The MBTA reports "severe" delays on the Red Line due to a dead train at North Quincy. This comes after an Orange Line train died near North Station.
Some people were stuck on a train between JFK and North Quincy for over an hour. Despite all the money spent on winter resiliency, extreme weather will still cause extreme delays, no matter what. Good thing it was on a weekend and not in the middle of a weekday rush-hour.
The Scandinavian and Quebec metros fared much better this past month. They hit even colder temps than Boston. I get one or two streetcars being out of commission. But this was a train under North Station in a treated snow-less tunnel. It's the fourth time I've been stuck in the same area since early 2015. Plus, its the frequency that's concerning. The MBTA was No. 1 in breakdowns in 2016. Granted most of it was streetcars and commuter rail. But now the central system, the underground subways, are crashing at an alarming rate.
And you could say to yourself, "well, it's extreme weather, this can happen, we're all in it together, we'll tough it out".
But when there are failures every day, and you need to be at work or get home to sleep and before the next day of work, it's time for class-consciousness: the T is mainly for lower classes, and to reduce the load on the roads so that people other than you can use private cars.
Whatever lower class is supposed to mean, it's not me, and it's not plenty of my fellow co-passengers.
Friday night rush hour there was also a dead train at North Quincy. They kept announcing that the delays were 'moderate' but they were actually severe and the temperature kept dropping... There was nowhere to go to really get out of the cold save setting something on fire...
I do really get the feeling that "severe" delays aren't used because they'd mung up the stats.
We have a winna!
Really makes me look forward to Monday.
...last night, getting what I thought was a train to Braintree @ DTX It was announced we would have to change at JFK to a Braintree train and that this one would head to Ashmont.The train was held at both South Station and Broadway due to “a disabled train ahead”. The conductor came over the intercom to tell us to cross over to the Braintree track once we arrived at JFK. There were no T personnel on the platform, so many people went up the stairs and escalator to the Columbia Rd. exit and had to come back down and walk to the appropriate crossover. A train was waiting with its doors open. We proceeded slowly but without incident until Wollaston when we were surprised to hear this was only a shuttle to Quincy Center and anyone going to Quincy Adams & Braintree would have to change trains once again to reach those two stops. Why we ended up taking 3 trains instead of one was never explained, but the long and short of it was the whole trip took over an hour, with Braintree riders arriving at the station a little after 11. The bulk of the passengers were from the Bruins game. Their high spirits after Saturday night’s rout made the whole misadventure much more tolerable.
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