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NEW COMMUTER RAIL LOCOMOTIVE IN SERVICE


Start Date: 4/16/2014

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BOSTON – MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott was at North Station today when the first of forty new Commuter Rail locomotives went into service on the Haverhill Line. “This is a great day,” said Dr. Scott. “This state-of-the-art equipment allows us to continue our efforts to improve customer satisfaction by providing the most reliable rail service possible.”

To replace existing locomotives between 35 and 40 years old, the MBTA is procuring forty new environmentally-friendly diesel-electric locomotives. Each will be rigorously tested and placed into service throughout the MBTA’s twelve Commuter Rail lines as they arrive through summer of 2015, allowing for the oldest equipment to be decommissioned.

In August of 2010, the Authority awarded a contract to MotivePower, Inc. (MPI) for the procurement of forty new Diesel – Electric Passenger Locomotives. The locomotive was designed and built by MPI at their facility in Boise, Idaho for a total contract value of $222M. Easily recognized by their distinctive new look, the new locomotives feature modern amenities; including new communication systems and improvements to passenger comfort.

The forty new locomotives are compliant with current EPA Emission Standards and will help reduce carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and particulate matter. Their engines are considerably more fuel efficient than the MBTA’s older equipment with GE predicting up to a 6% increase in fuel efficiency. This is estimated to result in approximately 10,000 gallons of fuel saved per locomotive per year, resulting in over one million dollars in annual savings.


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