulled into JFK/UMass and then just sat there because the doors refused to open. Finally, workers figured out how to get people off the train.
Meanwhile, Josh Jacobs reports from a daisy-pushing trolley just past Longwood on the Riverside Line:
This ride on D line trolley 3603 is The Braking of the Riverside 1-0-3 (A.M. at this rate).
OK now someone playing Star Trek opening theme and totally trolling.
The T reports "moderate" Red Line delays outbound due to a toasted switch at JFK, and by "moderate," they mean you don't have to abandon all faith just yet, but get ready to.
See all those people? They're waiting for an Orange Line shuttle bus at Malden Center. "Shuttle bus line is MASSIVE!" Rich reports.
On the more frostbitten segments of the T today, riders slowly shuffled through long lines for shuttle buses. The luckier ones boarded one of the growing number of big charter buses the T has hired, such as these buses that Marta spotted at JFK/UMass for the ride to Quincy and Braintree:
Oh, hey, it's Friday rush hour, so naturally a Red Line train got out a couple of old tokens to pay the ferryman, down at JFK/UMass, and now the entire line has slowed to a crawl and riders are grumbling the inevitable cracks about imagining what service will be like during the Olympics.