BOSTON (WHDH) - MBTA officials say they are prepared to handle any issues caused by the cold weather, but are warning riders that delays are still likely this week.
With the holidays now in the books and commuters returning to work amid single-digit temperatures, Tuesday marked a test for the MBTA’s commuter rail, subway systems and bus lines.
Extra maintenance workers were on hand across the transit system early Tuesday morning to guard against any potential problems.
“They can occur anywhere and we have strategically placed people all over so they can respond as quickly as possible,” said MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez.
The MBTA said they would store as many trains as possible inside tunnels overnight to prevent them from freezing up.
Riders were urged to leave their homes early on Tuesday and for the remainder of the work week.
Delays of about 20 minutes are expected during the morning commute, according to transit officials. The Hingham-Boston ferry has also suspended service until further notice.
On Tuesday, 86 percent of trains were on time. Some passengers were forced to wait 30-40 minutes in the cold due to mechanical issues. Though most delays were minor, according to riders.
“The really cold weather in some respects is more difficult than snow because rails break. When rails break, that creates all kinds of issues for riders,” Gov. Charlie Baker told 7News.
Extra staff and equipment will be deployed in the coming days as the MBTA readies for the potential for heavy snow on Thursday.
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