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Why your train couldn't depart: Red Line delayed by shopping cart

Yes, it's come to this: Around 9 p.m., the MBTA reported delays of up to 15 minutes on the Braintree branch of the Red Line so that workers could remove a shopping car from the tracks at North Quincy.

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McGruff The Crime Dog?

Do union rules prohibit a driver from hopping out and pushing the cart aside?

That would be a 3 min delay, not a 15.

How about OSHA rules?

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OSHA doesn't have jurisdiction over public sector workers.

But, yeah, there are a lot of reasons to not get out and clear the cart - the third rail, the train setting off on a solo journey, etc.

...the train setting off on a solo journey, etc.

oh, c'mon - how likely is that? 8-)

Like onto the adjacent track? Carts are heavy. Should the driver use the third rail as leverage?

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are properly trained on track hazards and whatnot. There might also be reasons to keep the cab staffed at all times.

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Whatever could go wrong?

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Work harder, not smarter.

Whoever did this is must be on T-TV. Once the saboteur is identified what crime can he be charged with?

which store's shopping cart was it.

Was it full of leaves?