With Winter Storm Juno expected to cover Boston with some 20 to 30 inches of snow, people are surely worried about their commutes to and from work. In hopes of making that experience as seamless and efficient as possible, the MBTA has already started prepping for the blizzard and white-out conditions.
UPDATE: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced there will be no MBTA service on Tuesday and that a state of emergency has been declared effective immediately.
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“Our preparations are well underway,” MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo told BostInno. “All of the department heads met at the control center this morning to go over our winter weather plans. Because it is very likely that service will be impacted by this storm, customers are strongly urged to check our special winter weather page on MBTA.com for regular updates.”
The MBTA’s winter weather schedule was last updated at 6 a.m. (at the time this article was published) and subway, commuter rail, bus and boat service will operate on a regular schedule until further notice.
Some airlines, though, have already offered to waive change fees for people looking to reschedule flights in and out of Boston because of the storm.
Pesaturo also hinted that the MBTA is likely to bring out its big guns to deal with the snowy conditions. What’s been dubbed “Snowzilla” by MBTA employees is a massive snowblower that clears the Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line.
He told Boston.com back in 2011 that he considers Snowzilla, pictured above, to be an “emblem of the T’s snow-fighting efforts during a mid-storm appearance on the local news.”
This kind of equipment is crucial for a storm that’s expected to create “impossible and life threatening” travel conditions.
“Snow removal equipment is fueled up and ready to go,” Pesaturo told BostInno further. “Crews are checking all the third rail heaters to make sure they are working properly.”
Bostonians are encouraged to sign up for T-Alerts so that they can receive real-time information about MBTA service updates and any issues caused by the inclement weather.
The MBTA is also relaxing its ban on overnight parking in parking garages meaning people are permitted to leave their cars in MBTA parking garages overnight without penalty.
Stay tuned to BostInno for more MBTA information. We’ll be sure to update this article upon receiving further information about MBTA service as it pertains to blizzard conditions.