MBTA Says Red Line Service Free Tuesday Evening After Morning Derailment

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Following the derailment of the Red Line on Tuesday morning and the subsequent service disruption, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has announced that Red Line service is free during the evening commute on Tuesday.

The MBTA said that all Red Line service will be free with all station fare gates open between 3 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning, a piece of maintenance equipment derailed on the northbound Red Line track at Park Street station, which damaged the third rail, said the MBTA in a press release on Tuesday afternoon.

This happened while crews were moving materials and equipment ahead of the 16-day Red Line Track Improvement Program running from July 13 to 28.

The MBTA announced that service between Harvard and Broadway stations was being replaced with shuttle buses around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning while crews worked to rerail the piece of equipment and remove it from the track.

The buses were phased out with Red Line train service resuming at approximately 10:15 a.m. 

“We apologize to our riders affected by this morning’s incident involving a piece of track maintenance equipment. Understanding the impact of this issue, the Red Line will be free this afternoon and through the peak evening commute,” said MBTA General Manager and CEO Phillip Eng.

“While this does not make up for your experiences this morning, we’re committed to continuously improving everything we do. This is our duty because we care about the public that we serve."

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