SafeTrack Surge #8: Franconia-Springfield to Van Dorn Street

Final Progress Report as of 9/23/16

Franconia‐Springfield to Van Dorn St., Continuous Single Tracking August 27 - September 11 (with Full Shutdown August 27‐28, September 3‐5, 10‐11)

Renewal of rail and power infrastructure on this portion of the Blue and Yellow Rush+ lines, including crossties, track circuit equipment, and power cables 

The critical tasks completed during the surge include:

  • Replaced over 7,000 crossties
  • Welded 27 joints
  • Replaced over 350 insulators
  • Repaired over 50 power cables, over 190 damaged orange boots and over 25 pigtails
  • Repaired 66 track junction boxes and 500 Intrusion Detection Warning System boxes, important safety features along fence lines
  • Inspected and repaired power and IT connections to 70 emergency trip station boxes, ensuring that power can be quickly removed from the third rail in case of emergencies
  • Removed vegetation and trash from over 16,000 feet of the track bed, improving drainage and eliminating fire hazards, and replaced missing or damaged signs 
SafeTrack Photo Gallery (click on photo to view)

joint work