MBTA: Full service restored, but with delays
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Running trains were a welcomed site Monday morning, but commuters are dealing with substantial delays.
“We're moving snow to get down to rail. Snow trains push it out to get up and running,” said Henry Dunn of the MBTA.
A wintry mix is adding salt to the wound for people finding themselves late to work.
“It’s really slippery outside and it’s raining and snowing so it’s not fun,” said one commuter.
Crews worked around the clock to clear the rails to get the ‘T’ and commuter rail service ready. Every last piece of equipment was going non-stop.
“It’s literally a jet engine, it heats snow, melts between the tracks,” said Dunn.
“We're not going to be running perfect service but we are in fact going to be able to be fully restored tomorrow,” said Dr. Beverly Scott, the MBTA General Manager.
Public transportation is running, but not perfectly. Crews are still digging tracks out and buses are rerouted for the snow emergency.
Some subways and buses were running Sunday, everything else was up-and-running Monday morning. The T asked for patience and understanding.
“It will take a little while to get all of our platforms in pristine conditions,” said Sean McCarthy of the MBTA.
As for those hoping to drive into the city, plan ahead. A parking ban was still in effect Monday morning. The state roads were passable, but drivers were in for a slower ride with a ban on break-down lane travel on I-95 and Route 3. Massive snow piles can make exiting and entering tricky.
“I would caution folks, snow is built up on shoulders and in breakdown lanes, we expect slow going,” said Richard Davey of Mass DOT.
The MBTA said that you can expect substantial delays. So far the biggest delays have been for people commuting from the South Shore taking the red line and the commuter rail.