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February 11, 2015

MBTA service resumes in limited capacity

After more than a day of suspended train service, the snow-battered MBTA resumed its service on Wednesday, running the commuter rail, subways and trolleys at a limited capacity, following an announcement by the T at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Around the same time, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said suspension of the T on Tuesday was "a good thing for the city," allowing for greater snow removal actions.

"I know the business community doesn't want to hear that," Walsh said.

On Tuesday afternoon, he said the city needed the T to open Wednesday so that students could get to school and with more people going back to work. He said, "I don't think they've had a full week of school in the last month, and that's disruptive."

Walsh said he had not spoken to MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott directly during the past few weeks, though City Hall aides have been in communication with the MBTA.

"I've been in constant contact with the governor over the last couple of days, so it's important for us to keep the lines of communication open," Walsh said.

Gov. Charlie Baker has criticized the MBTA for extensive delays as the state has battled an historic series of snowstorms, but Scott on Tuesday fired back, defending the MBTA and highlighting the need for investment in new rail infrastructure.

“We are running an extremely aged system that is getting a pounding every single day,’’ Scott said at a press conference Tuesday, according to the Boston Globe. “What happened here, it would have taken anybody down.”

The MBTA said on its website that passengers should use commuter rail service where available, and expect moderate delays. The red and orange lines – which were most effected by the weather – offered limited service Wednesday with buses replacing subway service for some portion of the commute.

The commuter rail will run about 70 percent of its regularly scheduled trips, though no trains will serve Plymouth, TF Green or Wickford Junction stations Wednesday. The Green and Blue lines will operate with "less frequent service," and buses will replace the Mattapan Trolley Line.

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