A Red Line MBTA train was out of service at the Harvard Square station Tuesday afternoon July 3, 2007 during early rush hour. Shuttle buses were carrying riders to their stops. But many of them were over crowded and could not take on passengers at Porter Square just before 5:00 PM. In addition it appears that the MBTA is supporting the Cambridge City Council's anti obesity program, unlike the Mid Cambridge Neighborhood Association which holds ice cream socials.
There were no MBTA employees or signs at the entrance to the Porter Square station. Riders were taking the escalator down one platform to learn that there was no service. The up escalator was not working. Riders had to climb 60 stairs to get to the shuttle buses.