Design manuals, guidelines, and maintenance standards for work on MBTA projects have been collected here for design consultants and project managers. The documents, within 6 categories, are available as PDFs. For situations not covered by these documents, consult an MBTA project manager for further information.
Note: Standards are evaluated and updated on an ongoing basis. Every attempt will be made to include updates in the Directives section. It is the design consultant’s responsibility to ensure the latest standards and requirements are used. Where conflicts exist, typically the most stringent requirement apply.
Directives override standards and guidelines for specific elements in prior documents.
Guides, manuals, and materials provide design requirements and goals for MBTA facilities including stations, bridges, and signage.
Procedures and requirements in these documents outline facilities’ maintenance and operational needs.
Several project design manuals, including select manuals for South Coast Rail and the Green Line Extension, are available for reference and guidance only.
Requirements and expectations for drawings and specifications offer guidance for different stages of design development.
These materials describe requirements for work on, over, under, within, or adjacent to MBTA railroad property.
Programs focusing on MBTA system upgrade plans and priorities.