Transit Projects

Rockport Commuter Rail Station Improvements

 Rockport Station is at the terminus for the Rockport/Ipswich Commuter Rail Line. The station consists of a single 340-foot long platform with a canopy along the north side of the mainline track and also operates as a layover facility storing four (4) six-car trains overnight, providing layover power to the locomotives.  In addition to the mainline track, there are four, stub-end siding tracks and one double ended siding track connected to the mainline track.


 The purpose of this project is two-fold.  A power upgrade will enhance operating flexibility, and limit locomotive idling time.  Additionally, a new information kiosk will be installed for the regional transportation authority.  This work represents the initial steps toward implementation of the Rockport station site improvements envisioned by the MBTA in consultation with the Rockport community.

 The existing electrical substation at the Station does not have adequate capacity to supply auxiliary power to the 4 train engines in the storage yard at one time. The scope of this project will include an electrical upgrade that will supply auxiliary power to operate the heat, air conditioning and operational service elements of the trains while the diesel electric engines are shut down.  This will reduce the amount of time that the engines idle at start up.

The power upgrade will expand the capacity of the power system at the station, from 175-200 amps per locomotive laying over at the station to 600 amps. 600 amps is the current required amperage per the MBTA’s current design standard for at all new layover facilities. The proposed electrical power upgrade will allow the Rockport layover facilities to conform to the MBTA’s layover standard, and improve our operating capabilities. The goal is to design and construct the substation and power duct banks such that they will be compatible with future improvements for the station.  Further, the new substation will be located on the east side of Pooles Lane adjacent to Evans Field to avoid any conflict with historic underground artifacts on the site.

 An information kiosk will be sited at the north end of the station's platform to provide information to commuters and tourists on available transportation connections and services.  The kiosk is anticipated to be a metal and glass structure, for protection from inclement weather and will include lighting.  The kiosk will provide up to date information on local and regional transportation.  The size of the structure is envisioned to be approximately 80 square feet.

The MBTA will coordinate with the local bus service provider CATA in the design and placement of the information kiosk and specifics regarding the display of CATA schedule information material and technology. The kiosk will be designed so as to have the capacity to display real time bus arrival information, should CATA's in-vehicle technology support the application in the future.

Neither project will touch or impact the existing station platforms.

The scopes of this project support but have independent utility from a full rehabilitation of the Rockport Station and will be constructed so as not to preclude a future station rehab.

The design plans are being developed by Nitsch Engineering
The current schedule is summarized as follows:
100% Design submittal-   October, 2013
Advertise for Construction-  2nd Quarter 2014
Completion of Construction-  4th Quarter 2014