MBTA Approves Contract to Rebuild Wellington Yard and Upgrade Orange Line Signal System

The MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) voted Monday to award a $102.7 million contract to Barletta Heavy Division for rebuilding the Wellington Rail Yard and upgrading its signal systems.

“At a total capital investment of $1.98 billion, we are not only purchasing a new fleet of Orange and Red Line vehicles, but our Red and Orange Line Infrastructure Improvements Program also covers infrastructure upgrades to track, power, signals, and facilities like Wellington Yard,” said MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramírez. “Although customers might not feel the immediate impact of these upgrades, they are just as necessary to providing a more reliable, dependable service that our customers deserve.”

The 36-month project is necessary to support the arrival of 152 new Orange Line cars. Under the contract, Barletta is responsible for the replacement of critical elements throughout Wellington Yard, allowing for the operation, proper maintenance, and reliable service for the new vehicle fleet. The scope includes excavation, drainage system repairs, new ballast and ties, new running and restraining rail, traction power work, switches, signal equipment, switch heater control cases, third rail heater control cables, junction boxes, signal cable conduit and trough duct banks, wayside telephone system, a fixed WiFi data network, CCTV system, and a fiber optic/copper cable network system for local voice/data communications.

Barletta submitted the lowest of three bids for the contract.

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