Rail & Transit

What is Rail & Transit?

The Rail and Transit Division provides oversight and manages funding for all 15 Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs), and manages freight, passenger, and seasonal rail lines across the state. MassDOT owns 14 rail lines (totaling to 285 miles of track) and 165 bridges, and works cooperatively with Amtrak and private railroad companies to provide intercity passenger and freight rail service to residents and businesses. Read More

Rail Safety & System Condition

The MassDOT Rail Division manages freight, passenger, and seasonal rail lines across the state and maintains its rail assets. In FY2019, the Rail division completed an Asset Management Plan which presents the current state of the Commonwealth’s rail assets and defines what is needed to achieve State of Good Repair across the system. Read More

RTA Customer Experience

The performance of the RTAs is important to the safety of passengers as well as the economic well-being of the Commonwealth. This section presents information on each of the RTAs as reported to MassDOT. Read More

RTA Safety

Operating public transit safely is of the utmost importance to every transit agency. Information on injuries and accidents is collected by the RTAs and reported to both the FTA and MassDOT and monitored by these agencies. Read More

RTA System Condition

Modern and well-functioning equipment allow RTAs to provide efficient, comfortable, and safe transit services to its passengers. The measures in this section describe the age and condition of RTA vehicles and facilities. Read More

RTA Budget & Capital Performance

These measures describe the efficiency with which RTAs allocate operating expenses. Operating expenses are the ongoing costs of operating a transit agency, including (but not limited to) wages and benefits, maintenance costs, and fuel. Read More

RTA Healthy & Sustainable Transportation

Ridership on the RTAs is measured as Unlinked Passenger Trips (UPT), which count each boarding of a transit vehicle as one trip. Transfer trips which involve more than one bus count as separate UPTs. Read More