Post Content

Effective Tuesday, August 25th, the MBTA will begin a federally mandated re-banding program.  Under this program, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires that public safety and public transit agencies across the country move to new frequencies to realign the radio spectrum. 

The MBTA is required to reconfigure its existing communication system facilities. Over the course of one month, the 800 MHZ band will undergo reconfiguration to minimize harmful Commercial interference to the public safety radio communications systems. 

During this time, real-time arrival countdown signage regularly available at stops along the Silver Line/Washington Street corridor will be temporarily deactivated.    Signage will be posted along the Silver Line corridor notifying customers of the temporary de-activation. 

In addition, Global Positioning System (GPS) technology will be unavailable to dispatchers in the MBTA’s Bus Operations Control Center.  As a result, bus dispatchers will not have the capability of making real time schedule adjustments.  As the MBTA’s mobile radios are reprogrammed, they will begin to migrate over to the new frequency set and begin to populate the data system.   Completion is slated for September 24th, but communications personnel are determined to complete the transition before that date. 

The MBTA apologizes for any inconveniences customers may experience during this period of transition.

Written By:

Recent Posts

MassDOT Announces 2021 Transportation Innovation Conference posted on May 6

MassDOT Announces 2021 Transportation Innovation Conference

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that the Transportation Innovation Conference is scheduled to be held virtually this month, on Tuesday, May 25, Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27. The purpose of the conference is to showcase the latest technologies and equipment and to convene transportation officials, advocates, members of the private sector, and municipal officials to discuss trends in the industry, government-involved programs and initiatives.

Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane Returning to Pre-COVID Operations posted on May 5

Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane Returning to Pre-COVID Operations

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that the Sumner Tunnel “swing lane” will return to a pre-COVID operation schedule on Monday, May 10, 2021. The swing lane will be activated weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and will have scheduled adjusted openings on holidays and special events, as needed. This lane is utilized to accommodate returning traffic volumes on Route 1A.

Statewide Exit Renumbering Work Update posted on May 5

Statewide Exit Renumbering Work Update

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing the status of new milepost-based signs at various locations on Interstate 93 northbound and southbound between Boston and Methuen. The sign installation operations are continuing nightly during overnight hours from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. The work is expected to be completed in approximately four weeks.