MBTA Announces Ambitious Track Improvement Program to Eliminate All Speed Restrictions by End of 2024 

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) today announced the launch of its Track Improvement Program, a major, bold initiative to eliminate all existing speed restrictions and fix tracks closer to a state of good repair by the end of next year. This means that the infrastructure is structurally sound, functional, and meets all applicable safety and performance standards. The program is part of the MBTA’s broader efforts to “Rebuild, Restore, and Reimagine” the public transit system.

The MBTA’s new program to fix the tracks will involve a wide range of work, including spot repairs, tie replacements, rail replacement, and ballast replacement. The MBTA will also be expanding its engineering teams and engaging specialized rail contractors to execute the work efficiently. The MBTA will schedule Track Improvement Program work during nights, weekends, and shutdown periods to minimize service, time, and cost impacts.

Speed restrictions are limitations on the speed at which trains can travel to ensure the safety of riders and workers. Existing speed restrictions total 191 as of November 6. This year, the program aims to address 39 speed restrictions to further reduce travel times. Next year, by the end of 2024, the plan endeavors to revitalize over 27,900 railroad ties and 124,880 feet of track to improve safety and reliability. Over 208,000 feet of tamping (a process used to pack the track ballast under railway tracks to make the tracks and roadbed more durable and level) will help smooth riding surfaces and allow for more comfortable, efficient train operations for the public we serve.

-via Press Release

This article was posted on: November 9, 2023