Update: According to MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo, subway and commuters services will be suspended all day Tuesday, Feb. 10, with extremely limited bus service.
“On Tuesday, all MBTA rail services (Subway, Trolley, and Commuter Rail) will be suspended all day while maintenance crews continue to clear snow and ice from tracks, the third rail and switches,” Pesaturo told BostInno via email. “Mechanical forces will continue to assess the damage done to subway cars, trolleys, locomotives and passenger coaches.
Earlier: Mayor Marty Walsh announced in a press conference this Monday afternoon that all MBTA trolleys subway and Commuter Rail train service will shut down after 7 p.m. for snow removal.
Boston is in the middle of a historic snowfall period, having broken its previous record for most snow in 30 days. The previous record was 58.8 inches; as of today, the city has seen 60.8 inches in a 17-day period, according to WCVB.
“The accumulating snow is making it virtually impossible to keep rail lines operational,” said MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo in an email. “From a safety perspective, the MBTA is concerned about the risk of multiple disabled trains that would require evacuations on the tracks, potentially in the dark.”
Limited MBTA bus service will continue until the end of regular service hours, but customers are advised that connections to subway and Commuter Rail lines will not be available.
News of the MBTA’s cancelations comes shortly after Gov. Charlie Baker hosted a press conference in which he scolded T operations for the continued inability to resume service after delays caused by increasing volumes of snow and ongoing freezing temperatures.
On Monday morning, after announcing an abbreviated MBTA service, the Red Line experienced a disabled train that left passengers stranded on the track for two hours. The train was eventually evacuated and service between JFK/UMass and Braintree stations has been replaced by shuttle buses.
The Orange Line is also busing passengers between Oak Grove and Sullivan Stations to perform snow removal and maintenance.