Fitchburg Line Upgrade Discussion

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Re: Fitchburg Line Upgrades

Postby cpf354 » Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:43 pm

MBCR and the T didn't do much advance notice on the project becasue it "only" affects off-peak service beyond So. Acton. Of course more than one confused person equals mass confusion, and there are riders out yonder to Ayer and Fitchburg that use the affected trains. I was riding on 423 today and the crew member working the car I was on was patiently explaining the bus transfer at South Acton to each affected passenger, while the PA announcment at North Station also advised of the bus substitution. I did notice a sandwich board set up at Ayer yesterday, but saw nothing about it at North Station.
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Re: Fitchburg Line Upgrades

Postby sery2831 » Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:51 pm

There have been sandwich board signs at all the stops from South Acton to Fitchburg and signs up around North Station since last Tuesday.
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Re: Fitchburg Line Upgrades

Postby ST214 » Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:34 am

Am i reading this right????

The affected trains will be runnning as 2 trains east of SA???

I also still don't understand why there will be no train Ayer-Fitchburg...They say maintence issues, but they have done it in the past, unless they're admitting there is not enough equipment to go around.

I also see the delay being longer than 20 minutes. I have a feeling i know the route the bus will take....it will take more than 20 minutes longer to do it.

sery2831 wrote:The next five weeks you will see this...
From mbta.com:
Beginning Monday June 1, 2009 and continuing for approximately 5 weeks:

~ Monday through Friday - 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM ~

Beginning Monday June 1, 2009, 12,000, ties will be replaced on the single track between South Acton and Ayer.

This project will last approximately 5 weeks and will necessitate busing passengers of mid-day trains between South Acton and Fitchburg (Outbound) and between Fitchburg and South Acton (Inbound).

Trains operating between Boston and South Acton (Outbound) and between South Acton and Boston (Inbound) will operate on schedule.

Inbound passengers being bused from Fitchburg, North Leominster, Shirley, Ayer and Littleton/Rte 495 Stations will be accommodated by an extra train located at South Acton. It is anticipated 20 minute delays may be experienced. These Inbound trains are #418, #420, #422 and #424.

Because of equipment maintenance issues, an extra train will not be located at Ayer to operate to and from the stations located west of Ayer. Passengers will be bused to those stations. It is anticipated 20 minute delays may be experienced. Outbound trains that will be bused are #417, #419, #421 and #423.

A PDF copy of the Fitchburg Line schedule may be obtained by clicking on this link: http://www.mbta.com/uploadedFiles/Docum ... rg_web.pdf

We apologize for any inconvenience that may be experienced because of this essential track work.
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Re: Fitchburg Line Upgrades

Postby GP40MC 1116 » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:11 pm

In situations where passengers need to be bussed outside of the normal MBTA bus area. Are MBTA busses used, or do they contract with another RTA or private company
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Re: Fitchburg Line Upgrades

Postby diburning » Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:41 pm

When they were bussing the Haverhill line, they contracted with Paul Revere Transportation (which ran old neoplan buses, but lets not get into that)

In short answer form, yes, they contract the bus service, and rarely if ever use regular MBTA buses for the commuter rail.
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Re: Fitchburg Line Upgrades

Postby AEM7AC920 » Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:25 am

Wilson is the bus service out of Templeton MA
AMTRAK HAWK DETECTOR TRACK 1 NOOO DEFECTS OUT!
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Re: Fitchburg Line Upgrades

Postby davidp » Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:55 am

The tie gang was working between the Sargent Road and Depot Road crossings in Boxborough yesterday.

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Fitchburg line upgrade question

Postby davidp » Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:22 pm

In recent weeks I've noticed that the signal located near MP at the Sargent Road crossing in Boxborough has been constantly lit. In the past this has always been an approach lit signal...has something changed as part of the Fitchburg Line upgrade program? Tie replacement between South Acton and WIllows seems to have been complete for the past couple of months - what happens next? Is the the plan still to raise train speeds on this section?

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Re: Fitchburg line upgrade question

Postby kwf » Tue Sep 15, 2009 7:30 am

davidp wrote:In recent weeks I've noticed that the signal located near MP at the Sargent Road crossing in Boxborough has been constantly lit. In the past this has always been an approach lit signal...has something changed as part of the Fitchburg Line upgrade program? Tie replacement between South Acton and WIllows seems to have been complete for the past couple of months - what happens next? Is the the plan still to raise train speeds on this section?

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I noticed the same thing at Hill's Crossing in Belmont a couple of years ago. It eventually went back to approach lit....
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Re: Fitchburg Line Upgrades

Postby Mcoov » Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:54 pm

On my bike ride today, I saw both large piles of ties, and equipment near the old "Harwood" depot in Littleton.
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Re: Fitchburg Line Upgrades

Postby ST214 » Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:50 am

Yup...check the advisories...trackwork MON-FRI for another month between Concord and South Acton. Delays of 20-30 minutes to off peak midday trains.
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Re: Fitchburg Line Upgrades

Postby Mcoov » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:23 pm

Does anybody know when the second track will be put in between S. Acton, and the Willows?
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Re: Fitchburg Line Upgrades

Postby jaymac » Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:11 pm

Mcoov-
Pls check 130MM's postings of 16 and 19 JAN 09 in the "3" block of this forum.
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Re: Fitchburg Line Upgrades

Postby Mcoov » Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:22 pm

From what I can make out, the double tracking has taken a back seat, but it will still occur.
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Re: Fitchburg Line Upgrades

Postby sery2831 » Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:18 am

Seems as though the double track will not go all the way to the Willows. Looks like they want to fix the bottle neck at Acton then let it go back to single track.
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