WILMINGTON, MA — The MBTA is preparing for the next weather system forecast to hit parts of the MBTA service area Monday night and throughout the day Tuesday with predicted blizzard-like conditions, high snow totals, and very high winds. As this weather is expected to have an effect on service, the MBTA is taking proactive measures to protect critical infrastructure and vehicles while continuing to provide service.
Commuter Rail: The MBTA Commuter Rail will operate an “Extremely Reduced Schedule” on all lines for the duration of service on Tuesday. Commuter Rail schedules will be updated to reflect changes in train times with schedules available in South, North, and Back Bay Stations.
Subway: The Red, Orange, Blue, and Green Lines will operate with reduced frequency that is similar to a Saturday schedule, meaning 7 – 10 minutes between trains (depending on the line). The Wollaston Station bus shuttle that operates all day to and from North Quincy, Wollaston, and Quincy Center due to Wollaston’s closure will continue to operate.
Mattapan Trolley: The Mattapan Trolley Line will be replaced with dedicated bus shuttle service for the entire day tomorrow. The MBTA takes this pro-active step to protect the 70-year-old trolley cars from weather-related damage.
The RIDE: While the MBTA is not planning any changes to the RIDE operations, customers are encouraged to be mindful that snowy conditions may impact driving conditions. In addition, snow accumulation may affect drivers’ ability to gain safe access to locations not plowed or shoveled.
Ferry: Based on weather conditions, all ferry service will be suspended for the entire day Tuesday.
Bus and Silver Line: Regular weekday bus service is scheduled on Tuesday, but some buses will most likely operate on their designated Snow Routes.
These decisions have been made in an effort to run an adequate level of service while positioning the MBTA to expedite storm recovery efforts. A reduced schedule allows the MBTA to protect vehicles and equipment in advance of Wednesday.
Because of the timing of the storm, the MBTA is advising customers to plan ahead and allow for additional travel time during their morning and evening commutes on Tuesday. Customers are strongly encouraged to use caution on platforms and bus stops, to stay safe in cold air temperatures, and to check local weather forecasts for updated storm information.
(NOTE: The above press release is from the MBTA.)
BOSTON, MA — MassDOT is cautioning the public to plan ahead for a significant snowstorm expected from late Monday evening into Tuesday, which could cause widespread snow drifting and decreased visibility.
“Our snow and ice crews are closely monitoring the forecast and we know this winter storm could bring over a foot of total snow accumulation to many areas as well as heavy winds that may combine with snow and reduce visibility, creating challenging driving conditions throughout the state,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Drivers should make smart decisions on whether or not they need to be on the roadways during this storm and consider measures such as delaying travel plans until after the snow has fallen.”
At this hour, a blizzard warning is in effect for Essex, Plymouth, Barnstable, and Dukes Counties from 11 p.m., Monday, through 8 p.m. Tuesday. MassDOT’s snow and ice operations will be deployed as conditions necessitate. Crews are currently conducting preparation activities in advance of the winter weather and will be pretreating roadways with brine and Magnesium Chloride. MassDOT is also currently planning deployments of snowplows and spreaders and maintenance equipment.
In the worst storms, MassDOT’s Highway Division is able to utilize up to 700 personnel to perform snow and ice removal operations on more than 15,000 lanes miles of roadway throughout the Commonwealth. This winter, MassDOT will have approximately 4,200 pieces of state and vendor equipment available using over 150 depots and storage locations. This includes over 1,300 plow and spreader combos, 2,100 plows, and 460 front-end loaders.
If drivers must go out on the roadways, they are advised to always wear seatbelts, minimize distractions, turn off or put away cell-phones and devote full attention to what is ahead on the road.
For updates on road and traffic conditions in Massachusetts, drivers can:
- Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
- Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
- Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.
Other important winter driving tips include:
- Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights, even the hood and roof, before driving, (start with the tailpipe).
- Leave plenty of room for stopping.
- Remember that the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
- Use brakes carefully. Brake early. Brake correctly. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.
- Bridge decks freeze first. Due to the difference in the exposure to air, the surface condition can be worse on a bridge than on the approach road.
- Exit ramps are an even greater challenge during the winter since they may have received less anti-icing material than the main line.
- Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows – stay back at least 200 feet and don’t pass on the right.
- Seat belts should be worn at all times – it’s the law.
- Most importantly please remember to slow down.
(NOTE: The above press release is from the MassDOT.)
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