Gov. Baker: MBTA Is Ready For Winter

Snow-fighting equipment at the MBTA's Somerville facility. (Lana Jones/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

SOMERVILLE (WBZ-AM) -- As Gov. Charlie Baker toured snow-fighting equipment, officials from the MBTA, the Commuter Rail, Massport, and the Highway Department assured him they are prepared for whatever this winter throws their way.

Gov. Baker dropped by a Somerville maintenance facillity Friday for an inspection of snow removal and tree-clearing machinery.

The Governor also got a chance to shake hands with some of the workers who will be operating that equipment.

He said he's satisfied that the MBTA in particular is prepared after better organization and a $100 million investment.

"We believe many of the investments we've made over the past couple of years have put us in a far better position to prepare for whatever happens this winter than we've been prepared for historically," he said.

That includes new plows, drones that will be sent to check the tracks, and new track and switches.

"I think people have done a lot of the things that need to be done to prep," Gov. Baker said. "The big issue at this point is execution and follow-through."

Baker said he's anxious to see what happens when the snow starts to fall.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Lana Jones reports

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