Red Line Service Partially Shut Down Due To Tunnel Fire

BOSTON (CBS) – Crews put out a fire in the Red Line tunnel between Park Street and Downtown Crossing on Wednesday.

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Firefighters battled what was described as a small trash fire near some switching gear on the tracks. They were able to put the flames out before 9:30 a.m.

Shuttles replaced service between the JFK-UMass and Harvard Square stops on the Red Line for nearly an hour while crews put out the fire.

Red Line service in that stretch resumed around 10:15 a.m.

MBTA officials reported residual delays were possible through the rest of the day.

  • Des

    I was aboard a Red Line train that stopped at Central Square due to this issue. The audio level of the public address system was much too low to hear the announcements that were made by a member of the train crew. Much confusion ensued among the hundreds of passengers.

    Eventually, people walked off the cars and onto Massachusetts Avenue where shuttle buses were to take the displaced passengers further along the intended route. Not only were the buses filled to capacity, it was unclear which buses were to be boarded. MBTA workers ought to have been in the subway and on the street with bullhorns to clearly provide information and instructions to the public.

    There is much room for improvement in the way the MBTA handles these unscheduled incidents.

  • Occutard

    I am marching right over to the nearest government office with my tent to punish the MBTA for this outrage against the citizens!

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