Equipment derailment damaged third rail on Red Line overnight

Equipment derailment damaged third rail on Red Line overnight

Early morning drivers on part of the MBTA Red Line were diverted to shuttles on Tuesday as crews worked to repair damage from an overnight derailment of construction equipment. Construction equipment derailed on the redline near Quincy Center around 1:20 a.m., MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo confirmed. He said the derailment damaged the third rail. Construction equipment was back on the tracks at 3:45 a.m. and repairs to the third rail were completed around 5 a.m., Pesaturo said. It was the first night in a series of scheduled overnight stops on the Braintree Branch of the Red Line, where the MBTA is working on sleeper replacements and track realignment. When completed, the project will allow the transit agency to remove speed restrictions along the Braintree branch. overnight maintenance work.” The post made no mention of the overnight derailment. Pesaturo said 25 shuttles provided service while power was restored and tests were carried out. Red Line service was restored at 6:20 a.m. The night’s incident was the seventh derailment involving a maintenance vehicle on the MBTA since July 1, 2021, Pesaturo confirmed.Three of those incidents involved a tool cart during Blue Line work in May Last week, federal transportation authorities ordered the MBTA to “implement an immediate safety shutdown” beginning this weekend, affecting all employees who work with disabled rail vehicles at the facilities of maintenance and rail yards at the T. Hundreds of employees are affected, the MBTA said.

Early morning drivers on part of the MBTA Red Line were diverted to shuttles on Tuesday as crews worked to repair damage from an overnight derailment of construction equipment.

Construction equipment derailed on the redline near Quincy Center around 1:20 a.m., MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo confirmed. He said the derailment damaged the third rail.

Construction equipment was back on the tracks at 3:45 a.m. and repairs to the third rail were completed around 5 a.m., Pesaturo said.

It was the first night in a series of scheduled overnight stops on the Braintree Branch of the Red Line, where the MBTA is working on sleeper replacements and track realignment. When completed, the project will allow the transit agency to remove speed restrictions along the Braintree branch.

At 5:10 a.m., the MBTA tweeted that shuttles would replace trains on the branch between Braintree and JFK/UMass “due to late completion of overnight maintenance work”. The message made no mention of the overnight derailment.

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Pesaturo said 25 shuttles provided service while power was restored and tests were carried out. Red Line service was restored at 6:20 a.m.

The night’s incident was the seventh derailment involving a maintenance vehicle on the MBTA since July 1, 2021, Pesaturo confirmed. Three of those incidents involved a tool cart during Blue Line work in May.

Last week, federal transportation authorities ordered the MBTA to “implement an immediate safety shutdown” starting this weekend, affecting all employees who work with disabled rail vehicles in maintenance facilities. and the marshalling yards of the T.

Hundreds of employees are affected, the MBTA said.


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