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‘Police activity’ creates delays for Red Line and North Shore commuter rail passengers

Boston, MA - 6/16/19 The track is repaired, but the trains are not running full speed. Light activity is seen at the JFK/U Mass MBTA station, following the recent derailment on the Red Line.
Boston, MA - 6/16/19 The track is repaired, but the trains are not running full speed. Light activity is seen at the JFK/U Mass MBTA station, following the recent derailment on the Red Line.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Riders faced delays on the Red Line’s Braintree branch as well as a portion of the North Shore commuter rail network Friday morning due to “police activity,” transportation officials said.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority issued a series of tweets Friday morning warning of up to 15-minute delays on the Red Line, which impacted trains for at least 20 minutes. Regular service resumed on the line at 8:48 a.m., according to a tweet from the MBTA. Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan said in an e-mail that the delay was caused by a “group of homeless people who were being disorderly.”

Affected stations included JFK/UMass, North Quincy, Wollaston, Quincy Center, Quincy Adams, and Braintree.

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Police activity at North Station forced delays on the commuter rail’s Newburyport/Rockport line Friday morning. Service on that line also has returned to normal.

It was not immediately clear if the activity at North Station was the cause of the delays on the Red Line.

Charlie McKenna can be reached at charlie.mckenna@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @charliemckenna9.