• Additional 27 Locomotives to be Refurbished

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    May 03, 2019

    Additional 27 Locomotives to be Refurbished

    On April 29, the MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board approved funding for an additional 27 F-40 type locomotives to undergo complete overhauls that will extend their usable life and improve reliability for Commuter Rail customers. After millions of passenger miles and years of exposure to the elements, these locomotives will return to passenger service in like-new condition and come equipped with modern fuel saving and safety technologies.

    A series of overhaul programs by the MBTA, Keolis and manufacturers have contributed to improved on-time performance (OTP) by reducing instances of locomotive mechanical issues. The 10-year OTP average on Commuter Rail is 87 percent. Similar investments by the Baker Administration, MBTA and Keolis have delivered 89 percent OTP in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Year-to-date OTP is currently 91 percent. Although there is much more work to do, these locomotive overhaul programs are helping to further strengthen reliability for passengers. 
    Locomotive number 1054 before and after its overhaul. 

    MBTA to Reconstruct Chelsea Commuter Rail Station

    On Monday, the FMCB also approved the design and reconstruction of Commuter Rail's Chelsea Station on the Newburyport/Rockport Line. The new station will be a multi-modal hub that connects riders with Silver Line service to the Seaport and a multi-use greenway. The new station will include high level platforms and increase accessibility to improve operations, the customer experience and Commuter Rail performance. 
    A rendering of the new Chelsea Station.

    MBTA, Keolis Invest into Franklin Line Infrastructure

    Recently, Keolis and the MBTA began work to install 3.4 miles of double track on the Franklin Line between Walpole and Norfolk Stations. The new section of track will help provide greater operational flexibility, increase capacity and further improve Commuter Rail performance and reliability. 

    Work underway includes the replacement of West Street bridge in Walpole, ground work to bring track areas to grade, the installation of new signal infrastructure and environmental mitigation. Rail installation and the construction of a new West Street Bridge will begin in June with the new section of double track becoming operational by early 2020. Currently, only five of the Franklin Line's 21 miles are double track. 
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    Images above, clockwise from top left: Removal of West Street Bridge truss; installation of conduits for signal and safety infrastructure; excavation of retaining wall area; pouring footing of retaining wall.

    Keolis Updates Mass By Train Website

    The MBTA and Keolis Mass by Train website has a new look and includes detailed trip itineraries, rider information and dozens of destinations and activities mapped across the Commuter Rail network. As part of Commuter Rail's first ever comprehensive marketing campaign, this website is a helpful tool to encourage more leisure travelers to use the train as a convenient transit solution.

    Visitors to the site will discover attractions and activities that can be reached using $10 Weekend fares. These special weekend passes have been made permanent and enable riders to travel all weekend, across all zones and lines for just $10. Paying adults can travel with two children 12 and under for free! 
    About Keolis Commuter Services
    Keolis Commuter Services is the MBTA's commuter rail operating partner. Keolis is a global leader in public transport management and innovation with operations in 16 countries. With its North American HQ in Boston, around the world the company provides a full range of mobility solutions, including heavy rail, bus, trams, bicycles and autonomous vehicles.
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