Equipment derailment damaged third track on red line

Early morning drivers on part of the MBTA Red Line were diverted to shuttle buses on Tuesday as crews worked to repair damage caused by a nighttime derailment of construction equipment. Construction equipment derailed on the Red Line near Quincy Center at approximately 1:20 a.m., MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo confirmed. He said the derailment damaged the third rail. Construction equipment was rerailed at 3:45 a.m. and repairs to the third rail were completed around 5:00 a.m., Pesaturo said. It was the first night of a series of planned overnight shutdowns on the Red Line’s Braintree Branch, as the MBTA is working on tire replacement and track realignment. Once the project is complete, the carrier will be able to lift the speed limits along the Braintree branch. nighttime maintenance work.” The post made no mention of the nighttime derailment. Pesaturo said 25 shuttle buses were on duty while power was restored and tests were conducted. Red Line service was restored at 6:20 am. The nighttime incident was the seventh derailment with a maintenance vehicle on the MBTA since July 1, 2021, Pesaturo confirmed.Three of those incidents involved a utility vehicle during Blue Line operations in May. Last week, federal transportation authorities ordered the MBTA to “deploy an immediate security measure from this weekend.” “which affects all workers working with disabled rail vehicles in the T’s maintenance facilities and rail yards. Hundreds of workers are affected, the MBTA said.

Early morning drivers on part of the MBTA Red Line were diverted to shuttle buses on Tuesday as crews worked to repair damage caused by a nighttime derailment of construction equipment.

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

Construction equipment was rerailed at 3:45 a.m. and repairs to the third rail were completed around 5:00 a.m., Pesaturo said.

It was the first night of a series of planned overnight shutdowns on the Red Line’s Braintree Branch, as the MBTA is working on tire replacement and track realignment. Once the project is complete, the carrier will be able to lift the speed limits along the Braintree branch.

At 05.10 am the MBTA tweeted that shuttle buses would replace trains on the branch between Braintree and JFK/UMass “due to late completion of overnight maintenance work.” The report made no mention of the nighttime derailment.

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Pesaturo said 25 shuttle buses were on duty while power was restored and tests were conducted. Red Line service was restored at 6:20 AM

The nighttime incident was the seventh maintenance vehicle derailment on the MBTA since July 1, 2021, Pesaturo confirmed. Three of those incidents involved a tool trolley during Blue Line operations in May.

Last week, federal transportation authorities ordered the MBTA to “implement an immediate safety measure” beginning this weekend, affecting all workers who work with disabled rail vehicles at the T.

Hundreds of workers have been affected, the MBTA said.

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