Red Line trains slowed due to ‘track condition’

The affected area was between Harvard and Central stations.

1/4/2016 - Cambridge, MA - Harvard Square - Bundled commuters exit the Red Line at Harvard on a chilly Monday morning, January 4, 2016. The Boston area is expected to experience a dip in temperatures through the beginning of the week.
Bundled commuters exit the Red Line at Harvard. –Dina Rudick/Globe file

A “track condition” on the Red Line hampered the morning commute Thursday, but officials say the track should be fixed by Thursday night.

Trains were slowed between Harvard and Central stations “out of an abundance of caution,” according to the MBTA on Twitter around 7:30 a.m.

Around 9 a.m., the MBTA noted on Twitter that train delays were roughly 20 minutes in each direction. 

The morning commute was slow, even for MBTA standards. The trains were only moving around 3 to 5 miles per hour, according to an email from Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for the T.

Workers were performing a scheduled inspection on the rail overnight and ultrasonic testing found the “defect” roughly 100 feet south from Harvard station, Pesaturo said.

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“The defect is on a curve and a new section of rail is being manufactured by T workers today,” he said. “It will be replaced tonight (Thursday).”

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