Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), located in Boston on the northern east coast of U.S.A., is home to a fleet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses that just got a whole lot bigger. The delivery of 219 New Flyer CNG-powered buses, ordered in 2015, will be completed by next month.
The order comprises 175 40 ft CNG buses and 44 60 ft CNG buses. They will replace Silver Line buses serving the busy Washington Street corridor between Roxbury and downtown Boston.
MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack and MBTA Interim General Manager Steve Poftak says the delivery highlights the progress made under two years of the Fiscal and Management Control Board’s (FMCB) leadership of the MBTA. The accelerated capital delivery and targeted investments in the MBTA’s core system, infrastructure and fleet vehicles represent the larger reform efforts and focus of the FMCB installed by Governor Baker in the summer of 2015.
“The FMCB has taken action to modernize the fleet of buses and rail vehicles in order to deliver more reliable service to our customers,” said Secretary Pollack.
“Delivering quality bus service is an integral part of the MBTA’s multi-modal system, connecting people to jobs, school, shopping, and recreation,” said Interim General Manager Poftak. “These state-of-the-art vehicles incorporate proven technology to deliver reliable service, provide significantly better fuel economy, and offer better accommodations for customers with mobility challenges.”
Source: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority