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MBTA, Boston transit service resumes after Sandy

FILE: People wait on the platform of the MBTA station in Malden, Mass. ((AP Photo/Elise Amendola))
October 30, 2012 7:24:44 AM PDT
Boston's MBTA mass transit system was back in operation, for the most part, Tuesday morning.

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As of 8:30 a.m. CDT Tuesday, most MBTA service had resumed with residual storm related delays, the MBTA website said. Customers were encouraged to leave additional time for their commute and expect delays due to storm impacts. Bus shuttles replaced trains on the Green Line D-Branch between Riverside and Newton Highlands Stations. Major wire and pole damage will force bus shuttle service to remain in place through the end of service Tuesday.

All other subway lines will resume regularly scheduled service with residual delays.

All boat and commuter rail lines resumed regularly scheduled service with some residual delays. Customers are encouraged to check MBTA.com and T-Alerts for updated service information. Boston joined the list of major East Coast cities that shut down transit agencies because of Hurricane Sandy.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority shut down all service at 2 p.m. Monday due to high winds.

In Boston's Financial District, many commuters left work around noon Monday.

Walking to outdoor commuter rail platforms became a challenge as wind funneled between buildings. Zachary Ryan, awaiting one of the last South Station trains, said "people were going flying."

Transit agencies in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., also shut down.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said more than 110,000 homes were without power by mid-day Monday as Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast.

On Sunday, Patrick encouraged employers across the commonwealth to let workers stay home.

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