The MBTA announced this morning it could not lift the “global” speed limits on the Green Line this morning, as it had hoped yesterday:
While running a Green Line test train in areas where defects had previously been detected, crews identified speed signs that needed to be moved to implement block restrictions. As a result, the global speed limit will remain in effect until this manual process is completed.
In an update to the update, the MBTA says:
The MBTA has identified 30 speed limit signs that need to be moved on the Green Line, and that work is ongoing today. After that work is complete, the MBTA will once again run test trains on the entire line. The MBTA apologizes for the continued disruption to service for its riders.
Yesterday, interim MBTA General Manager Jeff Gonneville had said that while the T would lift “worldwide” speed limits — as low as 10 mph. in some places – it would enforce new speed limits in certain “blocks” of track until inspectors could pass those stretches and track workers could fix any problems they found, so that even without the “worldwide” restrictions, travel would still take longer.
Photo, courtesy of the Library of Congress, shows people above Switzerland’s Altsch Glacier sometime between 1860 and 1890.