Expect a tough commute heading south on Red Line


Expect a tough commute if you usually use the Red Line to head south of the city.

After Wednesday morning’s derailment at Andrew Station, the Red Line has been shut down from Broadway Station to JFK/UMass Station, and shuttle buses are in service.

Those buses will continue to run for “as long as necessary,” MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in a statement.

“The MBTA is working to resume regular Red Line service as quickly and safely as possible and apologizes to its customers for this service disruption,” Pesaturo said. T officials have not released a timetable for when service will be restored.


People who usually take the Red Line are being encouraged to take the Kingston/Plymouth, Middleborough, and Greenbush commuter rail lines to avoid crowds and delays, said Justin Thompson, spokesman of Keolis Commuter Services, in a statement.

All inbound and outbound Kingston and Middleborough line trains will stop at JFK/UMass, Quincy Center, and Braintree stations for the remainder of the day, Thompson said. All inbound and outbound Greenbush trains will stop at JFK/UMass and Quincy Center.

Charlie Card tickets will be accepted on commuter rail trains.

Station attendants and passenger assistants will be available to make any announcements about further updates, Thompson said.

Elise Takahama can be reached at elise.takahama@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @elisetakahama.