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UPDATE: MBTA 'Cautiously Optimistic" Service Will Resume Tuesday

Hurricane Sandy is expected to do its worst damage Monday into Tuesday.

UPDATE 8:30 p.m.: The MBTA announced tonight that service will remain suspended through Monday night but should resume on Tuesday, depending on conditions.

"MBTA crews are currently working to clear downed trees, power lines, and storm-related debris throughout the system.

"The MBTA is cautiously optimistic that regularly scheduled subway, bus, commuter boat, and RIDE service will resume at the start of service Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Regularly scheduled commuter rail service will resume on all lines except for the Providence Line where Amtrak continues to address overhead wire problems. Providence/Stoughton line customers should check MBTA.com and T-Alerts for updated service information."

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UPDATE 10:45 a.m.: Effective at 2 p.m. today, all MBTA service will be shut-down, according to the agency's latest alert. This includes the Commuter Rail.

"Customers are encouraged to make final MBTA trips as early as possible to ensure safe arrival at their destination. 

"Regularly scheduled service will operate until service is suspended."

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In a Severe Weather Alert, the MBTA has encouraged its customers to stay home and said that service may be suspended later in the day on Monday.

"Due to the storm, it is likely that the MBTA will have significant delays or suspensions in service preventing customers from returning home for a period of time," the agency said in an alert on its website.

"Commuter boat services are suspended effective the start of service Monday. The MBTA plans to operate regularly scheduled subway, bus, commuter rail and RIDE service Monday and for as long as it is safe to do so during the storm.

"MBTA staff has mobilized and has pre-positioned equipment to prepare for the impacts of the storm.  All construction sites have been secured, equipment secured or moved, and trees cut where possible in advance of the storms arrival.  Work crews are ready to respond to any storm-related issues that may emerge to limit any disruptions to service. 

"Customers are encouraged to check MBTA.com, follow the MBTA on Twitter @mbtaGM, and check local news broadcasts for updates throughout the storm. Customers interested in receiving text or e-mail updates are encouraged to sign up for T-Alerts."

For now, the Red Line continues to operate at normal service levels.

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