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MBTA Positive Train Control

A map of MBTA's commuter rail system
Project Type
Public Transit
Financing Type
Credit Agreement Executed
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Project Description

The Project is the implementation of positive train control technology and associated supporting infrastructure required to comply with the federally-mandated PTC requirements (49 CFR 236, Subpart I).  The Project will be applied to all of MBTA’s commuter rail system with approximately 400 combined track miles (purple line on the map).  The Project provides significant safety benefits, by preventing trains from incursion into work zones without proper authority, keeping trains from being routed though misaligned switches, and protecting the movement of trains through failed or inoperative grade crossing systems.  It will be interoperable to accommodate tenant and host railroads sharing tracks. 

The Project is included in both state and local transportation planning documents, indicating that the Project is a high priority at the state and local levels. 

Project Details
TIFIA Assistance
RRIF Assistance
Primary Revenue Pledge
Sales Tax Revenues
Project Cost
Fiscal Year Closed
MBTA has contracted with Ansaldo to design, build, test and obtain FRA approval and certification for the PTC system.  Substantial completion is expected in December 2020.
Funding Sources
RRIF Loan: $220.0 million
TIFIA Loan: $162.0 million
Project Delivery/Contract Method
Project Participants
Design Builder: Ansaldo STS USA
Project Advisers/Consultants
To USDOT Build America Bureau:

Financial Advisor - Infrastructure Management Group, Inc.
Legal Advisor - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Project Lender
USDOT Build America Bureau
Credit Assistance Detail
Direct loan: $162.0 million. The TIFIA loan is secured by statewide sales tax revenues.
Financial Status
TIFIA credit agreement was signed on December 8, 2017, and will mature in January 2039.

This loan was refinanced in FY2020
Application Details
LOI Fiscal Year Received
LOI Received Date
Application Received Fiscal Year
Credit Agreement Executed
Initial Eligibility Review
Review Complete
Creditworthiness Review
Review Complete
Application Review
Review Complete
Estimated Project Cost
TIFIA Request
Instrument Type
Direct Loan