The Red Line was shut down for 75 minutes as rush hour was beginning Thursday afternoon after a rider reported a suspicious bag on a train at the Park Street station, said MBTA Deputy Chief Kenneth Green.
The MBTA Transit Police called in a bomb squad to examine the duffle bag, which had wires protruding and canisters inside. They determined that the bag was not a bomb and reopened the station at about 4:45 p.m., Green said. It was the second time in two days the Red Line was shut down.
Superintendent in Chief Joseph O’Connor of the Transit Police said explosive technicians examined the bag and determined it was not a threat.
The Red Line section of Park Street station was evacuated during the incident, but the Green Line platforms were running as usual, said MBTA spokeswoman Kelly Smith .
Thursday’s delays came after the third rail near JFK/UMass station cracked Wednesday, snarling service to Ashmont.
On Tuesday night, the third rail cracked on the Braintree branch, causing some delays .