Transit Police are investigating an incident last night in which somebody commandeered the PA system on an outbound Red Line train pulling into Broadway.
A Red Line rider who was on the train reports:
Someone hijacked the announcements so that passengers heard "next station fucking Broadway" and other four letter words. Passengers were actually afraid because they had no idea what was happening and worse yet who was really controlling the train. At Broadway, Transit police showed up and a couple of teenage boys ran.T police ran after them. Then the bogus announcements stopped. How did they hijack the announcements? Did they break into one of the driver's areas on one of the cars and access the microphone?
Transit Police Supt. Richard Sullivan said police are looking into the matter - but emphasized that safety of the train was never at stake:
We are looking into this. We have had similar issues in the past with our young people who forced their way into a restricted area (Trespassing) and use foul language via the intercom. They would not be able to control the operation of the train car.