MassDOT has received $18.4 million from the Federal Transit Administration's 2011 State-of-Good Repair Program to replace its entire statewide regional fleet of 30 buses.
Customers throughout Massachusetts can expect to see the new buses operating under their host carriers
by late 2012.
The federal funds will purchase thirty state-of-the-art 45-foot ADA accessible passenger buses equipped with next generation clean diesel engines and power train systems. The new buses will replace all MassDOT 1998 diesel-powered buses, providing a significant positive impact on air quality through reduced emissions while offering passengers the most advanced safe and convenient transportation.
This regional bus network is critical to the mobility and economic vitality of Commonwealth communities, providing links with intercity passenger rail, human service transportation, water transportation, and the MBTA and Regional Transit Authority transit systems. This network provides rural access to Franklin, Barnstable and Berkshire Counties, and to revitalized Gateway Cities in Worcester, New Bedford, Fall River, Springfield and Pittsfield.
Massachusetts has one of the most multimodal public transportation networks in the nation, with the MBTA, 15 Regional Transit Authorities, and the state’s regional bus transportation network linking all parts of New England and Massachusetts to Boston. The regional network operates twenty-two regularly scheduled weekday routes with a fleet of 77 private and MassDOT-owned buses. Over 12,000 weekday commuters, regional visitors and residents use the network for travel to and from South Station and Logan International Airport.