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Snow where to go: Boston-area town dumps excess white stuff in harbor

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The third major winter storm in two weeks left the Boston area with another 2 feet of snow and forced the MBTA to suspend all rail service for the day. Every day stories like this! The City of Boston might have to dump some of its excess snow into its famous harbor even though it would hurt the environment.

A winter storm has brought more than a foot or more of snow and strong winds to the region.

* Storm has dropped more than two feet of snow in some areas, and newest totals have vaulted this winter into third-snowiest on record in Boston with at least 95.7 inches so far, according to the National Weather Service.
* Governor Baker urged residents to stay off roads and “let the plows do their jobs.” Earlier, he said the snowfall “significantly exceeded” projections. More coverage
* The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning, which is in effect until 7 a.m. Monday. Map of snow totals
* Mayor Walsh said a snow emergency and parking ban will remain in effect until further notice, and urged drivers and pedestrians to stay home and off the roads. More information
* The MBTA will offer limited service on Monday. MBTA transit updates
* Temperatures are expected to plummet after the storm passes. Temperature map
* Some roads in South Boston have been rerouted. Map: South Boston road reconfiguration

BOSTON — The beleaguered MBTA will operate on a limited schedule Monday in the aftermath of the fourth major snowstorm to hit Boston in three weeks.

The MBTA has struggled mightily since Winter Storm Juno blanketed the region with over two feet of snow that crippled the system’s outdated infrastructure.

Subway service on all lines will be limited to underground stations only, with supplemental bus shuttles running between aboveground stations. The Blue Line will continue to service Airport Station in East Boston.

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Some buses will operate on a winter schedule and service will be limited. Several bus lines will not run on Monday. Check mbta.com/winter for a complete and up-to-date list.

The entire Commuter Rail system will run on a Saturday schedule.

Ferry service is set to run on a regular weekday schedule.

The Ride is scheduled to operate but will be affected by weather and street conditions.

MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott submitted her resignation after the poor condition of the public transportation system required the system to shut down on February 10. MassDOT officials met Friday in private to discuss the process for finding Scott’s replacement.

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Massachusetts Governor and Staff Look at Housatonic Railroad for Passenger Travel

ImageView of the railroad going through the village of Housatonic.

The stations are circled. The left one is the passenger station, the right is the freight station.

Massachusetts officials are considering a proposal to return passenger-rail service to the Housatonic Railroad.Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Richard Davey and other MassDOT officials joined Governor Patrick  for a 37-mile tour to observe the line’s condition in key areas.

The Housatonic Railroad, which runs from Pittsfield to Sheffield at the Massachusetts-Connecticut state border, currently is used for freight service between Pittsfield and points south into Connecticut. A proposal to return passenger-rail service to the 90-mile corridor between Pittsfield and Danbury, Conn., has been discussed for the past several years. In Danbury, riders could connect with Metro North Railroad and reach New York City.

Restoring passenger-rail service would cost about $113 million for track rehabilitation, signal system installation, grade crossing improvements, and construction or reconstruction of six stations along the corridor within Massachusetts, administration officials said.

Although Massachusetts could afford the investment on its end, Connecticut also would have to commit to sharing in the cost in order for passenger service to reach New York City, Patrick said after the tour, according to local news media reports.

In January, MassDOT received federal highway discretionary funds to support a station location and design analysis study for passenger service.