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MBTA Plans Normal Service During Hurricane Irene

It's business as usual for the MBTA as Hurricane Irene barrels toward Massachusetts. A spokesman says the T is increasing staff, while buses and trains are currently scheduled to run on a normal weekend timetable - unless conditions significantly deteriorate.

Spokesman Joe Pesaturo says the agency is participating in twice a day conference calls with the National Weather Service and the state Emergency Management Agency.

In preparation for the storm, workers have been inspecting pump rooms and poor drainage areas. No T tunnels have flooded since 1996.

Wire crews are being deployed on trolley lines starting Saturday night and the T has retained a tree-cutting service for the weekend.

An emergency power source has been tested and fueled.

Travelers are urged to check MBTA.com before heading out.

This program aired on August 26, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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