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Winter Weather Woes Halt Boston's Transit System

The city of Boston’s transit system, the oldest in the nation, has had a bad winter. Record amounts of snow in greater Boston, cold, and aging equipment are blamed for severe service disruptions that left freezing commuters standing on platforms waiting for trains that were late, or didn’t arrive at all.  The MBTA raised the white flag and shut down the subways and commuter rail trains Tuesday to clear snow and assess damage.    Governor Charlie Baker said he was “frustrated” with the MBTA. 

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with former Massachusetts Inspector General Greg Sullivan, now research director at the Pioneer Institute, who has studied the MBTA’s operations

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.