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.
Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase posted on Aug 20
Governor Deval Patrick today announced an agreement in principle allowing the Commonwealth to purchase the Knowledge Corridor rail line between East Northfield and Springfield from Pan Am Southern, a joint venture of Pan Am and Norfolk Southern. The 49-mile segment of rail is currently undergoing …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase
Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule posted on Aug 19
MassDOT announced the successful opening of the new Morton Street Bridge in Mattapan more than a full day ahead of the already accelerated schedule. The original structurally deficient bridge carrying Morton Street over the MBTA commuter rail tracks closed on Friday, August 8 for final …Continue Reading Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule
Berkley: Padelford Street Bridge Opens posted on Aug 18
MassDOT’s Highway Division Administrator Frank DePaola today joined state and local officials in celebrating the opening of the new Padelford Street Bridge in Berkley. The $5.65 million project used fast track “Design Build” rapid construction techniques to replace the bridge structure. The result: a limited …Continue Reading Berkley: Padelford Street Bridge Opens