Here are all the things the MBTA is doing to combat the snow

Heaters, anti-icing, and sand – oh my!

Pedestrians walk through the snow on Boston Common during a spring snow storm on Monday. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The MBTA’s Winter Resiliency Plan became a Spring Resiliency Plan as the transit service dealt with several inches of snow on Sunday and Monday.

Beginning on Saturday and continuing through Monday, the MBTA has undertaken a number of actions to battle the April cold, ice, and snow, according to Mass. Department of Transportation spokesman Jason Johnson.

For one, the T ran its anti-icing/snow trains overnight, one part of the transit system’s $83 million in improvements to the service’s ability to deal with winter conditions. The T also utilized its switch heaters, some of which have been replaced since last year, to keep rails free of icy buildup.


In addition, Johnson detailed a series of preparatory steps for the storm, which is expected to drop between two to five inches of snow on Boston:

  • Observation trains ran on the D-Line and Mattapan Line Sunday night into Monday morning.
  • MBTA Storm desk activated at a level 1 at 5 a.m. for Monday morning.
  • Equipment was stationed to treat busways and facilities.
  • Supervisory staff with personnel were ready to sand and shovel system wide.
  • Contractors have been notified and prepared to treat stations and platforms.
  • Construction/project sites were secured and prepared for wind.
  • The power department had additional wire crews stationed at Reservoir to respond to any wire issues.

Overall, the T has so far avoided the type of widespread failures that severely hampered last winter’s service amid record snowfalls.

As of mid-morning on Monday, the T experienced minor northbound delays on the Red Line, but had no issues on the Orange, Green, or Blue Lines.

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