‘Wicked unsettling’: Expletives fly over intercom during Red Line ride

Two juveniles were responsible for the R-rated language, according to MBTA officials.

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Red Line train passengers bound for Braintree late Wednesday afternoon likely assumed they were in for a typical ride, filled with warnings over the intercom to stand clear of the closing doors and announcements of stops.

Instead, they got an expletive-riddled trip, as captured in a Twitter user’s video. A voice over the train’s intercom starts by singing part of Khia’s “My Neck, My Back” in the video and continues with more R-rated material from there. 

Some riders took to Twitter at the time to bring the incident to the MBTA’s attention.

The T did respond on Twitter and apologized for what happened.


MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said Thursday the incident was caused by a couple of youths around 5:45 p.m.

“Two juveniles gained access to an operator’s cab in the middle of the train and made inappropriate comments over the PA system,” he said in an email, adding that a Red Line official was sent to meet the train once it stopped. “Upon arrival at Quincy Adams Station, the juveniles ran from the train and exited the station.”


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