Passengers Abandon Disabled Train, Trek in Snow

They became stranded on board a Red Line train in Quincy, Mass.

Nearly 50 commuters in Massachusetts have been safely rescued after being stranded for more than two hours on an MBTA train that became disabled between stations.

A T spokesman says the Red Line train lost power between the Quincy Center and Quincy Adams stops Monday because the third rail is covered in snow. One man who was on board told NECN they were stuck for two hours.

T and Quincy fire personnel succeeded in getting 48 passengers off by about 9 a.m. Some of them then had to walk in the snow to shuttle buses, where they were taken to their intended destinations.

The agency was experiencing numerous delays and cancellations because of the latest snowstorm.

The MBTA is providing more limited service than on a typical weekday and is urging those who don't need to travel to stay home.

Rapid transit and subway trains will not run as frequently as they usually do during the morning and evening rush hours. Commuters can check the schedule at the MBTA website.

Many buses are running on snow routes.

The MBTA also announced that it has suspended Red Line service between Braintree and JFK/UMass stations and Orange Line service between Oak Grove and Sullivan stations for the remainder of the day due to "rapidly deteriorating" conditions.

Those sections were originally scheduled to be shut down from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. but will now be shut down through the end of service Monday night.

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