Tracker 2018

Rail Performance


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Number of derailments

Derailments in Massachusetts have decreased in the past year. At the same time, between two five year periods beginning in 2013 and 2014, respectively (FY13-17 and FY14-18), the number of derailments per 1000 miles has remained unchanged.

A derailment occurs when on-track equipment leaves the rail for a reason other than a collision, explosion, highway-rail crossing impact, etc. These can be reduced by inspection and maintenance of the rail and rolling stock and by operators following the speed limits. This measure is reported using a 5-year rolling average.

Number of reported hazmat incidents

The incident rate involving hazardous materials is very low. However, the rate has increased 73% over the last few years (between FY10-14 and FY14-18), though the increase from FY13-17 to FY14-18 was minuscule (0.1).

This measure tracks the reported incidents involving hazardous material transported via rail.

Number of highway-rail incidents

After increasing 33% between FY10-14 and FY13-17, the rate of incidents at highway-rail crossings in MA decreased by 10% between FY13-17 and FY14-18.

This measure tracks the total number of reported incidents at highway-rail grade crossings (including pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.). Highway-rail grade crossing means a location where a public highway, road, street, or private roadway, including associated sidewalks and pathways, crosses one or more railroad tracks at grade.

Budget & Capital Performance


Capital Budget Spent to Date vs. Planned

The percent of capital dollars spent by the end of the fiscal year refers to the portion of the capital budget that was utilized compared to what was budgeted in MassDOT’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

In FY18 the rail programs, combined, spent 83% of the original amount budgeted in the CIP. This was an 11% decrease when compared to FY17.