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Major Cabot Yard and Maintenance Facility Improvements Underway

Updated on February 5, 2020

Crew members prepare to install third rail alongside the new Red Line track at Cabot Yard

We’re making major infrastructure upgrades to the Cabot Yard and Maintenance Facility, where we store and maintain Red Line vehicles each day. These improvements will help bring the new Red Line fleet into service and will make it easier, safer, and faster for crews to work on vehicles.

The project is 13% complete, and we’re doing the work in phases so the yard and facility can stay in service during construction. So far, we’ve:

  • Begun construction on 2 of the 19 zones that we will be rehabilitating in the maintenance facility
  • Started replacing track in 1 out of 6 zones in the yard—we’ve replaced 5,000 feet so far out of a total of 29,476 feet (about 17%)
  • Poured concrete for the foundation for Cabot Yard’s new parts and storage building
  • Installed 2 new bridge cranes in the maintenance facility for safer, more efficient vehicle repair work

Building a Better T

As part of our $8 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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What’s Next

Throughout 2020, we’ll be working on other improvements in the facility and yard:

  • Facility upgrades including new lifts, maintenance platform, paint booth, a wheel truing machine, and an efficient, environmentally friendly train wash station
  • ADA-accessible crew quarters in the facility
  • New rail yard tracks, power systems, and signals
  • Standardized special track for easier yard maintenance
  • New wireless technology in the yard that will support a remote, early-warning diagnostics and alert system

We look forward to the role these upgrades will play in bringing the new Red Line fleet into service and keeping them maintained.

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Building a Better T

As part of our $8 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