MBTA MidDay Status Update

MassDOT just sent out a press release with an update on MBTA service.

Severe Weather Service MID-DAY Update for Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Effective this morning: Red Line service was extended from Alewife to JFK/UMass.  More than 70 buses, including 40 from Peter Pan requested by the Governor, were used to shuttle customers between Braintree and JFK/UMass.  Close to 50 buses, including 10 from DATTCO, four from Bloom Bus and two from Greyhound, were used to shuttle customers between Ashmont and JFK.

Also effective this morning: Orange Line service was extended from Sullivan to Forest Hills stations.  Close to forty buses, including 10 from Yankee Bus, are being used to replace service between Oak Grove and Sullivan.

Green Line service is operating between Kenmore and Lechmere stations with limited trolley service operating in both directions on the D branch.

Along the B branch, Route 57 buses are making stops between Packards Corner and Kenmore stations.  There will be no bus service between Packards Corner and Boston College.

Overnight and throughout the day today: snow removal crews deployed throughout the MBTA system continue to make progress with the assistance of the Governor’s Office, the National Guard, Emergency Assistance Compact(EMAC) resources, MassDOT and DOC.

Efforts have been concentrated on clearing major MBTA busways, bus routes, key T parking facilities, and major terminus locations used for MBTA emergency bus shuttles.

This includes work performed at locations such as Dudley Square, Forest Hills, JFK, Braintree, Ruggles, Back Bay, South Shore parking lots as well as key bus routes like the Route #66 through Brookline and Cambridge and the Route #23 out of Ashmont.

MBTA forces and contractors have successfully cleared and/or removed snow from major bus garages and refueling stations.  This includes Quincy, Fellsway, Arborway, Charlestown, Southampton, with work expected to be complete at Cabot, Albany, North Cambridge, and much of the Wellington Campus (non-track area).

Throughout the day the MBTA has further refined its snow removal strategy resulting in the following prioritized plan:

The MBTA will continue to use labor forces to hand shovel the Red Line-Braintree Branch to remove snow from the right of way.   Resources are deploying to Braintree Station to work between Braintree and Quincy Adams stations and between Quincy Center and Wollaston.  The MBTA will have heavy equipment on the right of way clearing snow drifts in various sections.

The MBTA deployed labor forces to the Orange Line from Oak Grove to Wellington to remove snow from the right of way.  Effort will be concentrated on the segments of track between Oak Grove and Malden, and Malden to Wellington.

Resources are also being deployed to Wellington Yard to clear the south end of the facility to allow for additional access points and greater mobility for MBTA operations.

Forces are also being deployed to the Mattapan High Speed Line to hand shovel and clear the Ashmont and Mattapan loops, as well as segments of track along the right of way.

Resources are also assisting with clearing Silver Line locations on Temple and Washington streets; the Mattapan Busway, and the Cabot Yard area, the Green Line rights of way on the B, C, and E lines; Riverside Yard and Busway; Silver Line, Bus Route #66; and parking lots along the Red Line and Commuter Rail.

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