Frustrations Simmer After Delays on Commuter Rail, Red Line

Passengers expressed frustration Tuesday after the MBTA Commuter Rail experienced delays due to mechanical problems, a day after issues on the Red Line sent smoke billowing into a station.

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The MTBA said Framingham Train 584 was delayed by about an hour after it became disabled due to a "mechanical issue" sometime before 7 a.m. Another train was deployed to push the train to Boston's South Station, causing delays on the line.

Several trains, including Worcester Line trains 506, 508, 509, 510 and 552; and Framingham trains 586 and 588, saw delays.

"I have had 21 years of this and I have two more years of retirement... and I'm so sick of it," one commuter said.

Georgia Taylor, another commuter, agreed, saying, "I just wish they would fix the problem."

The woes on the Commuter Rail came just hours after mechanical issues on the Red Line.

Shortly before 9 p.m., the MBTA said a northbound train became disabled at Broadway. About 20 minutes later, the MBTA said fire crews were responding after smoke dispersed into the station. At that time, delays were reported to be about 20 minutes.

Cellphone video from Broadway shows sparks shooting out the bottom of a train car, with smoke filling the area.

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