With track and signal work completed, train speeds have increased from 60 mph to 79 mph; Local residents urged to exercise extra caution around tracks and railroad crossings
BOSTON, MA – January 14, 2016 – Keolis Commuter Services, which operates the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail system, today reminded passengers and residents to exercise caution along the Fitchburg Line now that maximum train speeds have increased from 60 mph to 79 mph as the result of track and signal upgrades between Boston and Fitchburg.
While the increased speeds will result in faster and more reliable service on the Fitchburg Line, Keolis officials said residents should be aware that trains will not only be traveling faster, but also could be using any track at any time and from either direction.
Because of the higher speeds and an increase in express train service to and from Boston, passengers at stations are advised to stay clear of all tracks until a train has passed or come to a complete stop.
Thus far, no incidents have occurred along the line as the result of the increased speed limits. But according to the train safety group Operation Lifesaver, by the time a locomotive engineer sees a trespasser or vehicle on the tracks, it’s too late to take action to avert an accident. It takes the average train traveling at 55 mph more than a mile—the length of 18 football fields—to stop.
As a reminder, it is illegal to trespass on MBTA railroad rights of way and tracks, and walking, biking, dirt bike riding, horseback riding, etc. is strictly prohibited. Cars, bicyclists and pedestrians should only traverse train tracks at designated crossings.
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