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MBTA Takes Beating On Twitter Over Cold Weather Delays

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BOSTON (CBS) – When it’s this cold, you don’t want to spend too much time outside or frostbite could set in.

That was the complaint from many MBTA riders Monday morning as the frigid weather led to disabled trains on several subway lines.

The delays left riders out in the bitter cold and many vented on Twitter.

Here’s a sample:

@alisonCsays: People are running laps around the #mbta station just to stay warm.

@TraveleatloveMM: The news should just report when the #mbta is NOT delayed or having problems.

@roadielocks: Seems all trains having serious delays. Will I ever get to work? Love how we can count on you, #MBTA, on days when we need you most.

@semanticart: Is the #mbta trying to kill people with lack of info on D-line delays? I stood in subzero for over 25 minutes before bailing. Unacceptable.

@byelenak: Major MBTA delays on the coldest day of the year is not only unacceptable but it could cause some to get frostbite. #MBTA

Read: MBTA Twitter Page

MBTA General manager Richard Davey told WBZ-TV the bitter cold air had a major impact on the air brakes.

“A lot of our breaking systems, the Green Line in particular, Orange Line, Red Line, all work off air and so that severely disrupted the propulsion systems on four Orange Line cars this morning which caused significant delays and on the Green Line, the D line had some delays,” Davey said.

“I’ve got my team looking at that to make sure we can prepare for tomorrow morning’s rush hour, that too is going to be cold obviously.  But, this is the coldest day in six years in Boston, so it’s certainly taken a toll on the equipment.”

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