The MBTA is pausing the planned lifting of speed restrictions on the Green Line after they were expected to be lifted on Saturday.
This is after crews determined the speed signals that must be flown to implement the ban restrictions, according to the MBTA.
T has told riders to stop on social media.
Once again, riders have to plan around the T, this time with St. Patrick’s Day crowds and constant speed restrictions.
The MBTA’s acting president said Friday he was “optimistic” that the last of the global speed restrictions imposed on subway lines and T’s last week could be lifted by Saturday morning.
The entire Green Line remained under restrictions as of Friday, more than a week after Checking a portion of the red line triggered global speed restrictions On all four heavy and light rail lines.
However, pockets of track — about 25% of the total — will still be subject to restrictions, according to the MBTA, which means trains won’t be able to go over certain sections of track faster than 25mph, or 10mph on restricted curves and more. Specialized extensions of the track.
“I remain focused on the safety of reforming the system. This is what our riders want and deserve,” MBTA Interim General Manager Jeff Gonville said at a news conference.
It is not clear when all speed restrictions will be lifted across the system.
He noted that a “specialized and robust” independent investigation into the causes of the slowdown was underway. But he said he was satisfied with the pace of system-wide track checks, given how much more needs to be done with trains still running.
Gonville reiterated that riders should continue to plan for extra travel time and longer lanes on all subway and trolley lines, given the pockets of slow zones that will persist.
Next week, T plans to unveil a new dashboard that will let riders know exactly where speeds are being restricted on subways and trolleybuses.
Riders were frustrated Thursday and Friday by the MBTA’s speed restrictions.
Rail speeds have been reduced on all T lines. Last Thursday, building on the findings of the department’s inspection of the red line earlier in the week. It found several issues that required immediate attention, including concerns with first-priority lane conditions, right-of-way electrical access boxes and headlamp operations inside tunnels, and missing or inconsistent documentation about which repairs had already been made.
The sudden announcement slowed trains systemwide. Global speed restrictions were lifted the next day for the red, blue and orange lines, but it remained on the green line and — until Thursday — the Matapan trolley.
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