Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Amtrak to replace faulty ties, stall MBTA service

Riders on four MBTA commuter rail lines will soon face more crowded trains and reduced schedules as Amtrak begins a three-month project in Boston to replace what it says are “defective” concrete ties, the same product that has caused headaches for the T on its Old Colony Line.
“They were supposed to last 50 years. Ours didn’t last but 10 years,” Amtrak spokesman Clifford Cole said of the ties manufactured by Rocla Concrete Ties and installed in the Hub’s southwest tracks in the early 1990s. Continued

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