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MBTA New Locomotive 1, June 2010

The MassDOT Board of Directors today approved the purchase and/or lease of up to nine new commuter rail locomotives from the Utah Transit Authority (UTA). Once purchased and made ready for passenger service, this investment will mark the first time in 17 years that new locomotives will pull MBTA commuter rail trains.

MBTA is negotiating with UTA to determine the exact number to be purchased or leased. Built in compliance with MBTA requirements, the new locomotives are 'Commuter Rail-ready,' and will be in passenger service by this fall.

The engines are 3600 horse power, diesel electric locomotives. The purchase cost for each locomotive is $3.5 million, 80% to be funded by federal grants.

The operational benefits of adding these new locomotives to the T's fleet are immediate:
•    Improved reliability and on-time performance
•    More fuel efficient
•    Decreased emissions

Compared to the locomotives in the current fleet, the new engines burn less fuel and emit lower levels of nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbons. It's estimated the T will save about $78,000 annually per locomotive because the new engines burn 36,500 fewer gallons of fuel each year. Employing new technology that makes the engines more fuel efficient and prevents unnecessary idling, the new locomotives reduce nitrogen oxide levels by 38 ½ tons per engine annually.

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