A large contingent of Boston firefighters went down into the Downtown Crossing T stop to investigate an odor of smoke near the CharlieCard store around 10 p.m. They returned to the surface and their firehouses after determining the odor to be the remains of a heavy pot-smoking session, but not a fire.
The MBTA reports "a track condition" discovered during an overnight inspection is forcing trains to go wicked slow between Harvard and Central. And word just in that a train is stuck at Central because its doors won't open.
A Suffolk County grand jury today indicted a Transit Police officer on assault and battery and civil-rights charges for allegedly using his baton to repeatedly beating a homeless man at the Ashmont T stop - and charged two Transit Police sergeants for conspiring with the cop to try to cover up the attack, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Transit Police announced. Read more.
The Red Line was slowed during Rush Hour when a door on one train came up lame; Green Line riders suffered a similar fate due to an entire trolley that couldn't pull its own weight at Government Center.
The MBTA reports workers are continuing to hammer away at JFK/UMass signal problems have turned Red Line trains into giant turtles with seats.
Around 8:06, the MBTA dolefully reported delays of up to 10 minutes on the Red Line due to a train that went DOA near Harvard. At 8:26, the T upped the delays into town to 30 minutes even though crews had managed to get the train the hell off the tracks. Passengers piled up like cordwood all up and down the Red Line. Patrick Ryan reported from Dorchester: Read more.
Before 7 a.m., the Red Line had trains up and die at Downtown Crossing and Kendall. Before 8, another train decided it could no longer go on and so just stopped between North Quincy and JFK/UMass.
UPDATE: Both firefighters and police departed the tracks at 3:05 p.m.; service resumed around 3:35 p.m.
Boston firefighters are on scene trying to extricate the person.
The MBTA reports it is running shuttle buses between JFK/UMass and Park Street.
The MBTA reports Red Line delays of up to ten minutes due to a train with "mechanical issues" at Kendall that belched a lot of smoke.
The MBTA reports Red Line delays of up to 15 minutes due to an inbound train near Central that developed signal troubles and had to be removed from service, and you know how long that can take.
It was another weary morning for commuters on the Red and Green Lines due to a Red Line train that developed mechanical problems near Harvard and trolleys that started pondering the meaning of life inbound at Sutherland Road and outbound at Arlington. But the T says all is fine and dandy again.
Transit Police have released a photo of a man they say will be charged with assault and battery on a 71-year-old man for an incident at the Ashmont Red Line station on Jan. 11.
WBZ interviewed the victim, who said he was about to tap his CharlieCard when he spotted the guy come up behind him and force his way through with the man, who tried to keep him from piggybacking.
The MBTA reports things are back to normal on the Red Line, after delays caused by a train that up and died at JFK/UMass.
The Cambridge Fire Department reports there was a bit of flaming trash between Harvard and Porter stations this morning, but that it was quickly extinguished and that train service was not interrupted because of it.
Red Line service came to a halt on the Ashmont branch around 8 a.m. after a person wound up under a train at the Fields Corner station. The T is using buses instead between Ashmont and JFK/UMass.
NBC Boston reports the person was extricated shortly before 9 a.m., conscious, with possible broken bones.
The MBTA reports Red Line delays of up to ten minutes due to a train that developed "a motor problem" at JFK/UMass toward Braintree. The train has been taken out back - after passengers were asked to detrain and shield their eyes.
A Winter Knight sums up the morning commute into town from the south:
I scheduled myself an HOUR to get from Quincy Adams to Park Street. "Track problems", then "We are experiencing smoke on this train, coming out of service."
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