MBTA purchases new locomotives for commuters

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

The Boston Globe picked up on the MBTA’s purchase of 20 new engines specifically for their commuter lines.

The new locomotives will allow the T to retire a significant part of its aging fleet of locomotives, which are blamed for about half of all service delays on the commuter rail lines. About 14 percent of all commuter rail trips were late during the first half of this year.

The engines are diesel/electric, and according to the MBTA will be more environmentally friendly, saving 700,000 gallons of fuel per year, equal to $1.5 million. But we’re not going to see any savings–or new trains–until 2013.

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