BOSTON (CBS) – Many people who didn’t want to risk getting stuck in traffic opted for the MBTA during Tuesday’s winter storm, even though it’s had its problems lately too.

For the most part, the MBTA’s underground subways and trolleys were on schedule. The Commuter Rail encountered numerous delays, however.

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While the Green Line was up to speed, it wasn’t as smooth with the MBTA buses, which had to fight the snow and traffic.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

“Buses, obviously given this weather, the No. 1 priority is to operate safely, so there will be delays as a result of that,” said Richard Davey, the MBTA General Manager.


The consortium that runs the MBTA’s Commuter Rail has canceled 14 shuttle services in an effort to reduce congestion on its lines during the next wave of a winter storm.

Spokesman Scott Farmelant says the cancelations are scheduled for Wednesday morning. They will enable the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. (MBCR) to have additional equipment on hand in case there are problems with other trains.

Commuters could still catch alternative trains 10 to 15 minutes after the canceled services.

Services affected include six trains between North Station and Anderson Woburn on the Lowell line as well as four between North Station and Beverly, on the Newburyport/Rockport line. Others include two trains between South Station and Walpole on the Franklin line as well as two between South Station and Mansfield, on the Providence/Stoughton line.

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Comments (4)
  1. Jim Haines says:

    The number 4 bus from the Waterfront to North Station ran smoothly at it’s 3:52 inbound run this afternoon! But the Commuter Train wasn’t so lucky. The 4:40PM Lowell train was 10 minutes late leaving and we sat for 15 minutes outside Wilmington waiting for them to fix the switch that moves trains from the Wildcat Branch to the Main Line. Got to North Billerica a half hour late.

  2. Cynic says:

    Train and Busses have problems in horrendous weather……Something should be done about this.Everyone should grab a sign and march on the Snowbanks…..

  3. SammyP says:

    What people fail to acknowledge is that the canceled trains leave a train worth of people catching the next train…which already is full. The Nbury/Rkpt train lines were so packed that it was standing room only….The conductor can’t even go up and down the aisles to collect fares….which also bothers me as I buy a monthly pass and I see others who get a free ride….

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