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Bus Service During Winter Storms

Bus in winter, with snow on the grass, the road cleared

Snow Routes

Certain buses may operate on special snow routes during and after winter storms. Typically, the parts of a route that are on hills or narrow streets are diverted.

During a storm, the MBTA will post an alert for each bus line that’s running on its snow route.

These buses have snow routes:

Shoveling of Bus Stops

Within 24 hours of the end of snowfall, MBTA crews clear snow and ice from stops along 15 key bus routes (blue) and the Silver Line (gray):

Key bus routes and Silver Line routes include:

However, almost all bus stops are the property owner's responsibility. In some cities and towns, the municipality can enforce snow removal on sidewalks and at bus stops. You can find out more information on local laws using the Massachusetts Sidewalk Snow Removal Map.

Report an Unshoveled Bus Stop

Check the above map to see if the MBTA is responsible for shoveling the stop.

Email snowandice@mbta.com and include:

  • Bus route
  • Bus stop
  • Photo of unshoveled bus stop (optional, but helpful)

Or contact Customer Support.

Cities and towns are responsible for clearing snow.

Download a list of municipal snow removal contacts