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.
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel
MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed posted on May 24
Effective immediately, hoverboards are prohibited on all MBTA property, including stations, buses, subways, trains, and commuter boats. MBTA subway and bus personnel, along with Keolis Commuter Rail staff have been informed that customers with hoverboards shall not be permitted to bring such devices into MBTA …Continue Reading MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed
MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement posted on May 24
Frank DePaola, P.E., who has served as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) since February 2015, announced to staff that he plans to retire after his current appointment expires on June 30. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack thanked DePaola in a letter …Continue Reading MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement