New York and Boston show off empty streets and train tracks on Twitter

Skift Take

It’s not unlikely that more people will know the status of the snowfall from their Twitter feed than looking out the window, and big storms give cities a chance to shine on social media, one that they’d be foolish to waste.

— Samantha Shankman

As the biggest blizzard of 2013 hit the Northeast last night, the transportation authorities of New York and Boston took to Twitter to share photos of empty streets and train tracks, as well as what the city was doing to help keep people safe.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority posted more than twenty photos and a video on their Twitter feed, while New York’s MTA posted only three. Disappointing, considering that MTA posted some of the most intriguing pictures of empty transit stations and streets during Hurricane Sandy.

Below are the pictures posted on MTA’s Flickr account, followed by the tweets and pictures shared by the MBTA. We’ll be updating this page as more snowy shots are shared throughout Saturday:

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It’ll be tough getting up the stairs to Scarsdale station on the MTA Metro-North Railroad line. Photo taken early Saturday morning.

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Trains are covered in snow at MTA Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Yard. Photo taken very early Saturday morning.

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The 7 Train pulls into Woodside during snowstorm on Friday night. The 7 continued to run to Manhattan throughout interruption during the storm.

MTA storm photosThe rail yard in Stamford, CT, after Metro-North service was suspended Friday night.

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A MTA employee salts the platforms at Queensboro Plaza. Photo by: Patrick Cashin.

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Buses drive Madison Avenue as the snow starts Friday evening. Photo by: Patrick Cashin.

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The tires on MTA New York City buses are covered in chains in preparation for the storm. Photo by: Thomas Losito.

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