- Briefing Room
Boston Metropolitan Region, Massachusetts
|Project Sponsor / Borrower||
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
|Fiscal Year Closed||
Fiscal Year 2018
The project implements positive train control (PTC) technology and associated supporting infrastructure required to comply with federally-mandated PTC requirements (49 CFR 236, Subpart I). The project will be applied to the full MBTA commuter rail system covering approximately 400 combined track miles (purple lines on the map). It consists of the installation of onboard controls, wayside signals, system-wide communications, and an upgraded, centralized dispatch.
The project provides significant safety benefits by addressing the impacts of human error to automatically reduce train speeds or stop trains to avoid a collision or derailment. The system can prevent trains from traveling at excessive speed through or entering work zones without proper authority, keep trains from being routed though misaligned switches, and protect the movement of trains through failed or inoperative grade-crossing systems. The interoperable system accommodates tenant and host railroads sharing tracks.
$516.7 million (TIFIA eligible project costs)
TIFIA loan - $162.0 million
Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan - $220.0 million
|Project Delivery / Contract Method||
Design-builder / Systems integrator: Ansaldo STS USA
|Project Advisors / Consultants||
Jacobs/LTK - Program management
Keolis - Implementation support
To USDOT Build America Bureau
USDOT TIFIA and RRIF
|Duration / Status||
Design-build contract awarded 2015
Hardware installation 2017 - 2018
Software installation 2018 - 2020
Installation complete by the end of 2020
|TIFIA Credit Assistance||
Direct Loan - $162.0 million
The TIFIA loan is secured by pledged state sales tax revenues.
TIFIA credit agreement was signed on December 8, 2017. The TIFIA loan will mature in January 2039.
|Related Links / Articles|
MBTA PTC Hotline