Gov. Charlie Baker says he's been reaching out to federal officials as Massachusetts prepares to make a formal request for disaster relief following the spate of recent snowstorms.

Baker said Massachusetts has struggled with snow removal costs, coastal damage, a business slowdown, and nearly 150 structures with collapsed roofs due to the storms that dumped more than seven feet of snow across the state.

Baker made the comments Monday as he returned from a National Governor's Association meeting in Washington.

He said Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have been encouraging.

Baker said President Barack Obama has also acknowledged the pummeling New England has taken in the past month.

Baker also said the MBTA should consider some kind of good will gesture to riders forced to deal with weeks of cancelled and stalled service.

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