North Station Terminal Area Signal System Improvement Project
We are replacing the obsolete signal system that controls the movement of MBTA Commuter Rail and Amtrak trains in and out of North Station. A new, state-of-the-art microprocessor system will require less maintenance and reduce failures and train delays.
Although the project limits span about one linear mile, this area includes a complex network of tracks and switches that connect the station tracks at North Station, five major Commuter Rail lines, and the Boston Engine Terminal, where trains are stored and maintained.
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.
Construction contract awarded: July 2019
Projected completion: Winter 2022
Budget: $45.2 million
Why We’re Doing this Work
We’re upgrading the signal system to improve the reliability and resiliency of service at North Station. The new signals will improve efficiency and safety, and will support the future growth of the MBTA and Amtrak.
- This project is part of a larger initiative to enhance train capacity at North Station
- Work will be done in conjunction with a future project that will replace the drawbridge over the Charles River—both projects will allow use of all 12 North Station tracks
- Includes installation of two new crossovers, to allow more train routing options
In summer and fall 2022, all Commuter Rail lines out of North Station will experience some service changes due to construction. These changes will affect riders on the Newburyport/Rockport, Haverhill, Fitchburg, and Lowell lines.
For all questions and comments related to North Station Signal System improvements, please contact the project team at NorthStationSignals@mbta.com.
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