Aggravation continues with rail travel

SOUTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — It’s not snowing much Wednesday, but the ice and cold continue — as does dismay from commuter rail riders.

The MBTA continues to operate commuter rail and Boston area subway and bus services on limited schedules because rail lines and trains need to be shoveled out and repaired. Progress is being made across the system, the transit authority said in a midday update Wednesday. Still, there’s no commuter rail service right now to Wickford Junction or the T.F. Green Interlink stations. RIPTA is offering a special bus service from those stations to the Providence train station in the interim.

At the South Attleboro MBTA commuter rail station Wednesday morning, riders continued to express their frustration.

“It’s not acceptable,” said Robin Spencer of Cranston. “I have to pay over three hundred dollars for my [monthly] ticket — it’s about $365 — so when they decide to cancel service altogether, I’m not happy.”

Scott Flatto of East Providence said the T “sort of went down the tubes” during the first big storm, around January 26. “I take the Orange Line [too], and the Orange Line is also a mess… that I have to deal with every day.”

If you want to drive yourself into the city, the situation is changing Wednesday at 6 p.m., when the office of Mayor Marty Walsh said the city’s parking ban will be lifted. The city has removed more than 17,000 truckloads of snow since the first winter storm. According to a news release from the mayor’s office, the city is closing in on the most snow in one season in recorded history, at 107 inches.

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