• Planned Service Suspensions (Was: Orange Line To Close...)

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Discussion relating to commuter rail, light rail, and subway operations of the MBTA.

Moderators: CRail, sery2831

  by MBTA3247
 
At least part of the problem is slow orders over much of the line while the new track settles. Those are expected to be eliminated by next Monday.
  by CRail
 
This is standard any time new track is laid. Tie jobs typically only replace every 3rd tie to negate the need, but new track installations and complete replacements require a settling period.
  by charlesriverbranch
 
Why is the train frequency so low that people are experiencing 20+ minute wait times? Even if the trains have to be slow, why are there so few of them?
  by CRail
 
They replaced 120 cars with 70. Without the Hawkers in the mix, they don't have enough equipment to run the level of service the line actually requires.
  by R36 Combine Coach
 
Normal weekday peak schedule is 6 minutes. Would available new cars handle a Saturday schedule (10 minutes)
all day?
  by theMainer
 
CRail wrote: Sat Sep 24, 2022 6:35 pm They replaced 120 cars with 70. Without the Hawkers in the mix, they don't have enough equipment to run the level of service the line actually requires.
They are limited to a pseudo-Weekend schedule at all times currently due to the dispatcher shortage. From what I've heard they will be running the CRRC's mostly with the Hawkers filling in as needed. It appears the only cars that are being scrapped thus far are the ones from the deadline north of Wellington.
  by CRail
 
Service levels currently experienced drop beneath those of a weekend schedule. The line is typically dispatched by a single person, shared with the blue line on weekends. Even if the line has to share a dispatcher at all times, the 50% of previous fleet size is still the limiting factor.
  by dieciduej
 
Here we are a week of the grand re-opening of the Orange Line and for a brief moment, Friday of last week there was full speed Wellington, my home station, to Community College. Last week there was full speed from the Community College portal to the Back Bay crossovers.

Now, actually over the weekend the slow orders returned for Wellington to Community. Have things not settled with the track work? And why are there more Xs on the ties? I thought the idea was to X eliminate.
  by TurningOfTheWheel
 
It's probably been documented elsewhere on this forum but they are continuing to do trackwork after hours north of NS. What exactly this work entails I don't know, but the slow zones will remain in place until it is finished (plus settling time).