The MBTA is suspending the planned removal of speed limits on the Green Line after they were scheduled to be removed on Saturday.
That’s after crews discovered speed signs that must be moved to implement the restrictions, according to the MBTA.
T announced the break to riders on social media.
Once again, riders must plan around the T, this time with St. Patrick’s Day crowds and constant speed limits.
Acting MBTA chief said Friday he was “optimistic” that the latest global speed limits imposed last week on the T’s subway and trolley lines could be lifted by Saturday morning.
The entire Green Line remained restricted as of Friday, more than a week after an inspection of the Red Line section triggered global speed restrictions on all four of the T’s heavy and light rail lines.
Still, the tracks — about 25% of the total — remain restricted, according to the MBTA, meaning trains can’t cross certain sections of track faster than 25 mph or 10 mph on restricted curves and others. specialized track sections.
“I remain focused on the safety of fixing the system. That’s what our riders want and deserve,” MBTA Interim General Manager Jeff Gonneville said at a news conference.
It is unclear when all of the system’s speed limits will be removed.
He noted that a “dedicated and robust” independent investigation into what led to the slowdown is underway. But he said he was pleased with the speed of the system-wide track inspection, considering how much has had to be done to keep trains running.
Gonneville reiterated that riders should still plan for more travel time and longer trips on all subway and trolley lines, as pockets of slow zones remain.
Next week, T plans to announce a new dashboard that will let riders know exactly where the speed limits are on subways and trolleys.
Riders have been frustrated by the MBTA’s speed limits on Thursday and Friday.
Rail speeds were reduced on all T lines last Thursday based on the findings of a public facilities inspection on the Red Line earlier this week. It found a number of issues that required immediate attention, including concerns about the conditions of track one, right-of-way electrical boxes and headlight operation in the tunnels, and missing or inconsistent documentation around which repairs were made.
The sudden announcement slowed trains throughout the system. Worldwide speed limits were lifted the next day on the Red, Blue and Orange lines, but remained on the Green Line and – until this Thursday – the Mattapan Trolley.