- Building a Better T is an $8 billion plus
investment plan to build a safer,
more reliable T.
We're gonna replace every car on the
red and orange line.
We're beginning the transformation of the green line.
We're redesigning and expanding the bus system
to serve a changing demographic and we're also
making changes to the commuter rail,
again, to serve a broader population.
This fall we had 10 weekend diversions,
six on the orange line, four on the red line.
That allowed us to replace 4000 linear feet of track
as well as make significant station improvements
in the core of the system.
The improvements on the green line
have included intersection upgrades
and the replacement of over 8000 linear feet of track.
We've done this work on the B and C branches
as well as the Mattapan high speed line.
We also did lots of secondary work as well,
plugging leaks in tunnels, renewing
the automated fare collection equipment
and inspecting not only track,
but also standpipes.
Having these diversions has allowed us
to not only do additional work but also
to accelerate the pace of investment.
In some cases we've been able to do projects
12 months faster than we'd originally planned.
Here at Park Street where we are today
we got this project done four months
faster than we originally planned.
One of the important lessons we learned
was that unforeseen events and conditions
occur in almost any kind of construction
or work project, and we needed to make sure
that not only did we have the right level
of management resource in place, but that management
was empowered to course correct as needed,
so that we could be sure that service
would open up normally on Monday morning.
We learned some important lessons from our customers;
that we need to be constantly communicating
with them, that we need to have clear,
accurate signage and that we need to plan
diversions that folks can understand,
and we'll be bringing those improvements into 2020.
I just wanna say thank you to our riders
and to the entire team at the MBTA
who made this program possible for 2019.
We are really looking forward to doing
the safety investment and capital acceleration
program for 2020 and building a better T.