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Disabled trains, signal problem cause Red Line delays

Commuters on the MBTA’s Red Line are again facing delays in the face of the oncoming blizzard.

The MBTA announced on Twitter just before 8 p.m. that a set of rush-hour delays at Harvard Square had been resolved, but another issue cropped up less than an hour later because of a disabled train at the same station.

Officials pegged the earlier delays on a signal problem, which took place around the same time a pair of trains went out of service. Joe Pesaturo, spokesman for the transit agency, described it as “a very unfortunate confluence of events”

The second delay was blamed on a mechanical malfunction in the rear car of a train, said MBTA Lieutenant Daniel Fitzgerald. All passengers were moved to other compartments and there were no injures, he said.

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A malfunctioning drawbridge in Beverly also caused significant delays Monday on the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line, according to Mac Daniel, spokesman for the rail service’s operator, Keolis.

After Beverly Drawbridge between the Salem and Beverly Depot stations failed to work, officials began running buses between the two stations.

Some commuters waited 30 to 45 minutes to use the bus to get to the next station, he said. Daniel said the delays are getting shorter, though the buses will be running for the rest of the night.

Many commuters rushed out early to avoid a blizzard that has prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency and enforce a travel ban starting at midnight.

The MBTA, including its commuter rail, will be running until midnight, then stay closed through Tuesday.


Nicole Dungca can be reached at nicole.dungca@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @ndungca.