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With suspect at large, MBTA comes to screeching halt

In the wee hours of Friday morning, as police hunted for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Richard A. Davey, secretary of transportation, joined a conference call with Governor Deval Patrick and law enforcement officials. With a potentially armed suspect on the loose, an unprecedented decision was made: The region’s entire public transportation system was shuttered.

“We did not want to have customers potentially put in harm’s way,” Davey said. “And we didn’t want to give this suspect the opportunity to get out of the city using public transit.”

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