MBTA Gives Electrification Go-Ahead

The feelings were electric. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Fiscal and Management Control Board used one unanimous vote to clear the way for electrification of the state’s commuter rail system. The move will create better service to many communities in the state, MBTA said.

Keolis Awards $25K in Scholarships

Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis), the MBTA’s operating partner for Commuter Rail, recently awarded $25,000 to 25 local students as part of the 2019 Keolis Scholars program.

MBTA Orange Line Cars Pulled From Service: Report

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has taken all of its new CRRC (China Railway Rolling Stock Corp.) MA-built Orange Line rapid transit cars out of service to install replacement door bump stops after one door leaf opened on one car while its six-car trainset was in motion, according to a report by MASSLive. The trainset went into emergency braking automatically and stopped, according to the MBTA. No injuries were reported.

NRC Wins $15MM MBTA Contract

Network Rail Consulting (NRC) was awarded a $15 million contract by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to: assist the agency in managing its assets in accordance with best practice principles, support the upgrade of several rail lines to higher levels of performance, and secure a specific set of outcomes desired by the Board and staff.

MassDOT, MBTA approve $18B capital plan

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Fiscal Management and Control Board voted June 18 to approve the five-year $18.3 billion MassDOT and MBTA Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for Fiscal Years 2020-2024.

Gangemi joins HNTB as Senior Project Manager, AVP

HNTB Corp. announced April 8 that Alexa Gangemi, P.M.P., has joined the infrastructure firm as a Transit/Rail Senior Project Manager and Associate Vice President, based in the company’s New York City offices.

No cash? No worries: MBTA

Beginning this fall, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail passengers will be able to purchase tickets onboard with a credit or debit card from conductors equipped with smartphones

CRRC MA showcases diversity

CRRC MA, which is constructing new passenger railcars for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Orange and Red lines in Boston, recently held a Supplier Diversity and Procurement Fair encompassing more than 40 minority and women owned businesses and approximately 150 corporations.

Winter storm rakes Northeast rail lines

Passenger rail operators were returning some lines to service in the Northeast after a second straight Nor’easter whipsawed the region with heavy snow.

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Keolis, MBTA driving toward drones

Drones (formally called UAS, for “Unmanned Aerial System”) are becoming an important tool in railroad engineering and maintenance. Keolis Commuter Services, which operates regional/commuter rail for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, is among the latest to adopt the technology.