Rail

MBTA to enhance commuter service

Posted on January 7, 2010

On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announced that it will begin a procurement process in 2012 for a new contract to operate commuter rail services and, in the interim, has exercised the final option on the contract with the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. (MBCR) to operate the system until July 1, 2013. 

 

The MBTA also announced a series of immediate customer-focused improvements targeted at enhancing the riding experience for the tens of thousands of commuter rail users who depend on the trains every day.

 

The customer improvements begin on Thursday when a new real-time passenger information system is launched on the Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, and Middleboro/Lakeville Lines.

 

For the first time, customers on the train platforms will be provided with "real-time" arrival information. Displayed in a countdown format on easy-to-read electronic message boards, the information will provide minute-accurate train arrival times to customers waiting for their trains.

  

Additionally, MassDOT and the MBTA announced that by the end of the summer the commuter rail system’s Wi-Fi service will be expanded to every train on every line, making the MBTA the only commuter rail operator in the country to offer Wi-Fi service on every passenger coach of every train. The installation work begins this spring, and before the end of the summer, all 410 coaches in the commuter rail fleet will offer Wi-Fi service.

 

In conjunction with the "next train" countdown, the MBTA is preparing to launch a communications system that will allow commuter rail customers to get the same real-time information on their radios. Before the end of the January, this service will be available at the Anderson Regional Transportation Center. In the following weeks, the radio system will be installed at all commuter rail stations that offer 50 or more parking spaces. 

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

STV, WSP USA to support L.A. Metro rail vehicle acquisition

Acquisition of new heavy rail vehicles and associated equipment that will play a key part in Metro’s systemwide rail expansion over the next decade.

Stadler breaks ground on railcar manufacturing plant in Salt Lake City

Its 62-acre property boasts 75,000 square feet of production space for the bogie, main, pre- and final assembly of single- and bi-level trains.

Stadler, Fort Worth Transportation Authority unveil 1st U.S. FLIRT train

The new commuter trains for TEXRail have been designed to reach maximum speeds of 81 mph and boast a coupled length of 266 feet each.

Design-build taking transit into the future

Design-build minimizes risk, reduces delivery time, keeps budgets in line, and mitigates funding partner concerns throughout project duration. With traditional design-bid-build, owners, designers, and contractors are segregated from design concept to final construction.

Texas' DCTA taps LAN for railroad engineering services

As part of its services, LAN will provide rail system guideway design, additions or modifications to existing guideway, signal system design, rail bridge engineering and inspection, station design, schedule modeling, and emergency railroad engineering services.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close