Winter Weather – What to Expect
During Severe Weather, the MBTA may operate reduced service schedules
The MBTA works year-round to prepare for harsh winter weather. Our crews work to weatherize equipment and facilities to keep you moving when winter weather occurs. During inclement weather, check MBTA.com regularly for information on service impacts and delays.
This winter, the MBTA is going to take a new approach to severe winter weather. An online winter information resource hub has been launched – mbta.com/winter. Use this site as your source for information on the MBTA’s service during the winter months.
During routine winter weather, including cold and moderate snow, the MBTA will operate regular schedules. In some instances, buses may operate on Snow Routes or have minor delays. Remember to check T-Alerts regularly for updates.
When Severe Weather Hits
This year, the MBTA will operate reduced service when severe winter weather hits. Check MBTA.com regularly to determine whether severe weather service plans are in place.
Full service details for each mode are as follows:
The Red, Blue, Orange, Silver, and Green Lines may operate at reduced levels, resulting in less frequent service.
The Mattapan Hi-Speed Line may be replaced by bus shuttles during severe weather.
During severe weather, the Commuter Rail may operate on Commuter Rail Severe Weather Service Schedules. To determine if your route is operating on a Commuter Rail Severe Weather Service Schedules, check MBTA.com or media reports regularly for updates.
Commuter Rail Severe Weather Service Schedules are as follows:
|Fairmount Line||Kingston/Plymouth Line|
|Fitchburg Line||Lowell Line|
|Framingham/Worcester Line||Middleborough/Lakeville Line|
|Franklin Line||Needham Line|
|Greenbush Line||Newburyport/Rockport Line|
|Haverhill Line||Providence/Stoughton Line|
Some bus routes may operate at reduced levels, resulting in less frequent service.
Some bus routes, especially those located on hills or narrow streets, may operate on Snow Routes.
A full listing of buses with Snow Routes is below.
During storms, check T-Alerts regularly to determine which routes are operating on Snow Routes.
During severe weather, Commuter Boats may operate reduced service. Check T-Alerts regularly for service updates and information.
During inclement weather, customers should expect some delays in service. The RIDE strongly recommends that you check with your contractor directly as services may be curtailed. The numbers are as follows:
|North area: GLSS-Greater Lynn Senior Services||TTY|
|South area: JV-Joint Venture||TTY|
|Northwest area: VTS-Veterans Transportation||TTY|
Not sure which contractor serves your area? Check here.
Service Updates & Information:
• Visit MBTA.com for service alerts and winter schedules
• Sign up for T-Alerts to receive service updates
• Follow the MBTA on Twitter @mbtagm
• Check local news and weather broadcasts
• Call our customer support line at
Blue 1 advisory
Orange 2 advisories
Red 2 advisories
Silver 1 advisory
Fairmount Normal Service
Fitch/SoActon 1 advisory
Framnghm/Worc Normal Service
Franklin/FrgPrk Normal Service
Greenbush Normal Service
Haverhill Normal Service
Kingston/Plmth Normal Service
Lowell Normal Service
Middle/Lake Normal Service
Needham Normal Service
Newbury/Rock 1 advisory
Prov/Stou Normal Service
F1 Normal Service
F2 Normal Service
F2H Normal Service
F4 Normal Service