Red Line

By - 1/20/19 - 7:17 pm
Smoke in Kendall Square station

Hazed and confused at Kendall. Photo by Luke Ward.

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.

By - 1/18/19 - 9:40 am

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.

By - 1/18/19 - 8:46 am

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.

By - 1/17/19 - 10:23 am
Wanted for assault and battery at Ashmont on the Red Line

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.

By - 1/15/19 - 8:38 am

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.

By - 1/11/19 - 9:56 am

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.

By - 1/11/19 - 9:04 am
Firefighters at Fields Corner Red Line stop look to extricate person under train

Firefighters look to extricate person under train. Photo by BFD.

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.

By - 1/7/19 - 5:57 pm

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.

By - 1/7/19 - 8:58 am

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."

MJ reports her train driver handled the news a bit differently: Read more.

By - 1/6/19 - 7:30 pm

Update, 10:47 p.m. Problem fixed, normal service resumed.

The MBTA reports "a track issue" on the outbound side is forcing Alewife trains to halt at Harvard, so riders have to detrain, then go upstairs, where a shuttle train is running on what are normally the inbound tracks between Harvard and Alewife (the reverse then holds for people from the north trying to get into Boston).

By - 1/3/19 - 9:02 am

Let's see: There was smoke on the tracks near South Station and a train was taken out of service. Then another train approaching South Station from the south had some mechanical issues. But as of 9 a.m., service is back to normal, the T advises.

By - 1/2/19 - 9:49 pm

The MBTA reports delays of up to 15 minutes on the Red Line into town from Quincy due to a train that had to be taken out of service due to some sort of door issue.

By - 12/26/18 - 9:19 am
Massive crowd at Porter Square when the Fitchburg Line died

Just ugh. See April. Photo by Michael Doyle.

If we had a dime for every T delay, we'd be rich. Here are the ones we rhymed in 2018. It's far from a complete list of delays - we missed a few and didn't do rhymes for delays caused by deaths or that involved people being forced to walk through tunnels to escape from dead trains. Read more.

By - 12/19/18 - 9:17 am

Update: Mere seconds after posting this around 9:15 a.m., we started seeing reports of new delays heading towards Alewife.

A Red Line train died near Andrew during rush hour, causing delays for riders going into town from Dorchester, about an hour after signal problems near Davis caused delays for riders going into town from Cambridge and Somerville.

By - 12/17/18 - 7:45 pm
Keytar Bear in the subway

David Weininger caught Keytar Bear in his Christmas finest at Park Street at rush hour.

Maria M., meanwhile, caught him upstairs at Downtown Crossing a couple of nights ago.

By - 12/12/18 - 8:58 am

The morning commute began slowly on the Red Line's Braintree branch due to a deceased train at Wollaston, and on the Orange Line due to a train that decided Stony Brook was far enough for it to journey from Forest Hills. Both lines are now back to their usual schedules, the MBTA reports.

By - 12/11/18 - 12:37 pm
Red Line train just stitting outside a station

Red Line train scared of South Station, so it just sits there, frozen. Photo by Celtkicks.

The MBTA reports that delays on the Red Line due to signal issues near Kendall are persisting into the afternoon.

Art Transform is beginning to wonder why the T insists on saying the delays are no more than 15 minutes: Read more.

By - 12/11/18 - 8:57 am

This morning's pokey Red Line ride is brought to you by faulty signals near Kendall, the MBTA says. And the T wonders why ridership is down, Beth Ann Turnquist writes:

I’ve been sitting on the train for an hour and have heard every excuse so far from, ‘experiencing traffic’, to disabled train ahead, to signal problem. This is why people just drive into town causing road congestion, because it’s better than this.

By - 12/10/18 - 12:33 pm

Transit Police report arresting a Quincy man they say told officers he got so mad at somebody he was talking to on the phone that he head butted a window of the Red Line train he was on, cracking it and leaving officers no choice but to arrest him on a charge of malicious destruction of property. Screaming at fellow passengers did not help his case, police add. Read more.

By - 12/4/18 - 6:42 pm

The MBTA is now running shuttle buses on the Red Line between Quincy Adams and Braintree because of the power's gone out across Braintree this evening.