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By adamg - 6/24/19 - 9:13 am

No dead trains, track fires or cows, but oh, those destroyed signal bungalows at JFK/UMass continue to drive riders insane and to ponder the imponderable.

By adamg - 6/23/19 - 6:06 pm

The MBTA reports delays of up to 15 minutes and trains heading from Park Street towards the Signal Bungalows of Doom due to a train with "a door problem" at Park Street.

By adamg - 6/22/19 - 6:21 pm

Just because the Red Line is continuing to have problems because of those destroyed JFK/UMass signal systems doesn't mean other things can't go wrong. The MBTA is reporting ten-minute delays on the Red Line due to a deceased train at Andrew Square.

By adamg - 6/21/19 - 12:28 pm
Damaged signal equipment at JFK/UMass

Damaged signal equipment at JFK/UMass a week ago.

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.

By adamg - 6/21/19 - 10:13 am
Derusha

Transit Police report officers looking for fare evaders and other ne'er-do-wells at Andrew station yesterday found both in the form of Jeremy Derusha, 31, of Abington, whom they say tried piggybacking his way onto the Red Line around 10 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 6/20/19 - 9:45 am

A sudden need for repairs to one of the overhead power lines at Revere Beach led to delays of up to ten minutes on the Blue Line this morning, the MBTA reports - although one rider says the delay was more like 30 minutes. Read more.

By adamg - 6/18/19 - 8:51 am

Chris Chazinski reports on his Red Line ride this morning: Read more.

By adamg - 6/17/19 - 9:26 pm

The MBTA is reporting 15 minute delays on the Red Line, on top of the delays caused by the ongoing JFK/UMass issues, because of a train that puled up lame at Downtown Crossing.

By adamg - 6/17/19 - 2:55 pm

Mayor Walsh thundered on Twitter today: Read more.

By adamg - 6/17/19 - 9:00 am
Scrawl at Fields Corner against man buns and a man with a man bun

Joel Pettigrew was not expecting to be personally attacked by a scrawl on a pillar at the Fields Corner Red Line station this morning.

By adamg - 6/16/19 - 9:20 pm

The MBTA is advising Red Line riders to leave an extra 20 minutes or so to get where they're going tomorrow because of the ongoing signal issues at JFK/UMass left over from the derailment last week.

By adamg - 6/15/19 - 9:30 pm

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.

By adamg - 6/14/19 - 4:47 pm
Workers doing track work at JFK/UMass

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.

By adamg - 6/14/19 - 11:01 am
Workers at signal bungalow at JFK/UMass

From his seat on a commuter-rail train, Jed Hresko got a good view of the work this morning to repair the signal bungalows and tracks at JFK/UMass that were damaged in the Red Line derailment on Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/19 - 12:08 am

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.

By adamg - 6/13/19 - 1:48 pm
Everybody off the train at Andrew

Just because Red Line riders are still affected by Tuesday's derailment doesn't mean other things can't go wrong. Jules Wang was among the people ordered off an outbound train that developed a sudden case of the vapors or something at Andrew around 1:30 p.m. - at the same time the T was announcing Ashmont delays due to "police activity" at Fields Corner.

By adamg - 6/12/19 - 4:45 pm

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.

By adamg - 6/12/19 - 8:56 am
Damaged signal equipment at JFK/UMass

The car that derailed damaged signal equipment at JFK/UMass. Photo via MassDOT.

The MBTA reports it'll be shutting the subway line down at 11 a.m. to try to make signal repairs related to the derailment yesterday: Read more.

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