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Franklin Line Double Track

Track surfacing equipment will tamp down the stone ballast and spread it evenly around the tracks

The Franklin Line has one of the highest riderships on the Commuter Rail, and freight trains use the same tracks, which makes it a great candidate for projects that improve performance and capacity.

We’re adding roughly 4 miles of double track extending from just west of Walpole Station to Rockwood Road near Norfolk Station.

  • Contract awarded: May 2019
  • Projected completion: November 2020
  • Budget: $30 million
  • Status: In progress

Currently, a short second track segment lies just west of Walpole Station. To use it for passing, trains must pull into it and wait for trains coming in the opposite direction to go by.

The second track we’re adding will extend this segment and allow for passing trains to continue along without stopping—and help keep our Commuter Rail trains on schedule for more reliable service.

The track will also serve as the foundation for future double track projects on the Franklin Line.

Building a Better T 2020

This project is one of many we are accelerating in 2020 that will deliver results to riders sooner.

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Building a Better T 2020

This project is one of many we are accelerating in 2020 that will deliver results to riders sooner.

Learn more about this work