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Green Line speed restrictions not lifted, in the most T way possible

The MBTA announced this morning it was unable to lift the “global” speed restrictions on the Green Line this morning as it had hoped just yesterday:

While running a Green Line test train in areas where defects had previously been detected, crews identified speed signs that need to be relocated to implement block restrictions. As result, the global speed restriction will remain in place until this manual process is completed.

In an update to the update, the MBTA says:

The MBTA has identified 30 speed limit signs that need to be relocated on the Green Line, and that work is taking place today. After that work is completed, the MBTA will re-run test trains on the entire line. The MBTA apologizes for the continued disruption to service for its riders.

Yesterday, interim MBTA General Manager Jeff Gonneville had said that while the T would lift the “global” speed restrictions – as low as 10 m.ph. in some spots – it would keep in place new speed restrictions in certain track “blocks” until inspectors could go over those stretches and track workers could fix any problems they identified, so that even without the “global” restrictions, trips would still take more time.

Photo, from the Library of Congress, shows people above Altsch Glacier in Switzerland sometime between 1860 and 1890.



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