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Storm-tossed

T’s shutdown threw good sense to the wind

August 30, 2011

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RE “MBTA shutdown leaves many stranded’’ (Metro, Aug. 29): It is understandable that the trolley lines might shut down because of downed trees across the tracks. But just how does a downed tree block an underground subway train? And there certainly are ways for buses to get around downed trees on the myriad streets.

If the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority does not shut down for extreme blizzards, but rather lets its drivers decide whether they will drive or not, why did it shut down Sunday for a heavy rainstorm? And why strand overnight workers at their jobs?

When Hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm, why couldn’t drivers be sent out onto the streets? So much for managerial planning and concern for area citizens who rely on the T to get where they must go. Once again, the T strikes out with the public.

Ken Westhassel
Medford