Service delays on subway, commuter rail

Boston-area transit riders endured multiple delays Tuesday on subway and commuter rail lines, sparked by mechanical failures, clingy leaves, and signal woes.

During the evening commute, the Newbury/Rockport and Haverhill lines encountered 10- to 20-minute delays because of mechanical failures. The Needham Line experienced delays of up to 45 minutes because of slippery rails, caused by leaves clinging to the tracks.

A disabled train on the Forest Hills-bound side of the Back Bay/South End station was reported at 4:54 p.m., causing 10- to 15-minute delays, the MBTA’s website said.


Earlier issues on the Red Line seemed to haunt evening service. At 5 p.m., southbound travelers faced 10-to-15-minute delays because of a signal problem. At midday, a broken rail at South Station caused the suspension of Red Line service for 22 minutes.

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Tuesday morning, there was a disabled train at Shawmut Station and, the day before, a train with a door problem became disabled at Ashmont Station, causing delays, said MBTA spokesman Joe ­Pesaturo. “In the grand scheme of things, these are minor delays,” MBTA spokesman Josh Robin said. “They’re mostly minor issues.”

Commuter rail travelers from South Station can get some comfort knowing that during rush hour Wednesday, the new mobile ticketing app, mTicket, will become available to passengers.

Sarah N. Mattero can be
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