There were significant delays on the Red Line for the early Thursday morning commute after a track fire at South Station slowed service, according to the MBTA.
In a 7 a.m. tweet, the T said there would be 20- to 30-minute delays in both directions, but it soon sent a second tweet saying the fire was extinguished and downgrading the delays to 15 or 20 minutes. By 7:41 a.m., the T reported that normal service had resumed.
MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in an e-mail that trash on the tracks had caught fire and the flames were “quickly extinguished by an MBTA employee.”
The MBTA also said that a northbound train that had a mechanical problem at Park Street station was being taken out of service and sent southbound instead.
#MBTA #RedLine: Update: A track fire at South Station has been reported. Red Line officials are investigating. Expect 20 to 30 minute delays in both directions.— MBTA (@MBTA) March 22, 2018
Train at Park Street (northbound) is being taken out of service and sent back southbound.