Hurricane Irene Boston
August 28, 2011 by USA Post
Hurricane Irene Boston, The mass transit agency in the area of?? Boston decided to suspend the service for most of Sunday due to Hurricane Irene, despite the hopes of keeping the trains and buses rolling through the storm.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority followed the example of transport operators in New York and Philadelphia, with plans to idle Irene systems. Boston traffic will go out after 8 am Sunday to allow health workers to go to work.
“After a careful review of the latest information from the National Weather Service, the MBTA has decided to suspend all modes of service,” the agency said in a statement late Saturday. “With strong winds, torrential rains, floods and forecasts for the Boston metropolitan area, this decision has been made with the safety of customers and employees a top priority for the MBTA at all times.”
The MBTA updated their statement later in the evening, saying it agreed to provide all services until 8 am – rather than closing all day Sunday – “. Before the worst of the storm hits the area” to accommodate health workers
The agency is trying to restore full service in time for work Monday morning. Boston is one of the busiest transit systems in the U.S., with subways, streetcars and commuter rail network extensive, reaching into Rhode Island and central Massachusetts.
Despite the worst effects of Irene is expected to Massachusetts on Sunday, heavy rain arrived Saturday. The Department of Transportation reported earlier that Route 9, a state highway and road age in the face of Boston, was impassable on the side towards the east to the west of the city due to flooding.
The state is waiving the collection of tolls on Sunday at the Massachusetts Turnpike and Boston Tobin Bridge and Ted Williams tunnel, but officials do not want anybody on the road.
The MBTA said buses are on standby in case they are needed to help with evacuations in the region.
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