MBTA Radio Frequencies?

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Re: MBTA Radio Frequencies?

Postby dbperry » Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:24 pm

I just added the radio frequencies to the list of dispatchers under the "Dispatcher" definition in my "Glossary." Looking for someone to confirm or correct it.

http://dbperry.weebly.com/blog/glossary

Also saw a note about two new frequencies coming on line on 2/1/2016:

AAR 87 (161.415 MHz) Northside Terminal
AAR 41 (160.725 MHz) Old Colony dispatcher

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Re: MBTA Radio Frequencies?

Postby typesix » Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:48 pm

dbperry wrote:MBTA Subway and Bus operations can be heard with new firmware for one particular model of scanner.

the Uniden Bearcat BCD436HP and BCD536HP scanners can now monitor the Digital ProVoice format with a paid upgrade.


http://www.trainaficionado.com/mbtaprovoice/

Need to get me one of these!


Too bad digital scanners are expensive.
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Re: MBTA Radio Frequencies?

Postby MNCRR9000 » Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:07 pm

http://www.scan-ne.net/forums/showthrea ... -and-usage

This thread on Scan New England has a good breakdown of the frequencies being used. It is dated 12-18-2015 so fairly recent.
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Re: MBTA Radio Frequencies?

Postby BostonUrbEx » Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:07 am

dbperry wrote:MBTA Subway and Bus operations can be heard with new firmware for one particular model of scanner.

the Uniden Bearcat BCD436HP and BCD536HP scanners can now monitor the Digital ProVoice format with a paid upgrade.


http://www.trainaficionado.com/mbtaprovoice/

Need to get me one of these!


Quick, someone set up a live stream online. :)
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Re: MBTA Radio Frequencies?

Postby dieciduej » Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:01 pm

the Uniden Bearcat BCD436HP and BCD536HP scanners can now monitor the Digital ProVoice format with a paid upgrade.


Has anyone heard MBTA Bus or Subway operations with the EDACS Provoice upgrade?

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Re: MBTA Radio Frequencies?

Postby KB1KVD » Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:10 pm

The Old Colony will be on 160.725 (AAR 041) from south bay down. Dorchester branch will remain on 161.490 (AAR 092). Commuter rail North terminal dispatcher will be on 161.415 (AAR 087). Note that there is no pl on any of the road radios, except for tone knockdown of other base radio in the system.
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Re: MBTA Radio Frequencies?

Postby djimpact1 » Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:07 pm

dieciduej wrote:
the Uniden Bearcat BCD436HP and BCD536HP scanners can now monitor the Digital ProVoice format with a paid upgrade.


Has anyone heard MBTA Bus or Subway operations with the EDACS Provoice upgrade?

JoeD


I have not listened via the aforementioned Provoice upgrade, but have been listening for about 10 months, thanks to a standard non-commercial EDACS Provoice-ready unit. Those bus drivers deal with so much crap, whether it be mechanical problems or rowdy riders. Light & heavy rail has been pretty standard stuff. All a pleasure to listen to (when time permits).
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Re: MBTA Radio Frequencies?

Postby dbperry » Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:19 pm

I updated the "dispatcher" definition / section of the 'glossary' on my website. As always, I'm looking for anyone to proof-read / double check the info I have for dispatchers and frequencies.

http://dbperry.weebly.com/glossary

Thanks

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Re: MBTA Radio Frequencies?

Postby BostonUrbEx » Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:08 am

The dispatcher would work in conjunction with the train master or the chief engineer to implement workarounds for out-of-the-ordinary situations.


I take it "Chief Engineer" is supposed to actually say Chief Dispatcher?

Pan Am dispatchers are also members of the ATDA, and I believe Amtrak might be too.

Do the desks not change at all on nights and weekends on the South Side like they do on the North Side?
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Re: MBTA Radio Frequencies?

Postby GP40MC1118 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:20 am

Train Dispatcher's report and receive instructions from the Assistant Chief TD and/or Chief TD. The Chief, in turn,
works with the trainmaster, supervisor or "incident commander" to resolve service interruptions. They also work,
when applicable, with engineering, mechanical or other departments.

PAR and Amtrak TD's belong to the ATDA.

As far as the Keolis CETC TD's, I believe the Old Colony/Greenbush desks are combined on 3rd shift.

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Re: MBTA Radio Frequencies?

Postby dbperry » Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:06 am

BostonUrbEx wrote:I take it "Chief Engineer" is supposed to actually say Chief Dispatcher?


Good question. Where did I get "Chief Engineer?"

Edits made (for that and all issues noted above), and thanks again for the feedback.
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Re: MBTA Radio Frequencies?

Postby MNCRR9000 » Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:41 am

The Worcester Dispatcher are they in the South station CETC or in the Cobble Hill Commuter Rail Operations Center?
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Re: MBTA Radio Frequencies?

Postby GP40MC1118 » Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:00 am

Worcester Line is in CETC

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