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The MBTA is the Achilles’ heel of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics (“T, traffic problems leave commuters cold, steaming,” Page A1, Feb. 4). The problem is not only one of reliability, itself underscored by the numerous delays and breakdowns that followed recent snowstorms, but also of capacity.

On an average day, rush-hour subway trains are packed with passengers. At busy stops such as North Station and Arlington, would-be riders often wait until two or three trains have passed before one arrives with room to board.

Short of building entirely new subway or light-rail lines, it’s difficult to see how planners expect to move the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to be on hand for the Olympics.


Robert Levy