BOSTON (CBS) — Regular Red Line service resumed Wednesday morning with a speed restriction between South Station and Broadway, a day after a train derailed at the Broadway MBTA station in Boston.
It happened around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday when the second car of a six-car Red Line train rammed into the platform and derailed at a slow rate of speed. No one was hurt and all 47 passengers safely got off the train.
It caused a commuting nuisance, with some shuttle busses packed with passengers.
“We’re dealing with this pandemic right now,” said passenger Shawn Golden. “This is the worst time for us to be crammed up on a bus.”
As crews worked on the tracks after the derailment Tuesday afternoon, the train got loose and rolled away. No one was hurt.
“While in the process of being re-railed, the incident train rolled away from the Broadway Station platform,” the MBTA said in a statement. “A short time later, MBTA personnel aboard the train, brought it to a stop.”
Transit police blocked off access to the station Tuesday afternoon. Buses replaced Red Line trains between Park Station and JFK/UMass.
Advocates say these incidents are further evidence the T needs more funding and lots of work. Last weekend there was an escalator incident at the Back Bay station that left nine people hurt. And back in the summer, a Green Line crash injured more than 20 people near Boston University.
“Really disappointing to see what’s been going on with the T,” said TransitMatters Executive Director Jarred Johnson. He says the T is safe and has the potential to be reliable, but needs investment to do so.
“Even if the T ridership it’s only about half of what it was before the pandemic, that doesn’t mean it needs half the attention or half the money,” Johnson said. “So, we really need the legislature to step up, we really need the governor to step up.”