WBZ/CBS BOSTON: Baker: National Guard Helping To Restore T Service Ahead Of Schedule As originally appearing in WBZ/CBS BOSTON
By CARL STEVENS
BOSTON (CBS) – Gov. Charlie Baker is optimistic that the process of removing snow to fully restore MBTA service won’t take quite as long as the 30-day estimation given by General Manager Beverly Scott.
Speaking before members of the New England Council Thursday morning, Baker praised the National Guard for their efforts in the snow cleanup.
“I think the good news here is the original assumption by the general manager that it would take 30 days to get back to something close to normal I think we’re going to beat that by a lot,” the governor said.
“The National Guard literally, starting Wednesday, has been shoveling out the Red Line from JFK to Braintree. It’s 20 miles.”
WBZ NewsRadio’s Karen Twomey reports that about 150 National Guard members will be clearing tracks from Braintree to Quincy on Thursday.
“I hope it helps,” PFC Kayla Harvey said. “Some of my friends have been not able to go into work.”
The governor also expressed concern about rain forecast for this weekend making the snow significantly heavier.
“The kind of fluffy snow you have sitting on your roof right now is about 7 pounds per cubic square foot,” he said.
“When it rains this weekend and that snow gets wet, it’s going to weight 21 pounds per cubic (square) foot.”
As of Thursday morning, the National Guard says that 87,000 yards of snow have been removed which is “enough to fill Gillette Stadium with 25 (feet) of snow.”
The National Guard added that there have been:
2,500 truckloads of snow
6,500 hydrants cleared
52 bus stops cleared
148 missions complete
168 miles of road cleared
92 communities served
Baker says he is trying to nudge the commuter rail operators to try and improve their service as well.