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Riders Evacuated From Disabled Red Line Train In Storm

QUINCY (CBS/AP) — The MBTA worked with firefighters Monday morning to get riders off a disabled Red Line train in Quincy during the snowstorm.

The train was stopped on the southbound tracks between Quincy Center and Quincy Adams stations, due to a lack of power on the third rail.

Attempts to move it were unsuccessful, according to MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo, so the fire department was called in.

About 50 passengers were evacuated safely and taken to a bus after more than an hour of being stuck on the train.

Quincy Red Line Train
Passengers evacuated from the Red Line train Monday morning. (Photo credit: Scott H.)

Red Line trains are replaced with buses between the JFK and Braintree stations for the rest of the day.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kim Tunnicliffe reports:

"They were sending a rescue train to try and push it back into Quincy station but they were unable to," Quincy Deputy Fire Capt. Jack Cadegan told WBZ-TV. "When that got there they were able to push it  a certain amount but then that got stuck also."

The troubled MBTA is promising to provide service during the Boston area's latest snowstorm, although on a more limited basis than a typical weekday.

Check: MBTA Service Alerts

The transit agency has been plagued by problems this winter caused by large amounts of snow and frigid temperatures, including breakdowns and long delays.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Agency said Monday it is urging those who don't need to travel to stay home.

Rapid transit and subways trains will not run as frequently as they usually do during the morning and evening rush hours.

Many buses will run on snow routes to avoid sharp corners and steep hills.

The MBTA is telling riders to expect delays.

Most subway lines and commuter rail lines were experiencing delays. One Greenbush line train was delayed an hour.

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