Winter Weather – What to Expect
In the event of severe winter weather, various modes of travel are likely to be impacted and the MBTA may have to make service adjustments.
The MBTA works tirelessly to prepare for the harsh conditions of winter. Crews regularly weatherize equipment and facilities to keep our aging system functioning when winter weather strikes. Despite our hard work, MBTA services will be adversely affected when key mechanical components and other pieces of equipment are subjected to heavy snow, icy conditions, and/or frigid temperatures. Winter storms can also impact the workforce as MBTA employees combat difficult road conditions when they are reporting for duty. It’s for these reasons that delays of varying degrees will be unavoidable. Customers are strongly advised to plan for extra travel time and to check this webpage before starting their commutes.
During severe winter weather, MBTA trains may operate at reduced service levels and some buses may operate on Snow Routes.
Service information can be found at the MBTA's winter resource hub: mbta.com/winter. Please use this site as your source for information on MBTA service during the winter months and remember to check T-Alerts regularly for updates.
The Red, Blue, Orange, Silver, and Green Lines may operate at reduced levels during severe winter weather, resulting in less frequent service.
The Mattapan Trolley may also be replaced by bus shuttles during severe weather.
During severe weather, the Commuter Rail may experience severe delays and cancelations.
Some bus routes may operate at reduced levels during severe weather, 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 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: Greater Lynn Senior Services||TTY|
|South area: National Express||TTY|
|West area: 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 @mbta
• Check local news and weather broadcasts
• Call our customer support line at
Green 1 ongoing
Orange 4 upcoming
Red 4 upcoming
Fairmount 1 ongoing
Fitchburg 1 upcoming
Franklin/FrgPrk 1 ongoing
Greenbush Regular Service
Haverhill Regular Service
Kingston/Plmth Regular Service
Lowell 1 current
Middle/Lake Regular Service
Needham 1 ongoing
Newbury/Rock Regular Service
Prov/Stou 1 ongoing
Hingham Regular Service
Hull Regular Service
Charlestown Regular Service