MBTA General Manager Richard Davey at North Station, left, affixed the T logo to the side of the locomotive.
While used previously in Maryland, the locomotives continue to perform very well, and are half the age of most of the MBTA’s fleet. Two more locomotives from Maryland will go into service within a week, all part of the MBTA’s continuing efforts to improve the reliability of commuter rail service.
The addition of the Maryland locomotives follows introduction to the commuter rail system last month of two new state-of-the-art diesel-electric locomotives purchased from the Utah Transit Authority, the first new locomotives to join the MBTA’s commuter rail fleet in more than 20 years. The MassDOT Board of Directors in 2010 also approved the purchase of an additional 20 new diesel-electric locomotives at a cost of $114 million. The 20 new locomotives will be brought into service in 2013.
Thanksgiving: Travel Safely! posted on Nov 24
MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to check the latest winter weather forecast and plan ahead with the high volume of traffic on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected this year. Highways are typically busiest on the Tuesday and Wednesday before and on …Continue Reading Thanksgiving: Travel Safely!
South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward posted on Nov 24
Governor Deval Patrick today joined Acting MassDOT Secretary and CEO Frank DePaola and local officials to announce a contract award for the replacement of four bridges in New Bedford and Fall River along the future South Coast Rail Line. The improvements will advance South Coast …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced