Post Content

MBTA Commuter Train The MBTA Board of Directors has approved the purchase of 20 new diesel electric locomotives for commuter rail service.  The $114.6 million contract with Motive Power Inc. of Boise, Idaho will deliver the new locomotives beginning in 2013.

The acquisition of new locomotives is a high priority for the MBTA and is a critical element in improving commuter rail performance and service. 

The MBTA operates a fleet of 80 revenue service locomotives, the oldest of which were manufactured between 1978 and 1980.  Overhauled in 1989, these locomotives were programmed for retirement in 2005.  The purchase will allow the MBTA to remove the 20 oldest and least reliable locomotives from service, eliminating associated armature and traction motor failures. 

In addition to realizing increased reliability, the MBTA will significantly reduce locomotive emissions.  The new units will be required to meet “Tier 3” emission standards as regulated by the EPA.  Advancing the delivery of this cleaner technology will reduce fuel consumption by approximately 730,000 gallons per year and will reduce the following in emissions per year; particulate Matter – 26 tons, Hydrocarbons – 38 tons, and Oxides of Nitrogen – by 924 tons.  The reduction in fuel consumption will save an estimated $1.5 million annually.  Visit MBTA on the web to learn more and purchase commuter rail tickets.

Written By:

Recent Posts

MassDOT Announces Online Comment Tool for Capital Investment Plan posted on Jan 23

MassDOT Announces Online Comment Tool for Capital Investment Plan

MassDOT today announced the opening of its online comment tool that enables members of the public to easily provide input and suggestions on potential transportation projects to be included in the agency’s upcoming five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP). Following last year’s successful public input process   …Continue Reading MassDOT Announces Online Comment Tool for Capital Investment Plan

MassDOT Presented with National Award for Burns Bridge Project posted on Jan 23

MassDOT Presented with National Award for Burns Bridge Project

MassDOT today was presented with the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Public Works Project of the Year Award for the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project.  The $144 million project fully replaced the old Burns Bridge over Lake Quinsigamond and links Shrewsbury to Worcester.   …Continue Reading MassDOT Presented with National Award for Burns Bridge Project

Public Heliport Task Force Announced posted on Jan 21

Public Heliport Task Force Announced

Members of the Massachusetts Legislature from Boston, City of Boston government and elected officials, along with MassDOT and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development today announced the formation of a Task Force that will seek public input and hear from industry experts, transportation   …Continue Reading Public Heliport Task Force Announced