Another day, another delay: MBTA addresses Wednesday night, Thursday morning issues

The delays didn't involve issues with the new Orange Line cars, officials said.

Passengers move down the platform after getting off a Red Line train. Lane Turner / The Boston Globe

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It’s not your imagination: The past 24 hours for T passengers have been filled with delays, and it hasn’t been limited to one line.

A door problem on a northbound train at Andrew on the Red Line Wednesday night was followed by a signal problem at Harvard that delayed trains in both directions.

Lisa Battiston, a spokesperson for the T, said in an email to Boston.com that the Harvard issue had to do with “a dropped track circuit,” and needed “immediate repairs.”

“The issue did cause significant delays in both directions and, in an effort to minimize the impacts, some trains were ‘crossed back’ at Park Street and at JFK/UMass to supplement service,” she said.

News of the delay was met with frustration by T riders on Twitter, some sharing photos of crowded platforms.

Thursday morning included more Red Line delays, this time northbound because a train had a “mechanical problem at Savin Hill,” causing delays of about 10 minutes beginning around 6:20 a.m. Battiston said this had to do with “a propulsion issue.”

“Officials were eventually able to overcome the problem, though some residual delays remained,” she said.

Another train experienced a “separate mechanical problem” at Harvard station around 8 a.m., Battiston said. Officials took the train out of service to further investigate and make repairs. Service was back to normal around 9:20 a.m.

Meanwhile, rain Thursday morning made its way through the ceiling of Quincy Adams station. T officials responding to a user on Twitter said that they were aware of this problem, but would pass the user’s video along as well.


Another door problem, this time at Malden Center on the Orange Line, caused delays of about 10 minutes. Battiston said this issue, which didn’t involve the new train cars, also began at 6:20 a.m. One of the train cars had a door that wasn’t closing properly, and authorities were able to isolate the incident to the one set. Service was back to normal around 7:45 a.m.


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