Franklin Line Double Track
The Franklin Line has one of the highest riderships on the Commuter Rail, and freight trains use the same tracks, which makes it a great candidate for projects that can improve capacity and make service more reliable.
We’re extending segments of double track between Franklin and Norwood Central stations. Once complete, this work will create a continuous second track along nearly all of the Franklin Line—helping to keep our Commuter Rail trains on schedule and supporting potential opportunities for increased service in the future.
- Contract awarded: May 2019
- Projected completion: Winter 2020
- Budget: $30 million
- Status: Phase 1 major work complete; Phases 2 and 3 in progress
Building a Better T
As part of our $9.6 billion, 5-year capital investment plan, we're renovating stations, modernizing fare collection systems, upgrading services for our buses, subways, and ferries, and improving the accessibility of the entire system.
We’re completing this work in phases, with construction on phase 2 and design work on phase 3 beginning simultaneously. In April 2020, we completed all major work on Phase 1. Minor work will be ongoing and will be done in conjunction with Phases 2 and 3.
As part of this work, we:
- Install new track and make drainage and infrastructure improvements
- Build new signal houses and retaining walls
- Add new ballast around the tracks
We’re adding 3.5 miles of track extending from Norfolk Station to near Franklin Station.
We expect this work to be completed by December 2020.
In the final phase, we will extend the second track between Walpole and Norwood Central by 4 miles. This will connect to the existing double track that runs from Norwood Central to just south of Readville Station. Upon completion of Phase 3, the Franklin Line will have double track from slightly north of Franklin Station to the southern limits of the City of Boston.
We expect to complete engineering and design work for this phase in 2020.