To replace existing locomotives between 35 and 40 years old, the MBTA is procuring forty new environmentally-friendly diesel-electric locomotives. Each will be rigorously tested and placed into service throughout the MBTA’s twelve Commuter Rail lines as they arrive through summer of 2015, allowing for the oldest equipment to be decommissioned.
In August of 2010, the Authority awarded a contract to MotivePower, Inc. (MPI) for the procurement of forty new Diesel – Electric Passenger Locomotives. The locomotive was designed and built by MPI at their facility in Boise, Idaho for a total contract value of $222M. Easily recognized by their distinctive new look, the new locomotives feature modern amenities; including new communication systems and improvements to passenger comfort.
The forty new locomotives are compliant with current EPA Emission Standards and will help reduce carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and particulate matter. Their engines are considerably more fuel efficient than the MBTA’s older equipment with GE predicting up to a 6% increase in fuel efficiency. This is estimated to result in approximately 10,000 gallons of fuel saved per locomotive per year, resulting in over one million dollars in annual savings.
Lexington: Route 2 Bridges Project Update posted on Aug 21
MassDOT next week will begin preparations to replace the Route 2 Bridges over I-95 in Lexington by implementing a traffic shift on Route 2 east and westbound. The work to prepare for the shift requires lane closures from 8:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM …Continue Reading Lexington: Route 2 Bridges Project Update
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