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T to cut trains in severe storms

New winter plan aimed at reducing delays, shutdowns

The MBTA intends to run fewer trains in severe winter weather as part of a plan revealed yesterday to avoid a repeat of last winter, when the T drew harsh criticism for stranding thousands of riders in the snow and cold because of equipment failures and track problems.

The truncated schedule will have the greatest impact on customers on the commuter rail, which runs less frequently than subway and bus service but is more likely to be hampered by snow and ice, with nearly 400 miles of exposed track. A problem on one train or track section can cause cascading delays. On multiple days last winter, three of every four commuter trains were late, and some stalled for hours.

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