Another Tough Commute In Boston Wednesday

Standstill traffic on the Tobin Bridge heading into Boston Wednesday morning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Standstill traffic on the Tobin Bridge heading into Boston Wednesday morning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

After a nightmarish commute Tuesday following a record-breaking week of snowfall in Boston, there were still delays across the MBTA Wednesday morning but transportation officials said things were beginning to improve.

"We are still working on it, but when you got so much to dig out of, you have to take it car by car, switch by switch, station by station," MBTA GM Beverly Scott told WBUR's Newscast Unit Wednesday morning.

Scott said the T was able to add 100 more subway cars since Tuesday, but that the system's aging fleet was still suffering from mechanical problems caused by the snow and cold.

"Yesterday we said severe delays, today we're saying delays across the system," Scott said. "But there is a significant improvement."

All subway lines reported delays Wednesday, as well as most commuter rail lines. Buses are still replacing trolley service on the Mattapan line.

Plenty of riders took to Twitter to unleash their ire over the continued service issues, while others expressed relief that their commute had improved.

T officials warned in a statement Wednesday that delays would be compounded by the hordes of fans attending the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory parade in Boston Wednesday.

No additional service was provided for parade-goers, and officials said trains would be crowded.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Tuesday defended his decision to hold the parade Wednesday, despite commuter complaints and continued snow clean-up. He said if the parade were further delayed, players would not have been around to participate.

Some people tweeted that they felt the commuter congestion over the past two days indicated that the city should not be tapped to hold the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The roads Wednesday morning were not nearly as bad as Tuesday's gridlocked evening commute. But traffic was still at a standstill in some areas and on major roadways.

After two days off, Boston students had to wait extra time in freezing temperatures as a number of school buses were delayed due to the tough road conditions. Other school districts opened late to allow more time for snow cleanup Wednesday.



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