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Red Line Transformation Program

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As part of the Capital Transformation Program, the Red Line Transformation (RLT) is improving the quality of service for the T’s most popular line.

The RLT program will help increase service frequency, improve reliability, and enhance operations. This program will also support the expansion of Red Line fleet, which will increase train capacity and rider comfort. Achieving this requires major upgrades to train yards, maintenance facilities, testing facilities, signals, and power systems.

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.

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All RLT Projects

ProjectLocationStatus
ProjectRed Line Signal UpgradesLocation red line SystemwideStatus In progress
ProjectNew Red Line VehiclesLocation red line SystemwideStatus In progress
ProjectCabot Yard and Maintenance FacilityLocation red line Cabot YardStatus In progress
ProjectCodman Yard Expansion and ImprovementsLocation red line Codman YardStatus In progress
ProjectAlewife Crossover ImprovementsLocation red line Between Alewife and Davis StationsStatus In progress
ProjectRed Line Test TrackLocation red line Cabot YardStatus Complete

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RLT Levels of Transformation

The Red Line Transformation portfolio of projects is aligned by multiple Levels of Transformation, including:


Red Line Signal Upgrades

The train detection electronics and relays inside the signal bungalow at Forest Hills Station will be replaced.

The analog signal system on the Red Line will be fully replaced with new, digital infrastructure.

Contract awarded: November 2018
Projected completion: Summer 2023
Budget: $217 million (total value for Red Line and Orange Line signal upgrades)
Status: 48% complete


New Red Line Vehicles

The Red Line fleet will be entirely replaced with modern, more efficient, more spacious vehicles by 2024.

 Contract awarded: 2014
Projected completion: 2024
Budget: $1 billion (total value for Red Line and Orange Line new vehicles)
Status: One new train added to the fleet; more in production


Red Line Test Track

The Red Line test track and vehicle commissioning facility were formally completed in December 2021. These improvements provide a dedicated area with a connection to Cabot Yard to commission the future Red Line fleet.

Contract awarded: November 2017
Budget: $22 million
Status: Completed December 2021


Cabot Yard and Maintenance Facility

Cabot Maintenance Facility: Planned improvements, including a maintenance platform, car wash, paint booth, wheel truing machine, and cranes. Rendering by designer on record.

Cabot Yard, the facility in South Boston where we store and care for Red Line vehicles each day, will be fully upgraded for safer, more efficient maintenance.

Contract awarded: August 2018
 Projected completion: Summer 2023
Budget: $214 million
Status: 32% complete


Alewife Crossover Improvements

We’re reconstructing the track crossing between Alewife and Davis stations on the Red Line to allow for increased operating speed. This will improve reliability and support our goal of three-minute headways.

  • Design contract awarded: July 2019
  • Anticipated construction start: Spring 2022
  • Projected completion: Fall 2022
  • Budget: $12M
  • Status: Long lead material procurement and inspection underway

Public Meetings and Presentations

Learn more about how we’re engaging with the public and the MBTA Board as this program progresses.

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Contact Us

For questions or comments related to this project, please email the Red Line Transformation team at RLT@mbta.com.

To report construction issues or noise complaints, please call the RLT project hotline at 617-222-3050.

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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.

Learn more

Recent Updates

View all project updates