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Friday morning’s slow zone: Shuttles replaced Red Line trains due to piece of disabled equipment at Park Street

A Red Line train arrive at Fields Corner Station in Boston, MA on February 23, 2023.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Passengers on the MBTA faced delays Friday morning after shuttle buses temporarily replaced trains on a lengthy stretch of the Red Line.

At 5:09 a.m., MBTA officials tweeted that the buses were replacing service between the Harvard and Broadway stops due to a “disabled piece of maintenance equipment” at Park Street station.

“Expect delays as shuttles are dispatched,” the tweet said.

By 5:38 a.m., MBTA officials tweeted that all train service between Alewife and Harvard would be operating on the southbound track as a result of the issue.

Shortly after 8 a.m., MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said the equipment that had derailed and caused the delays had been moved, and track repairs had been made.


“The piece of track work equipment that derailed just south of Park Station early this morning has been re-railed and moved off the main line,” Pesaturo said in an email to the Globe. “Some track repairs were made, and a test train is running through the area right now.”

Officials at the T tweeted around 8 a.m. that the “shuttle buses are being phased out at this time and service is resuming with delays.”

At 9:36 a.m. the MBTA tweeted that regularly scheduled service had finally resumed.

Transit officials also tweeted out a reminder Friday that shuttle buses will return this weekend, replacing service between Alewife station and the Kendall-MIT stop to allow for the agency to make needed infrastructure upgrades.

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