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Guide To WinterTime Travel On The T

Posted on December 13, 2007

 The MBTA is pleased to announce its wintertime travel guide complete with information on how the T prepares for winter storms, and how customers can get the most of public transportation. 

Snow On The Way – This afternoon extra subway and bus service will be available.

At the first indication that snow is on the way, the MBTA has in place a plan that works around the clock to keep the system moving: 


· Trains operate 24 hours a day to prevent rails and overhead electrical wires from icing up.  Special heaters are activated to keep rails and switches ice-free. 
· Trains stored outdoors are moved periodically, mechanical systems are kept running, and doors and cab windows are frequently opened and shut to prevent freezing. 
· MBTA Personnel and On-call contractors ensure all MBTA properties are plowed, sanded, salted or shoveled.  The MBTA is responsible for snow removal at bus stops that abut MBTA owned property.  The MBTA encourages property owners to remove snow at bus stops that abut their property. 
· Snow routes are activated when necessary.  The MBTA has identified approximately 30 Snow Routes (listed below) located on hills, or narrow streets that depending upon the severity of snow are diverted.  To get the most up – to-date information on snow routes, customers can log onto the T’s website at www.mbta.com, T- Alerts, or listen to the local news. 

Being Prepared Helps Everyone
In addition to preparing months in advance for the winter season, the MBTA seeks the cooperation of its customers and recommends the following travel tips during inclement weather: 

· Have CharlieCard ready prior to approaching service
· Allow extra time for travel
· Customers parking at a pay lot covered with snow are advised to board train as usual and pay on the return trip using the envelope left on the windshield. 
· Customers dependent on elevators/escalators are advised to call the service hotline at (617)222-2828 to make sure service is available.
Snow Routes
During severe storms we may need to activate bus “Snow Routes.”

11            City Point - Downtown
14  Roslindale Sq. - Dudley
24            Wakefield Ave. - Mattapan
30  Roslindale Sq. - Mattapan
40  Georgetowne - Forest Hills
50  Cleary Square - Forest Hills
60  Chestnut Hill - Kenmore
62  Bedford VA Hospital - Alewife
64  Oak Square - Central Square
67  Turkey Hill - Alewife
76            Hanscom AFB - Alewife
78            Arlmont/Park Circle - Harvard Station
84  Arlmont Village - Harvard
85  Spring Hill - Kendall
93  Sullivan - Downtown 
99  Boston Regional Medical Center - Wellington
110            Wonderland or Broadway/Park - Wellington
111                Broadway & Park Ave - Haymarket
112  Wellington - Maverick
119  Northgate - Beachmont
120  Orient Heights - Maverick
211            Quincy Center - Squantum
236  Quincy Center-South Shore Plaza
245  Quincy Center - Mattapan
411  Malden Station - Revere House 
429  Central Sq., Lynn - North Saugus
433  Pine Hill - Central Sq., Lynn
441  Marblehead - Haymarket
442  Marblehead - Haymarket
448  Marblehead - Downtown Crossing
449  Marblehead - Downtown Crossing
742/3             South Station - BMIPK


Note:  Please be aware of road conditions in your community as occasionally other bus routes may be detoured as well.  If roads are impassable or general traffic is not moving, buses will be late or local authorities may require detours. 

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