Officials scrambled on Monday morning to restore the region’s transportation system after downed trees and flooding from the overnight storm caused delays for drivers and cancellations for commuter trains.
Commuter rail service to and from Providence and Route 3 near Cape Cod were among the most severely affected stretches of rail and road, closing for hours before they were cleared shortly before 10 a.m.
Service on the MBTA’s Providence commuter line was suspended in both directions shortly before 7 a.m. Inbound service toward Boston resumed at about 7:45 a.m., but outbound service was suspended another two hours.
Trees had fallen both on the track and into the overhead wires that power Amtrak trains on the Northeast Corridor, said Tory Mazzola, a spokesman for Keolis Commuter Services, which operates the commuter rail for the T. Amtrak shares tracks with the Providence line, and its workers are responsible for removing the debris from the line, he said.
Amtrak also suspended service between Boston and New Haven for about three hours because of the storm damage. Service resumed around 9:45 a.m., with Amtrak warning of residual delays.
Several other commuter rail lines, including the Greenbush, Framingham, and Franklin lines, were seeing delays stretching 30 to 45 minutes. Mazzola said this was a result of downed trees and wires, as well as flooding across the network.
He advised passengers to check MBTA.com and Twitter for service alerts through the morning. Keolis later said the issues should not affect the evening commute.
There were numerous reports of trees and power lines down across the region, as well as flooding on roadways large and small.
Among the roads affected by flooding were Cambridge’s Memorial Drive, a portion of which was closed because of flooding near the Longfellow Bridge. The road was fully reopened to traffic at about 9:30 a.m.
And the Massachusetts State Police said a fire at a utility pole on Route 3 near the Cape Cod Canal had closed traffic for a stretch in both directions north of the Sagamore Bridge, causing detours between Exits 1 and 3. The road reopened just before 10 a.m. — about 2½ hours after it was closed.
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Meanwhile, two Registry of Motor Vehicle service centers — in Attleboro and Martha’s Vineyard — were closed Monday morning due to power outages.Adam Vaccaro can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @adamtvaccaro.