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.
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