Red Line service delayed, T can’t say how long derailment repairs will take

Service is delayed on the Red Line today as the MBTA recovers from yesterday’s derailment in Dorchester and transit agency says it cannot predict how long it will take to restore normal service.

“At this time, we can’t say how long that will take,” the T said via Twitter in a series of updates to riders and the public.

The derailed Red Line trolley was moved from the track area with the assistance of a crane after hours of work last night.

The derailment damaged not only the trolley in question, but a variety of hardware at the location of the incident. Damage to tracks, switching gear and the “bungalows” that house the switches and electronics must all be repaired.

“Bungalows will need to be rebuilt, new signals & cables installed, tracks repaired,” the agency said.

In the meantime, switching and signaling activity must be done manually by T personnel. Trains will proceed slowly as a result, and a variety of electronic services, like countdown clocks, have been disabled.

“Without the signal system, trains must be given permission from our Operations Control Center to move from one station to the next, one train at a time. This also means we need people along the tracks to physically set the routes to direct trains,” the T advised.

Riders will also need to switch trains at JFK in order to get around the repair area.

The T said riders on the Braintree branch will have to switch at JFK for continuing service to South Station. Ashmont branch riders will not need to switch.

Red Line riders can use commuter rail lines as necessary. Charlie cards and Charlie tickets will be accepted on the Middleborough/Lakeville, Kingston/Plymouth, Greenbush, and Fairmount lines, as well as the Fitchburg Line from Porter Square to North Station, the agency said.

“We know this is a big ask,” the T said this morning. “We sincerely appreciate all our riders’ understanding and patience while crews work around the clock to fix this. We promise to keep updating you as more info becomes available.”

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said Tuesday he wants an outside investigator to put a “fresh set of eyes” on the T’s problems after the the Red Line derailment, the second in a week for the beleaguered agency.

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Source:: Boston Herald

      

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