MBTA Welcome 345 New Buses, Including 175 CNG and 156 Diesel-Electric Hybrids
Source: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Highlighting the progress made under two years of the Fiscal and Management Control Board's (FMCB) leadership of the MBTA, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack and MBTA Interim General Manager Steve Poftak today marked the delivery of 345 new buses to the MBTA's service fleet.
The $283 million in orders, placed in 2015, will deliver 375 total new buses by next month to the MBTA's fleet, including 156 diesel-electric hybrid buses, 175 compressed natural-gas (CNG) buses, and 44 sixty-foot, articulated buses, helping to replace the entire fleet of Silver Line vehicles serving the busy Washington Street corridor between Roxbury and downtown Boston.
"In two short years, the hard working volunteer members of the FMCB and leadership at MassDOT and the MBTA have made important strides in delivering the reforms and upgrades to make our Commonwealth's public transit system more accountable to taxpayers and riders," said Governor Baker. "With 375 new buses and 428 new cars joining the fleet and critical infrastructure improvements including over 45 miles of new third rail and heating infrastructure, the MBTA is making the investments that ensure riders have the more reliable and dependable service they deserve."