MBTA: We're Ready For This Storm

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) — The MBTA says it's ready for the winter storm that will hit the city Saturday evening.

New MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said the T has spent $100 million in upgrades to make sure the system runs as best as it can in this type of storm, which is expected to bring not only heavy snow but also a deep freeze that could impact travel and cause power outages. Poftak told WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal the real test came last winter.

"We've made a significant investment in equipment, but we've also changed how we do business, and made ourselves much more resilient, much more able to apply resources where they are needed," Poftak said. "Those two things together really helped us absorb these storms."

Poftak said communication is a pillar here, making sure all aspects of the operation are talking to one another. That didn't really happen during the disastrous winter of 2015.

"Not just talking to each other, but talking to each other continuously," he said. "Literally around the table every hour, through the night if needed, and talking through multiple lines of business so that we can figure out where the resources need to go."

Some shuttle buses will be cancelled this weekend on the Red and Green Lines, but trains were set to run as expected throughout the storm.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

 

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